Archive for June, 2010

a good evolution?

While learning new skills, we are losing others. Does this create product opportunities to support and develop the passing skills? E.g mind-mapping software can help focus you on contemplation and thinking.

“Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.

He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is the ethic of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption — and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.”


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self-referencing time-related adage…

Hofstadter’s Law – “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”

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turn feedback into inspiration

“Steve Jobs has often cited this quote from Henry Ford: "If I’d have asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘A faster horse!‘ "

This is Jobs’s defense of Apple’s reluctance to listen to even its most passionate customers, and the line is a good one to remember the next time you’re considering a new round of focus groups. "The whole approach of the company is that people can’t really envision what they want," says Reid. "They’ll tell you a bunch of stuff they want. Then if you build it, it turns out that’s not right. It’s hard to visualize things that don’t exist."

But Jobs doesn’t exactly ignore customers; he uses their ideas as inspiration, not direction; as a means, not an end. “

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react to my touch

Design considerations for touch UI

  • Design for immediate access – tapping is quick, and think about finger travel distances and screen proximity of touch points
  • Keep gestures smart and simple – respond as the user would expect in the real world, keep more complex gestures for optional or shortcut commands
  • Leverage clear mental models – keep actions and reaction consistent with the expectation
  • Design for real hand sizes – both size and position on screen
  • Touch feedback is key – a finger covers the button when pressed, make a response happen off button. Users are often distracted, and audio is unreliable communicator.

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four goals of frugal innovation

  • must be affordable to bottom of economic pyramid
  • must be scalable for local use
  • be <90% of the cost
  • be world class quality

The Innovation Sandbox – C.K. Prahalad

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168 – is a big number


168 is a pretty big number, when you think of it in terms of hours available each and every week. Even when you take out the things that you must do, it will leave a good number of hours to spend on the important things.

People who achieve the things that they want in life, tend to be very focused on achieving those things. They prioritize their goals, and use the substantial amount of time each week to focus on their particular goals.

It is very easy to spend time on things that aren’t important, if you don’t know what is important to you, time will disappear on distracting and (potentially) vaguely enjoyable although not important things.

168 Hours – The Blank Slate of Time by Laura Vanderkam

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the keys to trust

Our evaluation of trust in someone or their trust in us is constantly shifting currency, ebbing and flowing based on our actions and behaviour. Here is a snapshot of 4 of the most influential factors in creating and maintaining trust.

  • Competency
    • Do I think you are competent in your job?
    • Do I respect your knowledge, experience, etc.?
  • Dependability
    • Can I count on you?
    • Do you always do what you say?
  • Integrity
    • Do you always treat people fairly?
    • Are you straight with people?
  • Care About
    • Do you care about me and others, or only about yourself?

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