December 2010

Filler-Speak

On the radio I heard a person say, “I’m glad the mayor is thinking of housing as the solution for homelessness.”  (Editor note: duh!)  She wasn’t being sarcastic and making a joke.  She was being a talking head that stays on message and tries not to say anything controversial. I recently interviewed a candidate that also said alot of words without saying anything of substance.  He used cookie-cutter answers that filled...

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Happy Holidays 2010

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for the loudest three little monsters you ever saw.  My goodness, my 3 boys were a terror today.  I should have made them run a few miles in the park.  They were wound up and fighting like crazy.  If they weren’t so cute, I swear I would eat them for dinner. After eating them, all would...

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Trying another approach

Over the past few months I have seen many examples of people trying to make a certain approach work to solve a problem.  At some point, they gave up on the first approach and tried a different one.  Immediately incredible progress was made.  It looked like this: It was literally the day they switched that you could see massive progress.  The key questions are:  How do you know its time...

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Hand Written Holiday Cards

Every year, I hand write a bunch of holiday cards for my co-workers.  No one else in the company does this (to my knowledge).  I don’t know why not.  It’s a wonderful gesture that most people really appreciate.  An email doesn’t have nearly the same emotional connection as pen to paper.  In a world of digital everything, a simple piece of paper goes a long way. One thing I have...

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What if they Googled you?

I am interviewing people to hire a Sr. UX Designer.  Guess what is the first thing I do whenever I receive a resume? If you guessed “Look at the resume” you would be wrong. The first thing I do is search for the person’s name in Google.  Unless you live in a cave, you have a presence on the web.  Facebook, LinkedIn, personal website, portfolio, twitter, etc etc;  All of...

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Seasonal affective disorder

According to Wikipedia: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year, experience depressive symptoms in the winter… …prevalence in the adult population of the US ranges from 1.4 percent (Florida) to 9.7 percent (New Hampshire) Apparently, it’s related to sunlight.  (Thus the decreased percentage in Florida)  This makes alot of sense.  We spend a...

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Dreamforce 2010

I spent the other day at the Moskone Center in San Francisco attending Salesforce’s annual conference, Dreamforce.  There were alot of people there, way more than I expected.  Last year it was crowded and big, but this year it just seemed gargantuan. Marketo had a platinum booth this year, right in the front.  We had booth-babes, mascots and everything.  It was quite impressive.  I spent some time at the booth...

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The inspiration of Music

I often dream of being a famous song writer.  Being the front man in a famous rock band isn’t the point for me.  Music draws enormous groups of people and focuses them extremely concise topics.  In short, the audience sings the song along with the band.  They memorize the lyrics at home and in their car and want to come to see the artist so they can sing along.  Stadiums are filled...

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The Myth of Time-to-Market

I’ll start with the punchline: Getting to market faster is not important at all. Every company I have ever worked with in the past 15 years pressured the development staff to deliver functionality faster.  We need to get to market first!  Quicker!  4 months???  Make it 1!!!  It has been nearly universal.  I see it everywhere.  A ton of companies release products before they are ready.  This is especially true...

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The UX of LED Holiday Lights

I love holiday lights.  They are bright and festive and make the cold dark times of the year more fun and bearable.  One movie that really inspired me was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  He decked out every inch of his house.  Growing up a family had put blue lights all over their house and it was beautiful and awe inspiring. The last few years we have lived in a house that...

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