I recently read an article from Jared Spool, of User Interface Engineering, that was written as if he were writing about my personal experience. The article, Essential UX Layers for Agile and Lean Design teams, identifies key concepts I have found helpful with agile UX…
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that. Continue reading To design something really well…
“Death is very likely the very best invention of Life. It is life’s change event. It clears out the old to make way for the new….Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life….Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
-Steve Jobs, 2005
Stanford University Commencement Speech
Here is another great video illustrating the evolution and impact of crowd sourcing on digital media. The video is done in the style Michael Wesch’s Web 2.0 video. Crowd-sourcing is a powerful method of data collection that evolves concepts much faster and more comprehensive than traditional methods. Imagine a synapse in our nervous system, now imagine that synapse as a person. You get the idea…
How Your Company Would Have Ruined the iPad2. Real world observations that differentiate the good design from great design.
For those who are involved with Product Development, the Process Classification Framework is a must have reference to ensure your organization has the necessary processes in place to succeed. The Process Classification Framework or PCF is a cross industry product development lifecycle standard that has been developed by an open source community of product development professionals and the APQC (American Productivity & Quality Center).
The PCF includes the fundamental stages and corresponding tasks within the product development lifecycle. Continue reading APQC Process Classification Framework
Another great presentation by cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch at UX week hosted by Adaptive Path. Dr Wesch continues to illustrate the evolution and impact of media on our cultural evolution. A must see for anyone working in New Media.
It took tens of thousands of years for writing to emerge after humans spoke their first words. It took thousands more before the printing press and a few hundred again before the telegraph. Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. A Flickr here, a Twitter there, and a new way of relating to others emerges. New types of conversation, argumentation, and collaboration are realized. Using examples from anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, YouTube, university classrooms, and “the future,” this presentation will demonstrate the profound yet often unnoticed ways in which media “mediate” our culture.
When developing a strategy to institutionalize user-centered product design within an organization, it is important to understand your audience. There are many different roles within an organization however, when it comes to product development there are 2 main groups you need to work with when institutionalizing user centered product design. Continue reading Institutionalizing User Centered Product Design – Understand Your Audience
This may sound obvious but I have to say it. Companies cannot succeed without clear, easy to understand business objectives. Business objectives provide direction. Easily understood and highly socialized objectives are fundamental to efficient and effective operation.
So how do companies clearly define business objectives and ensure all development and operational efforts align directly under those objectives? It’s easier than you think. All the company needs is a D.A.D.
Getting everyone in an organization to work together can feel like an impossible task. Many Company leaders have referred to this challenge as “Herding Cats”. While it is challenging to get folks to agree and commit to a shared vision, there is a technique that fosters consensus. Continue reading KJ Technique – Agree on Priorities