“UX proponents tell tall tales about how good design really takes place. Bottom-up, evidentiary design implies that the designer is ultimately unnecessary, a mere facilitator who draws out a solution from the collective… And top-down, genius design becomes indistinguishable from salesmanship. As a result, design dissolves into other, more established disciplines like business intelligence, product marketing, and corporate evangelism. It’s an error that makes good design look far easier and more replicable than it really is. And worse, it allows people to conclude that their own expertise from data analytics to advertising to illustration is a sufficient stand-in for design.”
“The faster a business grows the faster it dies also … We decided to put ourselves on a growth program … so all decisions from then on were made as if we were going to be here a hundred years from now. Slowing down the growth, saying no to a lot of opportunities and just being more responsible.” – How I Built This – Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard
The fella whose never made a mistake has never made anything
— Ralph Affleck
I’ve not yet been responsible for a roadmap but I have certainly fed information into them, so I was very keen to check out yesterday’s meetup and hear from a panel who disagreed and agreed on the merit and use or uselessness of product roadmaps. The panellists were
— David J Bland (@davidjbland) April 9, 2015
This week a colleague rushed up asking how long it would take to produce a journey and the answer was … it depends.
Monday 23rd March was the fourth installment of the Sydney chapter of the Jobs to be Done meetup, and the first co-organised by me. That’s right, after so many years of attending meetups I’ve finally stepped up to help Christian keep the ball rolling. As always we were wonderfully and generously hosted by Brainmates who also host and sponsor Product Mavens and Product Talks Sydney. I’ll be getting along to one of those very soon.
I am rather impressed as I’m working away in an open office environment, when I hear colleagues cite our company principles. And I should add they are cited sincerely, are being used to think about behaviour — not being used ironically.
“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. It’s a pretty good test and I think this rule has served me well.”
— Mark Zuckerberg
Is there a downside to everyone being happy at work? Is conflict good or bad? Does hiring for cultural fit produce group think? A great summary over at HBR of what to consider if your goal is to foster a critically engaged team.
I am incredibly fortunate to work in an amazingly well planned and thought out open office and hot desk environment. But even with full focus zones it can be difficult at times to concentrate because of distracting background conversations.
Should you be a UX designer, a UI designer, a visual designer, a front end coder, or a back end coder? Can you be all of them? Can you be a few of them?
The Good Design Awards have a new website and are open for submissions. Interestingly, there are two new categories recognising the expanding role and remit of design: Social Innovation and Business Model Design.