7 04, 2019

For 28yrs the Women’s World Cup shirts were men’s???

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How ridiculous is it that the clothes were not even made for women

This year Nike is making uniforms that fit women.

Maybe the men should wear those new Nike women’s jerseys for the next 28yrs.

6 04, 2019

Spring is here

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4 04, 2019

Hiring a UX designer for a technical enterprise company

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There are many kinds of designers lumped into UX designers. There are visual designers, information architects, website designers, consumer app designers, usability engineers, interaction designers, UI designers, human factors engineers, user researchers, and I am sure that I could come up with more. The point is that there are different flavors and emphasis around different types of design within UX.

When you begin looking for a designer, do not get caught up in the tools and the specifics. Every designer needs to learn and adapt to the tools and specifics of a project or company. What you need to focus on is what kind of product that you need to design.

Most enterprise applications that I have worked with are very complicated, have many kinds of users and roles, require lots of configuration, have a lot of information, require huge amounts of setup, are transactional, and have stateful screens. Understanding the users, the business domain and the technology is essential to the creation and execution of good designs. So understanding how the designer works through this process, tools, models, techniques, negotiations, testing and validation.

All of what the designer shows and communicates has to be in the pursuit of simplifying this complexity for the user. They need many of the skills of each type of designer in UX but really needs to be deep in the area that is most challenging for your team. Many cases there is a huge gap in expertise in the enterprise team around interaction design and how a user can follow through this complicated system to get their job done with ease.

The trap that I frequently see is that enterprise software organizations typically have huge engineering teams and have rarely had designers. […]

3 04, 2019

How do you know that your customer will buy what you are making?

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Whether you are a startup or a long time business, why do you think the next product you build they will buy? You build it… they will come?

We spend more time worrying about the tools and processes we have then the needs of our customers.

What other investments do you make where you spend this much time and money and have no idea whether you are going to get what you want?

Spend time observing your customers. Get to know them. Walk in there shoes. Know their dreams and what they think about when they are awake. Intimately understand them and you will solve the problem that they will pay for … Not just your fantasy project.

2 04, 2019

Finding consultants who make your company better

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Forbes article: Why Fit Beats Best Practice

PwC’s study:

  • 77 % of fast growth companies show high alignment between their innovation and business strategies vs. only 32 % of slow growth companies.
  • 71 % of fast growth companies show high alignment between their company culture and innovation strategy vs. only 33.3 % of slow growth companies.

McKinsey:

  • highly aligned companies were six times more likely to be organizationally healthy than companies that were weakly aligned.
  • Focusing on all 37 management practices, according to McKinsey, is a guarantee for failure. Instead, companies should choose and implement a set of practices that fits well together.

“The simple conclusion that follows from these two studies is that *FIT* beats best practice.”

These numbers are a great support for the work we do at my company LeapFrog Systems. We focus on helping our clients improve and transform in their way.

1 04, 2019

Thank you at work

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Saying thank you is a small way to show your colleagues that you appreciate them.

So why do people not say thank you?

  • They are uncomfortable
  • They are distracted
  • They don’t realize your effort
  • There is unresolved conflict

Why Is ‘Thank You’ Difficult for Some People to Say? – Huffington Post

31 03, 2019

Appreciated employees are more productive

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The Power of Appreciation

by Mike Robbins

When people feel valued or cared for they were 43% more productive and only 23% more productive if only recognized for their work. The lesson is to focus on who people are not what they do. (Appreciation does not mean like, agree with, or let’s be best friends and go hang out – it means recognize the value of.)
Here are the 3 things we need to do to cultivate appreciation:

  1. Need to look for it
  2. Create practices and a commitment to actually do it: schedule it
  3. Receive compliments more graciously
30 03, 2019

Some people need positive feedback to feel affirmed

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We all need feedback to learn what we need to improve on. Some of us need feedback in a positive fashion to give us an extra boost.

On most of the teams I have been on we have been so focused on getting the work done that we have not focused on the small wins. Maybe we should. Maybe we should focus on the small wins and give those members of the team that need it, a little boost.

29 03, 2019

Beautiful tiles from plastic

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A fantastic way to reuse plastic containers. Tiles are created that can be used for your bathroom or kitchen backsplash.

https://avc.com/2019/03/funding-friday-renewable-plastic-tiles/

28 03, 2019

Feedback is required for team agility

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Giving and receiving feedback is not easy but it is necessary. Feedback is the way individuals and teams learn and improve. But how should feedback be done.

I was looking around for some inspiration and I found this article written on giving feedback to your colleagues.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Colleagues

Some thoughts they have is:

  1. Get a Buy-In – get the person to agree before providing feedback
  2. be specific on where you want to offer feedback. For example, you could say, “Can I share some thoughts about the sales presentation you’re working on?”
  3. Offer a specific amount of time
  4. Don’t ask to talk immediately
  5. come prepared to your meeting by preparing specific examples and actively planning to refrain from making assumptions
  6. After you produce data or a tangible example, give your impact statement. Why does this fact matter, and who on the team is affected by it?
  7. ask a question and open the floor to the person who is receiving feedback.

This list has some very good suggestions. However, this approach and examples given seem to create a very awkward social experience.

Taking something I learned from ToastMasters training and sessions.

  1. Feedback has to be part of the every day process – it is a habit that can be embedded after every meeting, presentation, demo, etc.
  2. Feedback should be given in the sandwich method… The person delivering the feedback starts with something positive… Then they provide the constructive actionable criticism… Then they end with another positive piece of feedback

This removes the awkward social aspect of giving feedback. In addition, by forcing the person providing feedback to think of two things that are positive, it makes him consider the critique in a more holistic perspective. It also helps the receiver consume the […]