Category Archives: Content with Context

Flipping my perspectives

When David Robinson and I launched Flipped Startup, we knew that a key theme of the content we create and the workshops we give is to provide lifelong learners with examples and experiences of the power of flipping their point … Continue reading

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What if what we know is wrong?

Many years ago I came across a diagram of the four boxes of knowing: I was reminded of the box about “what you know that is wrong” while listening to Dana Chisnell’s talk on “Rethinking User Research and Usability Testing … Continue reading

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Seeing Organizations – How do you teach?

Several years ago, David Socha and I wrote an article “Is Designing Software Different From Designing Other Things?” In the article I shared my Chris Alexander “Ah Hah” moment about designing better software products: “Successful software design processes include an … Continue reading

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ConveyUX – Highlights from the cheap seats

Last week I managed to squeeze time into my crazy schedule to attend the ConveyUX conference in Seattle sponsored by BlinkUX. I was delighted to see the international turnout and many familiar faces from the UW HCDE program. While I … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Effectual Entrepreneuring Pedagogy

I have the privilege of teaching a great group of Human Centered Design and Engineering graduate students at the University of Washington in the course “Designing a Human Centered Venture.” Last week in our eighth class of the quarter I … Continue reading

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Review of Empirical Research Through Design

Design Research is one of those quirky phrases that I have a difficult time parsing.  Does design research mean that I am doing research on design (itself a tricky word as demonstrated in an article I co-wrote on “Is designing … Continue reading

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Find. Copy. Paste. Tweak.

“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.  If it was around, it’s an appliance.” - Alan Kay I keep thinking that nothing can amaze me any more when it comes to technology. Then I come face to face … Continue reading

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Listening for Life

In the late 1980s, Donna Stoering showed up in our lives in Southern New Hampshire when my wife sang with Donna in the St. Elizabeth Seton church choir. Donna gave us one of those gifts that keeps on giving when … Continue reading

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Graduate Students – Best Knowledge Transfer System

Way too many sleeps ago, Russ Ackoff shared that the best information retrieval system and best knowledge transfer system was the collection of graduate students that worked with him at Penn’s Wharton School. “Every morning when I come into the … Continue reading

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Conveying Complex Thoughts

While preparing for my recent presentation for the Design Strategy Conference 2012, I went through a labor of love trying to make some complex ideas and experiences understandable. To help me with this process, I engaged my colleague, Christine Martell … Continue reading

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