Need someone to lead product management at your software company? I create software for people that create software and I'm looking for my next opportunity. Check out my resume and get in touch.

Of Mushrooms and children's shows

Freshness Warning
This blog post is over 21 years old. It's possible that the information you read below isn't current and the links no longer work.

I don’t eat mushrooms. Never have. When I was a kid, Mr. Rogers used his nifty TV picture frame gizmo to show a film about how they grow mushrooms. After seeing that, I had no interest in mushrooms and don’t to this day.

Thanks to Mr. Rogers, I made forests with my broccolli and carrots and learned why ants follow their trails. After a picture frame movie on crayon making, my friend and I used his sister’s Easy Bake oven and some broken crayons to make new crayons. As I grew, my mother marked my height on my Mr. Rogers wall chart and loaded it with stickers proclaimming “I ask lots of questions” and other such things.

Mr. Rogers has slipped on his comfortable sneakers and hopped the trolly to the Land of Make Beleive for the final time. Thanks, Mr. Rogers, you will be missed.

March 1, 2003 10:57 AM

The crayon making one was always my favorite. And it doesn't get much worse than actually visiting a mushroom farm. We set up an Oracle database and touch screens for a muchroom company last year and ewww

March 3, 2003 11:38 AM

whoa, other people remember the crayon one! that's the one i remember most clearly. actually, the only specific detail i remember at all. it was just that cool.

This discussion has been closed.

Recently Written

Great prodct managers own the outcomes (May 14)
Being a product manager means never having to say, "that's not my job."
Too Big To Fail (Apr 9)
When a company piles resources on a new product idea, it doesn't have room to fail. That keeps it from succeeding.
Go small (Apr 4)
The strengths of a large organization are the opposite of what makes innovation work. Starting something new requires that you start with a small team.
Start with a Belief (Apr 1)
You can't use data to build products unless you start with a hypothesis.
Mastery doesn’t come from perfect planning (Dec 21)
In a ceramics class, one group focused on a single perfect dish, while another made many with no quality focus. The result? A lesson in the value of practice over perfection.
The Dark Side of Input Metrics (Nov 27)
Using input metrics in the wrong way can cause unexpected behaviors, stifled creativity, and micromanagement.
Reframe How You Think About Users of your Internal Platform (Nov 13)
Changing from "Customers" to "Partners" will give you a better perspective on internal product development.
Measuring Feature success (Oct 17)
You're building features to solve problems. If you don't know what success looks like, how did you decide on that feature at all?


What I'm Reading


Adam Kalsey

+1 916 600 2497


Public Key

© 1999-2024 Adam Kalsey.