Paul Gates taught a powerful message at Coast Hills Community Church this weekend. I recommend the whole video, but I particularly liked his advice to get people to tell you their story. It’s so much more powerful than the normal small talk we make with people.
Well, there are two types of careers. You can either learn something and then go do it. Or you can learn something and then go do something else.
David Nordfors, The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market
User testing can be a lot like a cold pool on a hot day. You can agonize about getting in – making excuses and putting it off for fear of the bracing cold. But once you get into it, it’s so refreshing.
The Thing From the Future looks like a fun game for imagining cool scenarios for the future.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and to discover all along the prisoner was you.
Corrie ten Boom
Critics jumped on the dorky aspect and the high price, but those weren’t the dooming factors. Early adopters often put up with cost and ridicule for innovations that meet real needs. But no one needs a Segway.
Erika Hall, Just Enough Research
Thought this was a great point, especially on this, the eve of the alleged iWatch.
Never get a haircut at a barber shop that sells hats.
… Most dysfunction falls into familiar patterns — and that’s good news because, once you understand the patterns, it’s easier to come up with a plan to manage them.
The opposite problem for some executives is that they can be too close to customers… They get so much feedback from their sales teams that it leads to feature creep — adding features to satisfy every customer. Along the way, any semblance of a coherent user experience is lost. The result: a highly-reactive product development culture in which extra features are continuously bolted on, making the company vulnerable to more pro-active competitors who have a laser-like focus on UX, which can be a potent disruptor in many industries.
This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
Jim Stockdale, 8-year Vietnam Prisoner of War