On Habbo Hotel and Scrum

The two topics do not really relate but they come up in one article that Valerie from alarm:clock euro linked to. GigaOm also has a few comments on the article, also stating that the Sulake Labs, the finish start-up behind Habbo Hotel, is making something like $77 million a year at the moment. Not bad for a 2.5d virtual world. The article is a good read though on learning more how they stumbled upon their success.
Our company has, indeed, stumbled onto some of its new products. But never forget that you can only stumble if you’re moving. – Richard P. Carlton, Former CEO, 3M Corporation
It’s a really interesting model their playing with, and fun to hear a bit about what “games” people play within the game. I also found it interesting that the founder talks about having moved all development to an agile/scrum methodology and now releasing every 30 days. They seem to be very happy with it and the switch must have been very hard, especially if you pull it through 100%. The uncertainty that comes into the system is sometimes challenging. The speed, happiness and creativity is the reward.

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2 thoughts on “On Habbo Hotel and Scrum

  1. chantelle god July 23, 2008 at 12:44 Reply

    this is boring

  2. Marmaris November 12, 2008 at 11:43 Reply

    interesting model their playing with, and fun to hear a bit about what “games” people play within the game. I also found it interesting that the founder talks about having moved

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