How to Make a Concept Model

Originally published in Boxes and Arrows May 6th, 2014. I realized recently I never published this here, on my blog. I also realized I’ve never written up the thing that prompted the model I wanted to build. hmmm…  I can draw….

Picking a Market

In the Creative Founder, students are paired semi-randomly, and then spend a semester trying to get to product-market fit. I always start them with market selection. A market has three key elements (because everything comes in threes. It makes better…

What is a Market?

This is the first of a series of essays for my class, The Creative Founder. Follow our progress in our Medium Publication, The Creative Founder. You’ve probably been to a farmer’s market. Picture yourself there. There are people walking around,…

The Three Jobs of Product Management

No matter how hard and long you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. If you don’t want to have a psychotic break, you probably work 8–12 hours a day allowing for some sleep and rest. Time is…

GUEST POST: A Map from Goals, Around Assumptions, Through Tasks, Towards Results

As I prepare for the fall semester, John has kindly agreed to a guest post, sharing some of his fascinating thinking on connecting tasks to goal. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! – CW A Map…

One Objective to Rule them All

@cwodtke Would you recommend that a company has only one top level objective? — Lukas Dryja (@nizm) August 31, 2016 @nizm yes. — Christina Wodtke (@cwodtke) August 31, 2016 Lukas asked me a series of smart and frequently asked questions….

Teaching Game Design in Non-Game Design Programs

This fall, I am teaching a class on game design, which prompted this post: A letter to my colleagues everywhere Hello fellow Interaction Design Program Faculty! (and UX and all you other variously named programs!) I’ve been incorporating game design…

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…