The New Yorker on the feature paradox
James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, has written a short article in The New Yorker on the feature paradox.
“The fact that buyers want bells and whistles but users want something clear and simple creates a peculiar problem for companies. A product that doesnâ€™t have enough features may fail to catch our eye in the store. But a product with too many features is likely to annoy consumers and generate bad word of mouth, as BMWâ€™s original iDrive system did. […]
The strange truth about feature creep is that even when you give consumers what they want they can still end up hating you for it.”