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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops

Strategy, Facilitation and Visual Thinking

In this post, I’ll talk about some of the visual thinking techniques that can be drawn from design thinking, data analytics, system thinking, game storming, and lean start-up.

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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops

Strategy and the Need of Facilitation

In this post, I’ll argue for the Need of Facilitation in the sense that designers must become skilled facilitators that respond, prod, encourage, guide, coach and teach as they guide individuals and groups to make decisions that are critical in the business world though effective processes.

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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops

“Helping Teams Paddle in the Same Direction” talk on Clubhouse

Is your team on the same page when it comes to design strategy? Is there a greater alignment with what your design team wants to achieve with the business it represents? In this presentation “Helping teams paddle in the same direction through Design Strategy”, I talked about some key questions you should ask your team to help you challenge the notion of being aligned on a proper design direction.

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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops

“The Importance of Vision for Product Design” talk on Clubhouse

In this chat on Clubhouse, Jonathan Sun and I talked about The Importance of Vision for Product Design, and discussed how to facilitate discussions around creating experience Vision.

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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops

The Skills of a Strategist

If designers want to influence and translate strategy in ways that drive their user experience vision forward, they must become both business-savvy analysts and synthesizers. What are the skills of a strategist designers need to become both business-savvy analysts and synthesisers?

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Design Readings Software

Watch “Designing for Speed” with Mustafa Kurtuldu

In this talk about designing for speed, designer Mustafa Kurtuldu shares research on how to to increase perceived performance, and gives UX examples and technical tricks to improve the speed of your site.

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Design Strategy Talks & Workshops User Experience

Becoming a Design Strategist

In this post I’ll reflect on some of the challenges that designers face in while designing in new and complex environments, raise the awareness about how unprepared designers are if they are not able to understand and influence strategy, advocate for a new role called Design Strategist, and propose a minimum set of skills required for becoming a Design Strategist.

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Design Readings

Listen to Gretchen Anderson “Mastering Collaboration”

Gretchen Anderson talks about her latest book Mastering Collaboration: Make Working Together Less Painful and More Productive on how to generate ideas with others while gaining buy-in from all levels of your organization

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Design Readings

Watch Chris Clark’s “Everybody Knows When You’re Talking To Your Mother” talk on Interaction’14 | IxDA Conference

A crash course in sociolinguistics, and a challenge to find the messages hidden in your own words […]

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Design Readings

Watch Jason Ulaszek & Brian Winters’ “From Design Research to Experience Roadmap” talk at Interaction’13 | IxDA Conference

Design research is critical. Creating foundational, living documentation about the needs, beliefs and behaviors of your customer is of the utmost importance. And, being able to identify needs, opportunities and the future direction for the business, based on both sound process and analytical thought, will be your keys to short and long-term success. In this session you’ll learn how to turn design research activities into a mental model, identify potential new business opportunities and derive business and experience direction from your newly found consumer insight. And, you’ll look like a freakin’ rockstar in your company doing it […]