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  1. Bruce McCarthy – UX and Product Roadmaps » UIE Brain Sparks

    Bruce: UX people are, I have found, highly, highly leveraged in those early days of testing your assumptions. I’ve done this over and over again, actually. We did it at NetProspex, and we are doing it right now with a startup that I founded called Reqqs, reqqs.com. It’s a product for product managers that helps them with prioritizing and road mapping.

    What we did early on with that product was to first do a bunch of research with product managers to understand their problems, and when they ask for features to ask them why they wanted them. Get those problems boiled down to the essential few, which, with product managers, it turned out, the worst problems are prioritizing and road mapping.

    Both the decision-making part and the communications and getting-everybody-bought-in parts of that process. Then the whole question was, “Do we have a solution to those problems? Do we have something that will actually provide value in those problems over and above the alternatives,” which right now, for most product managers are Excel and PowerPoint.

    So we did mock-up after mock-up. I walked users through those mock-ups. We set them up in a clickable fashion. So you could go from one page to the next as though it were a real product with real data.

    Kept optimizing it based on the feedback that we were getting and to the point where we had something that was in HTML and clickable and apparently responsive, even though there was no database behind it, that people said, “Yeah, this is great. If I could put my real data in, this is exactly what I would want.” Then we went from there into producing the real code.

    We used a whole bunch of the front-end code. Not all of it, but a lot of it. Similarly, at NetProspex, I was building a tool for salespeople that was basically a search tool for contact information. It was for telephone salespeople, for what they call BDRs, who just make lots and lots of outbound phone calls all day long and make appointments for salespeople.

    This was a quick lookup-tool, essentially, for getting the right contact information for somebody you wanted to reach. We had a whole team of these BDRs. We had 25 of them at NetProspex in-house. So I said, “Perfect. I will produce a clickable mock-up and I will put it in front of them and see what they think.” I learned a huge amount by doing that.

    Then after we got beyond the clickable mock-up stage and into early prototypes, but the UI was still very minimal, I would put it in front of them have them actually use it in their job and see where it did or didn’t work for them. I quickly learned to keep the UI simple.

    It actually helped me reduce the feature count that we needed in order to get into our first release. Because I discovered that some of the advanced features that I thought people would think were really cool, that the salespeople couldn’t figure out how to use them. So we just got them, and we had a better product for it.

    https://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2015/07/08/bruce-mccarthy-ux-and-product-roadmaps/

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  2. 5by5 | Home Work #145: The One About Notebooks

    http://5by5.tv/homework/145

    Aaron’s System:

    Leather cover for Field Notes, similar to the Field Notes Gentleman’s Memo Book Cover: http://fieldnotesbrand.com/storage/leather/ Field Notes notebooks: http://fieldnotesbrand.com/shop Fisher Bullet Space Pen: http://amzn.com/B0002ZQB4M?tag=aaronmacom03-20 Aaron’s daily tasklist notebook is built from two parts: Frictionless Planning Pad (mini): http://www.getfrictionless.com/products/planning-pad-mini-red Levenger Circa notebook covers and rings (junior size): http://www.levenger.com/Circa-Notebooks-326/Circa-Notebooks-339/Circa-Annotation-Ruled-Notebook-Core-8141.aspx Staples Arc System: http://www.staples.com/arc/directory_arc Dave’s System:

    My own system of capture and review My experience with Grace You can “geek out,” if that’s your thing, or not at all. Other resources for listeners:

    The Ped Addict website: http://www.penaddict.com Article at Entrepreneur http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234712 Writing can make you happier. Research published in the Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin in 2014 suggests that writing your life goals helps you get a clear vision for what they look like and fosters motivation. Additional research has shown that such “expressive writing” has been linked to improved mood, well-being and lower stress levels. • Improved thinking and communication.

    The “tip of the tongue” moments. Practice increases verbal communication skills, crucial when talking with clients.

    Finally, writing closes out your “mental tabs”

    Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress caused by anticipating this dreadful outcome. I’ve personally never felt inclined to not work on something just because I “archived” the idea with some notes or an outline—in fact, I’m more likely to work on it since it has already been started!

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  3. Clayton Christensen - Capturing The Upside: Free MP3 Download

    Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3 download, Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3, Open Source Business Conference mp3, Duration: 01:48:43 Filesize: 38.22 Mb, Listen Embed and Download Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3

    http://beemp3s.org/download.php?file=6392031&song=Capturing+the+Upside

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  4. Clayton Christensen - Capturing The Upside: Free MP3 Download

    Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3 download, Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3, Open Source Business Conference mp3, Duration: 01:48:43 Filesize: 38.22 Mb, Listen Embed and Download Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside mp3

    http://beemp3s.org/download.php?file=6392031&song=Capturing+the+Upside

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  5. Breaking the Work/Family Deadlock - HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review

    Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

    http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2011/12/breaking-the-workfamily-deadlo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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  6. How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions - HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review

    Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

    http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2012/01/how-to-keep-your-new-years-res.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29

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