Category Archives: Content with Context

Whiteboarding: Designing a software team

Not knowing what I was getting into (a common state lately), I joined some former colleagues to catch up on their new venture. They asked me how I would go about designing a software team for their new pivot. They … Continue reading

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Both/And or Either/Or?

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” Abraham Maslow As good left brained analytics trained by Western “education systems,” many of us technical folks believe that there is one right answer to … Continue reading

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And no communication occurs – the perils of mentoring

“Communication is the results that you get, not the words that you speak.” – John Grinder Before teaching a graduate school class at UW, or mentoring an entrepreneur, or giving a workshop, I take a few minutes to repeat the … Continue reading

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Daydreaming of Kindle Social Highlights

One of the joys of riding the ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge Island is bumping into the eclectic collection of friends and colleagues somewhat randomly. The other night I had the pleasure of sitting next to John Lange from Amazon. … Continue reading

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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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