Starting a business with a product-driven growth strategy may seem easy at first, but the struggle often begins after a few months or years: The team is torn between an unattainable vision and a minimal set of features chosen for their feasibility rather than user expectations. Product launches take forever. User retention is disproportionate to
Consider the following two teams:Team X operates with a traditional top-down structure that includes defined standards to which employees must adhere, consistency and quality of work performance, control, clear chains of command, and decision making, thus providing a sense of stability and security. Team Y takes a participative approach to management. The importance of collaboration,
“Any organization that designs a system (the term here is broader than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.”
Note: The title of this post comes from Peter Block’s book Community: The Structure of Belonging, which I highly recommend. It’s your big day. You’ve just given a presentation to your colleagues about the idea you’ve been working on for the past two weeks. You’re down to the last few slides and feeling a rush
Over the past 15 years, I have spent a lot of time working with startups. I have worked with software, hardware, analogue, VC-backed, bootstrapped, and Kickstarter startups. Some of them went public, others went out of business. Some of them found the right product-market fit, while others did not. Here’s how to approach startups and
My colleague, a data scientist, completely unimpressed by the hype around ChatGPT, summed it up as, “In the end, it’s just an eloquent parrot”. So what’s so special about it?
When I talk about collective decision making, the most common question I hear is, “Oh, those endless discussions must be very time consuming, right?”. People often think that collaborative decision making is the same as an endless (and pointless) discussion club. As a facilitator and team member, I have seen that it can be much
It’s been almost two years since I have worked in a self-governing organization, and it seems like a good time to reflect on it. Here is what self-governance is: A hierarchy-free organization with autonomy and voluntary collaboration, democratic decision-making, no management, and no external control This concept has been around for centuries, but it has
Emocje i empatia w projektowaniu UX Strefa Designu SWPS Empatia pozwala spojrzeć na świat z perspektywy drugiego człowieka. To może być jednak trudne dla projektanta. Przez wiele lat zajmuje się badaniami, ekspertyzami, tworzeniem person, a tu nagle musi porzucić swoją eksperckość i przyznać użytkownikowi, że ten wie lepiej? O roli empatii i emocji w procesie projektowym mówi Helena Ebert, projektantka.
But, in fact, we are all collective beings, let us place ourselves as we may. For how little have we, and are we, that we can strictly call our own property? We must all receive and learn both from those who were before us, and from those who are with us. Even the greatest genius
“When we come to cultural and artistic parallels [between our time and the Middle Ages] the scene proves far more complex. On the one hand we find a fairly perfect correspondence between two ages that, in different ways but with identical educational Utopias and with equal ideological camouflage of their paternalistic aim to control minds,
Information is only useful if it can be understood. Since our ability to collect exponential amounts of data does not match our evolutionarily stable ability to process and reflect on it, we resort to data visualisations or infographics.
Expectations are important. “Clients seem to get the advertising they deserve. The good ones, they’re risk takers. They’re willing to risk failures for extraordinary success. The bad clients? Fear dribbles down from the top. No one says so, in so many words, but you know no risks will be tolerated, no rules will be broken,
Noam Chomsky divides ignorance into either problems or mysteries. “When we face a problem, we may not know the solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for.” We know how to find the solution, or at least where to look for it. However, when we are faced
Digital media has fundamentally reshaped the brand landscape, creating the opportunity to stretch the paradigm a bit further. The technical constraints that limited design for half a century have disappeared. Along with growing consumer awareness (compelling brand conversations, no logo movement, etc.), they have created the opportunity to think of identity as a vessel that…