Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Export from Freemind to Word outline

If you use Freemind to plan a document before writing it in Word, this is how you export a Freemind map as a Word outline. From the File menu, choose Export then Using XSLT… For the XSL field, browse to and choose the mm2wordml_utf8.xsl file. On my computer, the XSL...

Two must-learn Word features

If you think and write long, structured documents, these are the two features in Microsoft Word you MUST learn. 1. Outline From: Create a document outline in Outline view The outline view and associated controls let you move, demote and promote topics. When you move a...

Design thinkers and the MBTI

Industrial designer Michael Roller asked designers to take the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to see whether designers fall into certain personality types. He compiled the results here. http://www.michaelroller.com/?p=996 Apparently “designers are less akin to the...

Blinded by potential?

Seeing the potential in a person or a situation is great. It is one of the strengths of being a problem solver, a designer, a fixer. But we mustn't let that blind us to the reality: that potential we see so clearly may not ever be realised. And even it it were, the...

Two ways to use notes

As a memory aid. When the literal content matters. These notes are read and edited iteratively to compose a fine piece of writing, or reread to reinstall force learning. New thoughts and ideas may or may not happen. As an aid to thinking. Where the outcomes (clarity,...

16 New Rules of Business

Hire outside the box. Time shift your team. Do a bit of everything. Tune out. Be transparent. Enforce a hard stop. Don't think in annual terms. Splurge on things that are often overlooked. Toss out the projections - your business is you. Embrace a hybrid model. Ditch...

Investing in not-haves

We invest a lot of time, energy and other resources in what we don't have. Just like how we focus on fixing our weaknesses, instead of magnifying our strengths. Have you noticed how quickly we can list our lacks and weaknesses? We entertain this fantasy that we will...

Purposing

I have always be somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of “repurposing”. It's like leftovers. Nothing wrong with it. But not quite the sort of thing to serve dinner guests. To repurpose is to re-use an existing product with minimal modifications so as to create a...

Projects are like mahjong

Working through the stages of a project is like working through a shanghai mahjong (shanghai solitaire) formation. A new formation can be initially overwhelming when we first encounter its complexity. Just like a new project. There are so many factors both explicitly...

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