Category Archives: startups

Agile doesn’t have a brain

  My friend Bill Scott once said at a conference, “Agile doesn’t have a brain.” What he meant by that is due to Agile’s software engineering roots many organizations that have adopted Scrum, XP and similar methodologies have done so through … Continue reading

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Purity vs. Pragmatism

  “That’s not Agile!”   “We’re not being lean enough.”   “We’re not supposed to make deliverables!”   Sound familiar? I hear these statements all the time from teams moving towards a more evidence-based approach to product discovery, conception and … Continue reading

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Announcing Lean Day: UX – A Lean UX conference in New York City

I’m very proud to announce the launch of Lean Day: UX – a one day, single track Lean UX conference taking place on March 1st, 2013 in New York City. Continuing on the success of this year’s Agile UX NYC, … Continue reading

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Take that meeting…

“I don’t really use LinkedIn or Twitter.” “I don’t go to meetups.” “I don’t really have time to meet people.” These are just a few of the phrases I hear all the time from people I come across — whether … Continue reading

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What The Karate Kid Can Teach Us About Agile and UX

In the Karate Kid (the first one, aka the good one) the seemingly innocuous Mr. Miyagi takes on wayward Daniel-san and teaches him to totally kick-ass in karate. While the movie is a prized trinket of 80’s pop culture, heartwarming … Continue reading

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Lean UX is not just for lean startups

As the conversation around Lean UX heats up in the blogs, Twitters and conferences a lot of reference is made to the ideas of lean startup promoted by Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others. Many discussions focus on how user experience … Continue reading

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Rock bands and Startups

For a good portion of the 90’s and early 00’s I was a touring musician. There were 5 or 6 of us (depending on the band), we were young, determined and hungry – both figuratively (we wanted to be rock … Continue reading

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Why I spent my weekend talking Agile and User Experience

“What are you going to do this weekend?” “I’m going to hang out in the Financial District with a bunch of folks from various disciplines and locations to discuss the intersection of Agile and User Experience.” “All weekend? Um, that … Continue reading

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Call Their Baby Ugly and 4 Other Tips for Designing with CEO’s

CEO’s can be a tough group to design for – after all, it’s their vision with which you are now entrusted. I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my career to work closely with several CEO’s. From fledgling ideas to high-growth companies … Continue reading

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Lean IA: Getting out of the deliverables business

Updated: This topic has been expanded with a broader focus from Lean IA to Lean UX. The full essay version of the topic can be found on Smashing Magazine while the most recent presentation deck version can be found on … Continue reading

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