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Bringing User Centered Design to the Agile Environment

Boxes and Arrows

When the exciting opportunity to work in a post-bubble dot.com startup arose, I jumped to take it. I had the luxury of doing things exactly as I thought right, and for a while it was truly fantastic.

Agile 111

Jason Fried on design

Xplaner

Jason Fried on Design. Open Jason Fried on Design on NextSlide. Dave Gray talks with Jason Fried of 37 Signals about his design process. Did you like this? If so, please consider buying me a coffee!

The complete value creation model

Innovation 360

As promised, here comes the complete value creation model I have developed over the years – all development made in real and challenging business development cases.

ZipBuds: a short story in product development

Bennett Cherry

When students ask what it takes to get a product developed from concept to consumer, I now have another great example to share with them: ZipBuds, from Digital Group Audio (DGA).A A little background would help, wouldn't it? Here's how it goes.Erik Groset, President and Co-Founder of DGA, has been a featured Guest Entrepreneur in my classes over the past 2 years and has done a masterful job of. confidence ingenuity innovation perseverance photography solving a pain stories student entrepreneurs

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Designing for Social Interaction

Boxes and Arrows

It took both the telephone and the mobile phone 15 years to amass 100 million users, but Facebook did it in 9 months. We see more and more people becoming connected on online social networks, and it seems our networks are growing exponentially.

Design 110

Emotional Design with A.C.T. - Part 1

Boxes and Arrows

As UX professionals, we strive to design engaging experiences. These experiences help to forge relationships between the products we create and the people who use them.

Design 105

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So You Wanna Build a Library, Eh?

Boxes and Arrows

The following article is an abridged version of Chapter 7 of Nathan Curtis’s 2009 book, Modular Web Design published by New Riders. The book’s first half addresses how to modularly break down your design, build it back up, and communicate in new and interesting ways.

Faceted Finding with Super-Powered Breadcrumbs

Boxes and Arrows

Most of the today’s finding interfaces do not support integrated finding effectively, often creating disparate search and browse user interfaces that confound people with a jumble of controls competing for their attention.

IA Summit 10 - Dan Roam Keynote

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

IA Summit 10 - Day 1

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

The Stranger's Long Neck

Boxes and Arrows

Show Time: 33 minutes 42 seconds. Download mp3 (audio only) Download m4a (with visuals, requires iTunes, Quicktime, or similar) Ireland’s Gerry McGovern shares a few of the key ideas in his recent publication The Stranger’s Long Neck – How to Deliver What Your Customers Really Want.

IA Summit 10 - Day 2

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

IA Summit 10 - Whitney Hess Keynote

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

IA Summit 10 - Day 3

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

IA Summit 10 - Richard Saul Wurman Keynote

Boxes and Arrows

This year marks the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit. Our theme is meant to inspire everyone in the community—even those who aren’t presenting or volunteering—to bring their best ideas to the table.

Google, Stanford, and The Government Fight Swine Flu

Boxes and Arrows

Bolt | Peters recently collaborated with Stanford University’s Bill Behrman on designing the Google Sites template for local governments to use as a backup to deliver information on the H1N1 outbreak, and also disasters and emergencies in general.

How to Win Friends and Influence People Remotely

Boxes and Arrows

Living in Australia and working with team members based in the US and India, discovering ways of being more effective in my job, has become a bit of a hobby. However my situation is not unique. Knowledge workers are increasingly required to work in a distributed manner – in some cases this is working specific weekdays from home, in other cases it involves close interaction with team members spread across continents.

The complete value creation model

Innovation 360

As promised, here comes the complete value creation model I have developed over the years – all development made in real and challenging business development cases.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Company is a force for good

Innovation 360

Today, when moderating a table at founder alliance one of the delegates just came from a meeting with Bransson who dropped the line “Company is a force for good” Worth thinking about.

The flying geese

Innovation 360

In the Spring, when you see geese heading North for the Summer or South in the Fall, flying along in ”V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.By flying in ”V ” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Drawing facial expressions

Xplaner

Here’s a quick video on drawing facial expressions. You might also want to check out a related post from Communication Nation in 2005. You can also see a larger version of the video here. Did you like this? If so, please consider buying me a coffee!

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The enemy of past success

Innovation 360

There is nothing more dangerous believing you are successful, nothing in the past success guarantees any future success. It is your perception and capability that impact future success. Even things happening that are feelt to be out of you control you can still adopt to it, overcome it and finally learn how to live under uncertainty.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.

THE INNOVATIVE TREND CREATES DEMAND FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL PEOPLE

Innovation 360

The most trendy right seems to be innovation. Companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google has created a wave of management literature, lectures and theories that will help others to think as creatively. Innovation has long been recognized as key to getting businesses to achieve success. Innovation creates new markets and opportunities for improvement.

THE INNOVATIVE TREND CREATES DEMAND FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL PEOPLE

Innovation 360

The most trendy right seems to be innovation. Companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google has created a wave of management literature, lectures and theories that will help others to think as creatively. Innovation has long been recognized as key to getting businesses to achieve success. Innovation creates new markets and opportunities for improvement.

NEW CREATIVITY

Innovation 360

Art for art’s sake has become an obsolete expression and entrepreneurship is the solution to the cultural worker’s needs. Our politician aims to bring out the entrepreneurial spirit of our artist, e.g. as the Swedish government has now developed an action plan for cultural and creative industries.

Entrepreneurship by son of the preacher

Innovation 360

The other day I spoke to Hans Rosling , professor in global health and advisor to the world’s leaders. He gave me he gave me a very tangible advice on how to establish a business in Africa as I was writing a trendwatch about Africa together with my college and friend Maria Sporre: “Find a missionary’s son who you can work with, listen carefully and stay place to understand the culture.” ” If you are intressted in the full trendwatxh please visit [link].

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Even more insanely by Steve Jobs

Innovation 360

When it comes to innovation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is legendary. His company slogan “Think Different” is more than a marketing tool. It’s a way of life–a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation that anyone can apply to any field of endeavor.

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DNA coded pit falls

Innovation 360

I all companies I have worked in or with, including the one with the best entrepreneurs, there are a few pit falls that seems to be inherited in entrepreneurship regardless of culture, trade or geography. Before pointing those out outlining my suggestions let´s set the scene: The DNA of entrepreneurship is about believing, it is about doing the impossible, literal going where no man went before– with determination, focus and a pathological believe that you will success.

DNA coded pit falls

Innovation 360

I all companies I have worked in or with, including the one with the best entrepreneurs, there are a few pit falls that seems to be inherited in entrepreneurship regardless of culture, trade or geography. Before pointing those out outlining my suggestions let´s set the scene: The DNA of entrepreneurship is about believing, it is about doing the impossible, literal going where no man went before– with determination, focus and a pathological believe that you will success.

Social entrepreneurship – philanthropy or business?

Innovation 360

Sweden was distinguished visit in the spring, by Richard Branson, CSR’s new rock star and super-entrepreneur. Not only as a model for social responsibility – in his own special style, he has also taken the throne as a social entrepreneur with the now winged words “a business is a force for doing good” But what is social entrepreneurship really?

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.