Maths Magic 6th Milestone

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Yesterday was a beautiful day. My team and I hit the 6th milestone for Maths Magic. Looking back at the past 6 months, it has been a long and fruitful journey. I remember the first time I met the owner of the idea in December. I was instantly hooked to the concept of the game and saw were it could go to if I handled it.

Back in December, I was working on a project for a client so I couldn’t look at it actively. However when the subsidy strike hit and the other project failed, the entire team was forced to review tactics. Push had come to shove it was do it or let it die. Looking at localhost, it was time for an innovative solution.

Maths Magic was originally called the Sum Game. Most of the failures from the past year are hosted at :- http://valiant.gnbo.com.ng/Downloads I have learnt through everything that game development is an intersection of business, entertainment and technology.

Looking back, here is a list of the mile stones

  1. March 5 :- Release of the beta version. This was the very first version of Maths Magic released. The user interface was not the priority. Rather, the goal was to test the functionality and the game play.
  2. April 4 :- Won a Windows Phone at Windows Phone 7 Depth Camp. This event held from the 2nd to the 4th of April. It was one of the craziest weeks of my life. Admist all the challenges, the development of the base code under three days was a feat of genuis.
  3. April 17 :- Showcase Tuesday at Co-Creation Hub http://www.cchubnigeria.com/ was a resounding success. Apart from the feedback received, validation of the choice of Maths Magic as a flagship was received.
  4. April 26 :- Presentation at Mobile West Africa http://www.mobilewestafrica.com/wp/ was a resounding success. More feedback and validation was received. Personally, I felt that the years spend failing and learning are now coming together.
  5. May 15 :- SourceForge upload http://sourceforge.net/projects/mathsmagic/ was a significant milestone.
  6. May 17 :- Confirmation that Maths Magic is on the Windows Marketplace.

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At the end of the process, it was good to get into the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. I look forward to finding my application in the store as soon as I can. Please download and play it: it’s free.

Looking at how far as a team we have come and the work that is left, I am deeply moved by all that has been achieved. J2ME and HTML5 are planned at some point in the future.

Let me end this post with a quote from Tacitus “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” we hope to continue making the plays. Thanks everyone for your support. We promise to continue walking.

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Iron Man Business Model

Iron Man

In the past week the movie Avengers was released. For comic readers it was validation that all the years spent reading comics were not in vain. The movie mirrored the comics so well that you wonder if the script writers did anything.

I have always been an Iron Man fan because my life and his mirrored each other. Here’s why:

i) Descendant of an Engineer :- My dad studied Electrical Engineering and I studied Systems Engineering.

ii) Built the suit on a deadline :- For me Maths Magic was a now or never project.

iii) Lives by his own rules :- I am a renegade.

Flagship Product

Enough about me. What was always fascinating growing up was the business model he used to grow Stark Enterprises. After building his suit as his flagship product, Tony Stark ensured that the suit was the sum total of the entire skill set of his firm.

Anything that there wasn’t a suit for, you could be sure that Stark Enterprises had not ventured into that field. For me, that is my intention with Maths Magic. After completing the versions for Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Desktop, I am currently developing the J2ME version. The goal is to ensure that I have developed HTML5 and native android versions by the end of this quarter if possible.

Good Solo

This cannot be over-emphasized. Iron Man is good at execution without the crowd. That is why he continues to fascinate and thrill us viewers.

Iron Man Solo

Team Player

As seen in the Avengers movie, when the threat to earth required a partnership, he was able to work well in a team. True every team must go through the process of storming before the process of forming is complete but at the end the world was saved.

Avengers

In the end maybe Tony Stark isn’t perfect. Well who is? The lesson is to remain teachable and open to feedback. And let’s remain passionate doing business.