A little research around the topic of my last post, had me stumble upon the “Reflexion Rehabilitation Medical Tool”. This is another Kinect based occupational therapy tool, that is entering clinical trials at the Naval Medical Center of San Diego. The software is designed to address musculoskeletal disease, which has a cost to Americans - Read More -
In an earlier post, I spoke about a passion for the intersection of digital and sport, and specifically the work of accelerators like Nike Accelerator, and RockHealth. Another example caught my eye today, this time of some work that Microsoft is undertaking with the US Air Force, to leverage the skeletal tracking capabilities of Microsoft - Read More -
The launch of Windows 8, and a user-experience that is so much more delightful under the fingers, has heralded a point in time where we think about creating experiences that are “touch first”. However, at the same time, there’s an incredible amount of innovation around Natural User Interfaces (NUI) that is anchored in speech and - Read More -
Yesterday, I mentioned the intersection of technology and sport as an area of intense focus and interest for me. Today, Nike and TechStars launched a new accelerator program, offering 10 companies $20,000 and 3 months of mentoring, to build applications upon the Nike+ SDK, Nike Mobile SDK and Nike Fuel SDK. You promised me Mars - Read More -
As I migrated this blog content, it would seem that since starting my own company in December 2002, I have been on a mission to bring rich user-experiences to market. This is a journey that took me from a startup of my own (iteration::two) to an acquisition by Macromedia, and then an acquisition of Macromedia - Read More -
From “Be on the lookout for thoughtless acts; they are where innovation hides in the open” to “Look for the tension between business goals and user needs; that is where innovation hides in the dark” I’m going to try and share several different considerations for bringing Design to Enterprise Software Development.
There is a new provocation today, and it’s the most enjoyable one yet. Technology is necessary but not sufficient…irrespective of the vendor selection to deliver a richer experience, the delivery of a compelling experience, one that resolves the dynamic tension between the ROI the business seeks, and the tasks and goals their users wish to achieve, is not a technology problem. It is a Design problem.
I think my position of “user-centered methods belong to user-experience designers” is the crossing of the chasm, while “business analysts should embrace user-centered design methods” is a tactic to be employed while we are in the belly of the whale.
I’m often asked, “how do we train our technical team to do the design work” or “how do we teach our business analysts to do the design work” and my answer is always an initially flippant but somewhat heartfelt – 4 years of Design School
design isn’t a line item that delivers ROI of its own, rather than the process that unlocks the available ROI in the solution