Idea Machine

The new habit I’m trying to build is to become what James Altucher calls an Idea Machine. Basically, that means generating 10 ideas per day. They don’t have to be good ideas, just ideas.

The premise is that it builds your idea muscle to the point that you can generate ideas at any time you need. I’m planning to share this experience, so if you’re already reading this blog, stay tuned.

And if you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

Jump In

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 Failure of the Segway

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.

The Rise of UX Leadership

The Rise of UX Leadership

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.