Ross Chapman

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Out building 🧱 #209

Hi everybody,Over the past 3 months, I've started 3 businesses. One has most of my attention (the no-code agency). The second is capitalising on my design experience and the third is actually a joint venture between myself and my brother. Bootstrapping everyt…


Becoming an Entrepreneur 👀 #208

Hi everyone,It's been an interesting week. I started off, now as an independent freelancer, by taking on two contracts. One, as a Senior UX Designer, and the second as a Design Evangelist. I talk more about why here.What I haven't talked about is, through doi…


New Adventures 🏴‍☠️ #207

Hi everybody,Happy to share that I'm now on a different path. In fact, I'm carving my own path. I've left the role of MD at obodo and I'm available, currently in a freelance capacity. Check out the backstory here and again, I want to thank those that have off…


Product Design 👩‍💻 #206

Hi everybody,It's an incredible time right now. Product Design is hitting the mainstream. Pretty much every company is either refining their digital products to gain more customers or retain their existing, or they're kicking off their first apps. It's a grea…


Competing Ideas Win 💡 #205

Hi everyone,This issue's intro is inspired by Eddie Shleyner's post on LinkedIn:The fewer ideas you have, the more weight each idea holds in your mind. I asked Scott Dikkers about this phenomenon: Scott is the founding editor of The Onion, the satirical newsp…


Escape to the Countryside 🌳 #204

Hi subscribers,A regular curated issue this week, with some unique content from me!Last issue, I told you I was going on a weekend cycling adventure. It was great to pack up the bike, get on a train and get into the countryside. The Isle of Purbeck is a penin…


Building Reps in Onboarding 💥 #203

Hi everybody,When entering a new role, it's hard to know how to continue well after the excitement of onboarding, especially in a remote business.At obodo, we run an onboarding week. Typically in-person, it consists of deep dives in how the business works, ho…


The Best Ideas Aren't Always in the Room 🚪 #202

Hi everybody,This week, I've been in London with the team, onboarding new recruits (and having some fun!).To my mind, learning is something that should never stop. I even learnt some new things this week! Sometimes it's not about knowledge or process. For me,…


3 Changes I've Made ⏩ #201

Hi everybody,I've made a number of changes since I've become MD at obodo (check them out in this post on my rejuvenated blog).Having now got to the level I am, I'm working to become the best MD I can be. What I haven't outlined is what that decision really me…


What I'm doing with Remote Sprinters... 🌈 #200

How do you define UX? Darren Hood gives it a good go.Amazon to close all its physical book stores. A failed experiment is not always a bad one as long as there are learnings.What's new in Butter? Flashcard decks!Async is key, but how can you have more inclusi…


Transitions to Management 💼 #199

Hey everyone,Issue #199. We got there!These past couple of months have been a time for growing for me. I've gone from leading the design practice within obodo to leading the whole business. It is a transitional period and I do owe a lot to Charles, Kat and ot…


Next 12 months: ALL IN ⚡️ #198

Hi everybody,This past week, I've been in complete operations mode. Having recently been made Managing Director at obodo, it's now down to me (with the team) to set the strategy to achieve our goal of creating 1000 start-up products. Charles (obodo's owner) i…


Return of the Sprint ⚡️ #197

Sometimes I get asked to help people with their first workshop, or to run something by me. Well, I've made a super easy way of doing that - Get Workshop Ready with me! Discover more


Consistency 💀 #196

In this episode, Dom and Daphnée talk about hiring and onboarding remote team members, shaping the new normal, and mental health.


Metaverse of Madness 🔮 #195

Hi everybody,It's been a good week! On Wednesday, I realised that LinkedIn had enabled newsletter writing on my account, so I hurriedly put something together and hit 'Publish.'24 hours later, I had over 1000 subscribers. That felt nice.LinkedIn is becoming s…


What's Next for Design Sprints? 👀 #194

Hi everybody,Firmly autumnal weather as I sit here to share this week's issue. This morning, we went out in the wind and the rain to experience the demolition of the Fawley power station chimney - the same chimney that my son and I had seen from the South Dow…


Keep, Try, Drop 🙅‍♂️ #193

Hi everybody,Really appreciated the responses to the last issue! Thank you to those who responded. I'm writing this on a Monday this week. It's usually this time of year where I start reviewing what I'm doing and working out what to keep, what to try and what…


Backwards is comfort 🔙 #192

Hey everybody,A more traditional approach to this week's email newsletter, and it's been representative of what I've been feeling in recent weeks until this morning.Isn't it funny how we often look backwards for comfort? Whether that's going back to the offic…


Not an Easy Rider ⛰ #191

Appreciative of your support,-Ross


Changing Seasons & Making Decisions 🍁 #190

Dealing with FOMO in hybrid workshop collaboration video is up!Check it out.