Block Your Talk

Block Your Talk

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. You’ve written a great talk, you’ve made your deck (or not!) and you’ve practiced. But have you considered how you’ll move while speaking? First, you have to know…

Presenting is Performance

Presenting is Performance

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. When the Game Developer’s Conference invited me to give a talk on the User Experience of Games, I said yes faster than Jane Austin character to a marriage…

Personal OKRs, Three Years Later

Personal OKRs, Three Years Later

Don’t know anything about OKRs? Read The Art of the OKR first, and/or Personal OKRs. Also, personal OKRs are for your personal life, individual OKRs are for performance tracking at work.  NOT the same thing! This is a personal essay about…

Creative Founder Class is Available!

Creative Founder Class is Available!

At California College of the Arts, Creative Founder is that elective that students tell each other “You have to take it.”  We’ve been blogging our progress on medium this year, and I’ve shared our process from picking a market and market…

After NaNoWriMo

After NaNoWriMo

If you’ve never heard the acronym Nanowrimo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each November half a million people worldwide write 50K word novels in 30 days. Let’s take a second with that sentence. Half a million people. 50k…

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s…

Sprinting from Story to Offering

Sprinting from Story to Offering

Part 3 of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette This is the third part of a three part essay on rapid MVP creation to start testing assumptions. It was written for my Creative Founder class. Part One and Part Two. In our last…

Ideation Sprints for New Products & Services

Ideation Sprints for New Products & Services

Part Two of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette This is the second part of a three part essay on rapid MVP creation to start testing assumptions. Part One is here. It was written for my Creative Founder class. There are two useful…

Needfinding for Disruptive Innovation

Needfinding for Disruptive Innovation

Part One of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette A startup must be in the business of disruptive innovation. Making a company that is only slightly better than the incumbent is a path to failure. In Eager Seller, Stony Buyers John Guernville describes…

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

I’ve been teaching storytelling for a couple of years now, and have discovered there is a particular shape that produces really compelling and interesting tales. To prove that this shape works, I run an improv game. I get a bunch of…