Product as Hero Storyboard

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…

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Two weeks before the end of the quarter, it’s time to grade your OKRs, and plan for the next cycle. After all, you want to hit the ground running on day one of Q2, right? There are two common systems…

Narrative and Games

Narrative and Games

Each spring break, for my Story class, I assign a project of playing a game with a strong narrative elements OR entirely narratively driven in preparation for the next project, Interactive Fiction. I thought I’d share the list, and perhaps…

The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week

The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week

As with my other “myth” article, it starts with me reading an essay, frothing at the mouth a bit, running out of characters on Twitter and ending up here where I can type more than 140 characters. Like the previous…

It’s Not Easy Being She

It’s Not Easy Being She

tl;dr If you knew having a woman’s name would sink your sales, would you use a pen name?  Writing a book is hard. Not because writing is hard work. It is. But lots of things are hard work. Figuring out why…

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The class I teach is called “Story,” and the first assignment was to give a “TEDette.” I defined the project as a five minute talk using a personal story to make an audience care about a scientific principle. Y’know, like…

Why Use OKRs?

Why Use OKRs?

Ben Lamorte, coach at okrs.com, tells this story[i] “My mentor and advisor, Jeff Walker, the guy who introduced me to OKRs once asked me, “When you go on a hike, do you have a destination?” I paused since I was…

The Only Silver Bullet

The Only Silver Bullet

It’s a beautiful day on the baylands, and I’m walking along, looking at the tall golden grass and blossoming fennel, waiting for my kid to get out of school. I’m having a Clarity conversation with a CEO of a startup….

The Myths of Product Management

The Myths of Product Management

There have been a bunch of articles lately from designers on product management in the Silicon Valley. It’s making me slightly crazy, so I’m going to write a short and sloppy essay from my perspective. I’ve been a designer, a…

Radical Focus is HERE

Radical Focus is HERE

You Executioner’s Tale fans, OKR proponents and people trying so hard every day to make great things happen… it has arrived!!!!!! Get it now Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results How do you inspire…