This is another installation in the InVision “Design Genome” series. Watch the interviews with Rich Fulcher about the Material Design origin story, and with Margaret Lee about how Google moved engineers past “paying lip service” to user research. (You can safely skip the interview with me… it’s just more design sprint blah blah and you get enough of that here in your inbox.)
Fantastic post from Erika Hall. She’s not talking about design sprints, but her 9 rules both reinforce and challenge some of my key principles. For example: “Testing a prototype can help you refine an idea that is already good, not tell you whether you’re solving the right problem.” Dang, that’s true…
This is a cool post about Questlove’s new book. He talks about creating the album review before he creates the album: “When you’re on the outside of your own work looking in, you’ll be able to see the overall shape of it, which will help you realize that you’re on the right track (or, alternatively, that you’re not). It’s a way of journeying to the center of what the idea will become.” Sounds like a sprint to me!
More creativity talk! If you have a Kindle, check out Scott Berkun’s book “Dance of the Possible”. Scott was an early influence on my thinking about project management, and this book is well worth a look.
Last issue of the newsletter, Sarah Cooper’s 10 More Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings
was by far
the most popular link, even beating out LEGO design sprints! So I thought, what the heck, I should include the prequel this time. It’s so good.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you didn’t get enough, check out this week’s Product Breakfast Club podcast
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