Archive for February, 2012

The Missing Agile Principle @agileuxnyc @giffconstable

February 25, 2012

He is finding lots who talk about doing; less doing. (reminds me of dinner conversation with Jeff Patton).

In manifesto what is “value?”. Look at VC definition–might be end customer.

Know what KPIs are.

Conversation is shifted from knowing it is done to knowing it is good.

Eric Ries mentioned for validated.

UX should be the stewards of value. UX community is not talking about value. Path! Need to ground things in value.

WordPress for iPad crash again. ;(

Focus on results. And communicate in results, metrics and progress. That gives you credibility in the organization.

1 think like an owner, even in big company
2 think holistically
3 no us vs them
4 involve early and be transparency – see Pixar documentary. No egos slain. Makes people not want to show work in progress
5 people want to work on something meaningful
6 build culture of hypothesis not egos not hippo
7 mentor and get mentored across company lines (Tobias Mayer coaching complaint addressed)
8 be scrappy, don’t ask for permission, be persistent, broadcast win

Don’t fear measurement. Own results. Yes, metrics are muddy.

Ground yourself in progress.

Ultimately work is meaningless unless we provide value.

@jboogie @agileuxnyc Demystifying Design #leanux #demystify

February 25, 2012

Wow, doing a presentation while organizing conference. An example of hyper productive. 🙂

Started his career working at Circus. Had to figure out the culture. Used example of Sneetch. In one end goes requirements, other end comes Sneetches with stars on their bellies.

We like it like Wizard of Oz. Insulates us from Them. Mass can adore us from afar.

But it becomes a cancer. Everyone splits off into silos and no communication.

Everyone starts using different language. This puts PM in middle, (used Frodo as PM! 🙂 )

Transparency builds trust. Because they know what’s going on.

Robert Dailey study in Management Daily – how tight is the team. (reminds me of a tech lead saying to me “we getting the band back together?”)

Show how sausage is made.

Learn Design is a balancing act. When people collaborate, their investment goes up and quality of work goes up.

(Oh no! WordPress crash)

UX becoming facilitators.

Sometimes okay just to reveal it was just gut.

Architect for the Eden Project. Ground is being quarried. Look for TED talk.

Marc Scheff

Typekit – showing font affect right away

1 draw together
2 show raw work don’t wait for ta-da, walk them thru process
3 teach the discipline – every time you show work, teach rationale and decisions, teach the jargon
teach jargon, examples KERF carpentry, sanguineous crust is a scab, cognitive load
4 hang the work in the halls

@neilw @agileuxnyc how design works @betaworks raw notes

February 25, 2012

Invest in companies (like Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter)

Build companies, but not an incubator

Think of themselves as stem cells for Internet

Right now focused on Big Data + real time + social

Cameron Cauzon (sp?) wrote about designer stack.

Specializations across mobile

Have skills not roles. Jump into spiral and do.

Give a 100-day window to build something end-to-end

(Oh-HO they invested in SocialFlow)

Break up products into smaller parts

See New Yorkers article on Pixar.

Firefly for clicking and chatting on site. But quality of discourse would, um, degrade as it was real time and if lots there at same time.

Bloggers understand short online life of bloggers, and very slow traffic numbers.

Realized nyt writers really had a need for a dashboard of timed metrics on blogs.

(btw – I am sitting by two folks from a startup bought out by Nielsen.)

Model and iterate

-sketch and iterate, everything is a transitional document

– has a grey real-timey scroll of events, feels alive

Culture matters- want people who get that UX is collaborative, and jump in

demo culture
– every Thursday different team demos

Showed SocialFlow’s Graffitti of 2 train to express culture, open space, hacker culture

Design is how it works – Steve Jobs. — no above or below the line

@semanticwill @agileuxnyc “everybody lies” talk @theladders raw notes

February 25, 2012

People forget what they just did — so this is an issue when we test.

“mute” on mic — it is a mute button! People are expecting a power button

Jacob Nielson

Honeycomb: value at center

Usable, useful, desirable, accessible, credible, findable /valuable

Heuristic evaluations can be complete

(There is a book on web form design!?)

He thinks eye tracking a bit like phrenology ( figuring out if you right for a job based on head shape), but good thing is that found out recruiters spend seconds on your resume, not self-reported 5 minutes

Great slide on The Ladders method – plan every Friday

Looking for boulders not pebbles in usability testing that can get into sprint fast

Product Design Guild guy on testing beer prototyping, by second beer you will see how they really interact with your product

Cash get people in the door. Gift cards cause bias.

Can present with wireframes and say what are you looking at and what would you do next.

Make sure in testing you make clear to test subject we are testing product NOT user. If there are products is because designed poorly.

Ask good questions, that get at what is in user’s head. Open-ended questions, that invite them to think.

[Keeps mentioning book titles super-fast, I can’t catch titles. 😉 ]

No recruiter reads that resume summary at top. Look for education.

Do an affinity grouping by key findings.