In Defence of Childish Things: UX Week Talk

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” C. S Lewis When we become professionals in a modern world of specialization, we set aside many…

A Joy Project

Last spring, a class I was going to teach got cancelled because of a scheduling mixup. I got back six hours a week of teaching time, and I realized that six hours would soon get eaten up by something. So…

Why Key Results Need to Be Results

If you know nothing about OKRs, please start here: Art of the OKR. Or buy my book, Radical Focus. I think it’s rather good.  .@cwodtke … I keep reading varying interpretations of "results" in OKR. Ranging from tasks/steps to measures of…

Beyond the Slide

It’s 2006, and I’m sitting in the office of my pal Rasmi’s company, Uzanto. We’ve been chatting about her business, then she leans forward and whispers conspiratorially, “We’ve started on something new. It’s Youtube for PowerPoint.” “Oh cool,” I replied….

In Praise of Q&A

At a recent conference, I ran into the organizer at the first coffee break of the morning. She was fuming. “They keynote.” She growled. “What? It was a strong talk.” “She ran short! It was a 20 minute talk!” “She…

This is a post for my Story class students, posted here in case it’s interesting to my readers. They are working on making an Interactive Fiction piece set in a dystopia. Interactive Fiction is a text-based game in which you…

NEW: Report on OKRs from O'Reilly

Introduction to OKRs is free on the O’Reilly site.  If you’ve read my book and blog, much will be familiar, but it’s a great way to introduce your colleagues to the core ideas. http://www.oreilly.com/business/free/introduction-to-okrs.csp “There’s no question that the goal-setting…

Are you tired?

After coming home exhausted from a very social weekend, my coach the wonderful Andrea Corney asked me, what do you do to rest? This got me thinking. I’ve been tracking my energy levels for awhile, since reading Write Every Day….

GUEST POST: OKR for Agile Teams

I’ve really excited to announce this guest post by Felipe Castro. One of the most common questions I get is, “how do Agile and OKRs fit together?” Felipe is an Agile coach AND an OKRs proponent, and thus the perfect…

Product as Hero Storyboard

Long time readers know I am completely obsessed with story architecture, and use it in many things: writing (of course), presentations and even product design. I have a version of the story   that is particularly useful when trying to design…