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

One small cable

This small $3 USB OTG (On The Go) cable opened up the world of USB peripherals to my phone. And I am excited! I can hook up a keyboard (complete with a touchpoint and a touchpad) and type away. The touchpoint/touchpad worked. Even Alt-Tab to switch between running...

My kanban

I added a kanban view to my jobs database recently. It made at-a-glance status updates way easier. The Doing and Waiting lists are limited to 6 cards each. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to this... You can read about kanban here:...

Square peg round hole

Jeanny Wang on Somewhere.com shared this insight with me recently: Clement Mok wrote a piece back in 2003 asking whether the diversity and fragmented state of design is the root cause as to why the field will never establish itself as a respected and united...

Vaclav Smil nuggets

My highlights from a Wired interview with Vaclav Smil: This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading. the demise of US manufacturing dooms the country not just intellectually but creatively, because innovation is tied to the process of making...

The MoSCoW Method

The MoSCoW method is a useful technique to clarify product requirements during design specifications. I was asked to describe it to someone recently. Here is the write up of it. Must Have: basic required functionality to qualify to play. The fundamental of the...

Maybe you need a project designer?

I think some projects are missing a crucial role in the form of a Project Designer. Management stakeholders/sponsors aside, you typically have the project visionary who carries the big-picture, driving vision for the project, and the expert implementers who are tasked...

From vision to realisation

Sometimes, it can take a decade or two to realise a vision in all its glory. I remember using an early Newton. The potential was profound; the implementation much less so. The technology was simply not there yet. Twenty years later, the Galaxy Note 3 is the Newton...

Visual résumé 1990-2014

This is a (still work-in-progress) update of my visual résumé. The intention is to provide an overview of my education, work history, values and key...

Permission to tool up

We need the right tools for the job. That seems obvious enough doesn't it? And yet on several recent occasions I found myself procrastinating over getting the right tools. I caught myself making do, with less-than-optimal tools, because they were still "working" and...

Context, relevance and richness

The volume of information we have access to coupled with the short attention span of social media seem to foster a population that increasingly knows just enough to react, but not enough to contemplate or comprehend at a deeper level. In our rush towards the next...

Confidence vs arrogance

Do you find yourself wishing you could be more confident at times? Wishing you had the gift of the gab and the effortless charisma to be the life of the party? Or even just the ability to make decisions with unwavering conviction? There is no denying that confidence...

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