Category Archives: University

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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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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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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“We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

The buzz around badges is heating up in the educational environment. Whenever I hear badges, I immediately think of the old western movie where the hombre exclaims “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.” Cathy Davidson has a thoughtful post on … Continue reading

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Search and you shall receive

Sometimes we are so close to technological advances that we forget what an amazing world we’ve created for ourselves. I was reminded of this world of magic when I set out to search for my deceased uncle’s EdD dissertation. I … Continue reading

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Software Practice – A PaineFull Discussion

One of the joys of teaching graduate school is getting to interact with bright young HCDE PhD students. Recently, I’ve been able to spend quality time with Drew Paine, a software engineering graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Drew reminded … Continue reading

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