Tenacity

Tenacity is the quality of being determined and persistent. I have found tenacity to be a key factor in long-term success. My father grew up during the Great Depression. His father had died when he was young, and he was raised by his single mother, grandmother and sister. Jobs were hard to find but, like … Read more

Customer Experience Innovations

From a recent Forbes.com post What customers want and expect is constantly changing. To stay ahead of the competition, companies need to constantly be finding new ways to serve customers and enhance the customer experience. These 20 companies showcase the freshest examples of customer experience innovation. 1.  Mercedes Launches AR Owner’s Manual Car owner’s manuals are … Read more

Neri Oxman’s Krebs Cycle of Creativity

Inspired by the Krebs Cycle for citric acid, Architect, Designer and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, Neri Oxman created the Krebs Cycle of Creativity. Ms. Oxman explains that we usually think of Art is for expression, Science is for exploration, Engineering is for invention and Design is for … Read more

Contextual Inquiry

Contextual inquiry is a semi-structured observational and interview (inquiry) method to understand how and why a prospect or customers uses (existing) or may use (prototype) your solution in the environment that they use it (context). This could be using an appliance in a kitchen, a tool on the shop floor, a device in a lab, … Read more

Easy to Use 2.0 Audiobook

You can now listen to the Easy to Use 2.0 audiobook! Here are few things that folks have been saying about Easy to Use 2.0: “It’s refreshing to see the thoughtfulness and design expertise Sean Van Tyne brings to the enterprise software space. It is a technology category that’s ripe for design-led disruption, and this … Read more

Fail Fast, Succeed Faster

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft “Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.” … Read more

The Creative Process

According to some of the latest theories on creativity (componential theory), creativity is composed of three components: task motivation, domain-relevant skills, and creativity-relevant processes. Motivation is often intrinsic, though it is for some people, or some of the time, extrinsic as well. Domain-relevant skills are often technical (e.g., knowing how to conduct research, for a … Read more

Test Your Riskiest Assumptions First

How do you know you’re making the right bets with your ideas? Which bets do your ideas hinge on? These are our riskiest assumptions. They need to be tested before you spend your valuable time and money. With the ‘problem’ in mind, map out the customer journey to identify the riskiest assumption. Armed with a … Read more

It’s Really a Riskiest Assumption Test, Not a Minimal Viable Product

“There is a flaw at the heart of the term Minimum Viable Product: it’s not a product. It’s a way of testing whether you’ve found a problem worth solving. A way to reduce risk and quickly test your biggest assumption. Instead of building an MVP identify your Riskiest Assumption and Test it.” – Rik Higham, … Read more

UX Design Creating Transparency and Trust for Machine Learning

How we make machine learning transparent to our customers is one of the great design challenges of our time—and a very necessary one. Machine learning refers to different kinds of algorithms that learn from inputs like human interaction or data and create evolving feedback over time from that input. It can use preexisting data to … Read more