User Experience : A quick introduction for developers

The following is an internal summary I wrote for a team that no longer exists, summarising a number of references from UXScotland, various book and blog posts. It extends the thoughts from my Pecha Kucha talk. For more details, please refer to the links throughout and the references at the bottom. The context here is … More User Experience : A quick introduction for developers

Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time

Plan ahead (with contingency) Whatever works for you – personal JIRA, Trello, stacked sticky notes, dead tree notebook Stay focussed Specify windows to check your email (e.g. first thing in AM and after lunch) and ignore emails until that window Rather than letting new tasks distract you, write them down, then continue on your current … More Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time

De-pluralisation: strategic blinkers

The process of de-pluralisation takes all your existing problems and combines them into one simple manageable problem: “it’s JavaScript”, “it’s Windows”, “it’s the CDO” with a simple manageable solution “kill it”. Like all simple solutions it’s almost always wrong. “People aren’t complying with our data quality. Users keep putting in wrong email addresses.” “The new … More De-pluralisation: strategic blinkers

Working exactly to spec

Well done roadworkers in Spalding, told to “repaint the bits you dig up” they did EXACTLY that (via @Voice_Nigel) pic.twitter.com/xcDBeGLWak — Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) April 8, 2016 Is there a problem? The work was completed to spec. Any additional work was likely to break the time and cost estimates. The work meets the current standards. … More Working exactly to spec

Sugar coated icebergs

Prototypes are great. They let the user see and feel what the final product will look like, either in printed or in online form. They suck when the customer wants it next week because “it’s just a bit of wiring up to get it working” And they can be dangerous. Ship that button without properly … More Sugar coated icebergs