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1. More than background, it's employment. It shows when designers have only had #design jobs, compared to those who have wider work experience: telemarketing, teaching calculus, bagging groceries... any other context. And it's never too late to get wider life/work experience.
2. The reason is design, as a worldview, is rarely at the center of how work is done. Designers who studied design and worked in design, usually enter the workforce baffled by how little anyone cares about design, even though that's the majority of work environments there are.
3. Designers with other experience, or who enter design thru an indirect path, aren't as surprised/upset about this. They knew it before they got deep, and they're often (not always) more pragmatic about being effective -willing to do "non-design" tasks that facilitate design.
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I was speaking with an executive with 20+ years of experience recently. And I asked them if they had ever seen a feature/effort “flop”. And they said No. And I found this very curious. So I dug... (1/6) #design #prodmgmt #agile #devops
...in many cases, they claimed “poor execution” had left the “on their back foot”. Meanwhile, new silver bullets had emerged. So they didn’t really know — or weren’t focused on — whether the original idea worked or not (2/6) #design #prodmgmt #agile #devops
...in other cases, they described competitive pressures or “market shifts” that again left them “late to the party”. Notice the trend: it is all about speed and time in their mind. Perfect ideas that couldn’t be executed on quickly enough. (3/6) #design #prodmgmt #agile #devops
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IBM is accused of firing older workers. This is really about money - and doesn't just apply to IBM. Many companies sneakily create practices, communications & policies (like not subsidizing family health coverage)to discourage hiring older workers.


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Age discrimination is especially common in #tech, where appearing "cool" carries a premium for recruiting top grads & younger talent.

In most careers, there comes an inflection point where junior employees can do the same job (or ~80% of it) for way less.

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Sadly, to companies we're no more than "human resources," so employees must make themselves indispensable, esp. as their salaries creep up.

How?

1) Develop a unique expertise: be known for it. Could be anything from a coding language to ideas generation to great #design.

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1. In my #design book research I dug into the history of "form follows function" and made some interesting discoveries.

Yes Sullivan did write it, but he borrowed a lot from others. And also, they way he meant it is different than how we use it. I'll explain.
2. Sullivan was against how American architects mostly copied European styles and applied them in contexts they weren't meant for - this "form first" behavior bothered him. And he was inspired by older architects who felt the same way.
3. Sullivan almost certainly read Greenough - and he pretty much says in one of his essays that form should follow function, just in a longer way:
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Some lists and tables from over the last couple years. Yes, there’s a level of obsession (or something) here. But I enjoy it. #prodmgmt #ux #design #agile #orgdesign #lean @Amplitude_HQ

1/13 Our intuition says...instead try
2/13 Evolving product manager role...
3/13 From .... Towards
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How to determine scope and price in the first meeting with a prospect. Discussion sequence:

1. What’s your goal?
2. What’s getting in the way? Why?
3. How might we solve? Are you sure?
4. What’s that worth?
5. How will we measure?
6. (Float a price range).

#business of #design
Diagnose before you prescribe. Make sure it’s a problem worth solving. Offer recommendations (even if it doesn’t involve you). And only offer your solution, if you feel confident it will actually help them.

Everything I’ve learned from @theChrisDo @jonathanstark @blairenns
Mindset going into a #sales meeting to remove the pressure:

Don’t ever WANT the job. (That makes you say and do funny things). Rather, WANT to genuinely HELP the other person. Even if it means it has nothing to do with the service your offer.

Walk away if it’s not a good fit.
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A fantastic thread on specific examples of breeding applicable interdisciplinarity.

In fact, I think we can go further, and designers can help.
There's a trend here.

In a lot of different environments, designers are realizing there's useful and powerful theories, insights, and communities from disciplines they never considered; and there happens to be a reactionary clash from the communities who live in that space.
We have an opportunity here.

Sometimes that clash is valuable, because it offers space for people to acknowledge, voice, and catalyze a community to make their knowledge known.

But sometimes, we can connect without friction, and towards a collective goal.
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1. I'm working on a new book that teaches design to everyone - and I've read over 40 "design books" as research.

One major observation is how frequently design is described as a solitary activity, taking place mostly in one person's mind. Despite how rarely that happens in life.
2. At the same time, designer's frustrations frequently focus on the other people they have to work with (including clients!).

Which makes for a professional trap: the major challenge of design (collaboration/persuasion) isn't seen as part of design education.
3. For some, when project management, or team politics comes up, it's out of bounds - "that's not design!"

But I'm here to say YES IT IS. What good is a design plan if it can't be built? Or the team won't build it? A design can't change the world if it doesn't get made.
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Great thread. Parts of it I agree with, others make me concerned.

Let’s unpack.
Clearly, the point of the discussion offers an opportunity to widen the tech pipeline; to ensure accomplished black CS HBCU students get their foot in the door. Critical. Essential.
However, it also offers a question that @peterme brought up: so, is Stanford then just an expensive trade school?

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1. I stopped by the Good Design exhibit at @MuseumModernArt and was reminded how strange it is to put everyday objects up on a wall.

When you take something like a fork, which is meant to be held, and put in up like art, the way it looks is the primary way you evaluate it.
2. It's a good exhibit, but passively the effect of evaluating lounge chairs, typewriters and fishing rods without ever feeling them in your hand or experiencing them for their designed purpose, shallows what design is, and how visitors think about design.
3. In other words, there's nothing ugly here since aesthetics is the primary way visitors can evaluate what they see. But some great designs aren't necessarily all that stunning to look at. They will never be shown here.
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1. When designers get frustrated working with people who don't understand design, the tempting wish is to CONVERT THEM, ideally in one fell swoop, to GET IT. But this rarely works. Here's why. #design #ux
2. Persuasion works best on the other person's terms, not the designer's. You have to put aside how much they don't know and start somewhere small, in their worldview, where there is a clear problem, in their language, that design can help them solve.
3. It's the difference between "you don't understand this big important abstract thing" (what they hear) and "problem X is important to you and I will help you solve it". Which is a better-designed way to get what you want?
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I'm a few years behind the curve; y'all still do follow trains?

Well, I'm starting one. Let's do one about #equitydesign.

@albanvillamil asked if I knew people, places, and tools for equity and design, and I wanted everyone to know everyone.

Spread the word! (1/million)
That being said, like equity work, this isn't (and arguably can't be) the definitive

Equity is a verb, like @_ChristineOrtiz says, so my hope is this is only the beginning.
I tried to get everyone's resources and descriptions correctly, but if there's anything wrong, feel free to correct me! (Crit's in our blood, right?)

Feel free to add, amend, include, and let's get to know each other. Cool? Cool.
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“As a product manager...how do you earn the respect and trust of your team?”

A couple things
1/10 - Don’t hide things from your team in an effort to protect/shield them. That’s weird. It’ll come back to bite you.
#prodmgmt #ux #design
2/10 - Do actual work. Meaningful work. Context-building work. Analysis. Research. Design smart experiments. A good test is whether the team would pay you if they controlled the budget.
3/10 - Act like a member of the team, not as a manager of the team. The second you create a wall...the team will create a wall as well. Consider inviting a facilitator in so you can express your own needs (instead of juggling facilitation and team membership)
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In Dec 2018, @WeAreSparklin introduced a new series - One thing at a time.

Think of ‘OTAT’ as a bite-sized modification to a platform, to heighten the user experience.

We have written fortnightly about 8 different products including Uber, Whatsapp, Zomato

A thread👇🏼
#design
One easy to way to skip the thread and read about One thing at a time in better detail is to review our post

medium.com/@sparklin/one-…

If you’re interested in quicker learning, let me begin with the very first OTAT product improvement 🚕
Uber

Search is usually found at the top

A desktop vs a smartphone have different dimensions. 50% users prefer one-hand approach to mobile.

Why must we move forward with a search-on-top approach on mobile?

What if we moved Uber’s search to lower 40% of the screen?

Next 🍔
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Wondering ... do you have an example of something product development related where you actually “changed” your mindset and/or perspective? What was the catalyst? #proddev #ux #design #agile
Reading @DReinertsen certainly gave form/fuel to hunches, and helped me think more in terms of first principles ... but I’m not sure I “changed”. I could be wrong.
I could intellectualize how mobbing might work. But probably didn’t believe it / feel it until I saw it happen.
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Thanks to @turo I'm renting a #TeslaModel3 during my visit to Silicon Valley - certainly a different experience than traditional #carrental agencies #future #zeroemission #electriccars
Gone to Tesla's HQ in Fremont, California to try the supercharging there. It's supposed to be much faster than before.
I had hoped the Model 3 would charge at the new rate but it didn't happen
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Fascinating q on an @Amplitude_HQ office-hours call today:

"At what stage is it important to worry about measurement?"

Specifically, they were asking about making information accessible & usable to/for front-line product development teams. So...(1/5) #prodmgmt #ux #design
My answer was that anytime you're making decisions under conditions of uncertainty ... it will probably help to have trustworthy/usable data. Imagine a team making 10-15 major decisions each year, each driving 10-15 medium decisions, each driving 10-15 small decisions..(2/5)
That is 3375 decisions driving 16,640hrs of team hours. I saw @gibsonbiddle give a talk recently about a string of decisions at @netflix ... and the punchline is that it took a couple tries. No one is perfect. So...(3/5)
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Great question Wojtek and thanks for the chance to answer Sorry it'll need a (massive - take a toilet break, grab a cuppa and a comfy chair) threaded response as my tweet kept growing !! 👇👇
So #SAtSD is an attempt to create a shared collaborative approach to designing public services in Scotland. We are co-producing the approach based on collective thinking and actions across orgs and sectors that design and / or deliver public services in Scotland.
That currently includes many people and service design champions from @scotgov @DigitalOfficeLG, various parts NHS in Scotland, as well as many different public bodies, local authorities, private and third sector orgs.
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1. It’s a privilege to be a designer, but it comes with a burden. We will always be explaining what we do and what it means. We could choose to be a lawyer or a plumber where no explanation is necessary, but we don’t. Why? Because we know #design is special.
2. When someone is baffled by “what design is” ask them what car they drive and WHY, or what clothes or shoes they choose. Or their favorite software or phone. Then say “a designer designed the thing you love, and that is what I do."
3. It doesn’t take much creative energy to explain #design or #ux and to be an ambassador of the craft, instead of complaining about their ignorance, passively, after they walk away. And when you do it you’ll be paving the way for the next designer they meet at a party. /fin
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As designers we need to help develop the voices of underrepresented groups, women, & POC. The quality and the richness of ideas will be broader. Events will reflect the reality of our diverse society. #DiversityandInclusion #speaking #ux #design uxdesign.cc/global-diversi…
Looking to hire or bring great speakers to your event?
Here are some great resources:
womenwho.design
@womenwhodesign
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1/ Organisations need generalist advisers who are not attached to their experience and expertise. Fresh eyes + deep understanding of individuals across cultural divides will mark emerging consulting paradigms. This will put pressure on business schools.
2/ In the words of @davidsrose "All companies designed to succeed in the 20th century are doomed to fail in the 21st century."

Several reasons -

The new world is digital. The new generation is digital. Change is on an accelerating curve. Learning is not. #futureofwork
@davidsrose 3/ Companies are led by people trained on industrial age methods by industrial age academics in industrial age institutions. Leadership is about growing existing portfolios by scaling. #Innovation means disrupting existing mindsets and methods. This is new. #futureofwork
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How Magicians #Design A Trick, And Real-World Applications

Design Thinking is all the rage lately, and it's great to see the general population waking up to its power but y'all are late to the party.

Magicians have been doing this whole "design thinking" thing for 10,000+ yrs.
Let me pull the curtain back and show you exactly how we go about making the impossible happen. It's a very logical process that gets phenomenal results, but it's been shrouded in secrecy for thousands of years.

First Question: What effect do I want to have on my audience?
This is powerful focus.

Out of everything that is possible, what SPECIFICALLY do I want the audience to experience? Do I want them to believe I can fly? Do I want them to think I can make tigers appear out of nowhere? Or, do I want them to think I can read minds (my specialty)?
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