newsletter #16 | 20-Sep-2016
I got involved in a Twitter discussion about how a writer defined “active listening” in a UX Booth article:
newsletter #15 | 16-Aug-2016
“We saw your cautions about demographics in personas versus deeper motivations that transcend the easily visible segment — and how Jobs to be Done similarly helps us focus on underlying motivations.” Weston Thompson
How do mental model diagrams compare to Jobs to be Done, or to Outcomes? Read More
newsletter #14 | 19-Jul-2016
On my latest client project, we experienced the typical madness around recruiting. The people we thought we set out to find didn’t define themselves the way we did, resulting in a mid-course correction. And then even with the new definition of whom we were seeking, the recruiting firm couldn’t find enough people. We had to step in and recruit for ourselves. Read More
newsletter #13 | 21-Jun-2016
When I help clients learn to conduct listening sessions, commonly people want an example of what it means to go deep. I will do a demo and several exercises. Sometimes this doesn’t quite illustrate what I mean, so I also do one-on-one coaching. Read More
newsletter #12 | 07-Jun-2016
Congratulations to Danny Spitzberg of Peak Agency and Ben Judy of Intuit, who each win a print copy of Mental Models.
I received 15 entries, most with good stories about understanding other people’s mental models and how it helped clarify what to design and what to leave off. Read More
newsletter #8 | 05-Apr-2016
I attended the Managing Experience Conference last week, where, for the first time ever, I heard from researchers who already believe in “going broader” in the scope of their studies. That felt awesome! Read More
There’s a cycle that we follow when we develop products: Think-Make-Check. It’s also called a few other things, such as Ideate-Prototype-Test. No matter what the vocabulary, it’s the cycle that organizations seek to spin faster, to make lightweight, to allow for less risky failure. All these are good goals. I don’t want to interfere with the spinning of this cycle. Read More
newsletter #5 | 16-Feb-2016
Most organizationss imagine they understand the problem, and don’t take time to research it. They are content to use what they imagine as the basis for developing their solution. The problem space is where they’ll get their strongest insights and innovations, but you wouldn’t suspect this based on the amount of effort put toward exploring their solution and the people using it. Read More
newsletter #4 | 02-Feb-2016
How did you get interested in the career path that you are following? When I ask people this question, the answer I often hear is “because I wanted to make things better.” There are so, so many things out there that make your eyes roll. Read More
newsletter #3 | 18-Jan-2016
I Want to Go to the Park!
Maybe “research” is not your core job description. But you (and your organization) believe in making informed decisions. You’ve been thinking that it’s time to hear from outside people (again). It’s time to understand their larger intentions and purposes. It’s time to map your way through the next decade of product development, rather than just looking a year ahead. Yeah, it may be time to do this, but getting started-and finished-can be doggone difficult.