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

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 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?

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

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

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

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…

Getting Started with OKRs

Just like new technologies,  methodologies can suffer from the hype cycle.  OKRs are no exception; I’ve met a number of people deeply disillusioned with OKRs and unwilling to give them a second chance. But just like Lean or Agile, just because a…

A Library of Visual Thinking

Over the last two years, I’ve deeply committed to working visually. I’ve sketchnoted talks, used visual stories to innovate, and taught a few hundred people to do the same. Over and over I have found this approach improves both quality,…

The Timing of OKRs

If you have looked over my radical focus OKR approach and are ready to put into place OKR’s, you’ll want to plan out the timing for implementation. Assuming you’ve done a training (or done your research), and everyone understands and is…