Scenarios in Practice

Scenarios are a practical way to organize and focus your product design, development and release.   (We use scenario-driven engineering in patterns & practices)  Key Benefits Business value.  You can  use scenarios to evaluate business value.   What pain does that scenario address? … What opportunity does it create? … etc. Chunking and prioritizing.  You can use scenarios…

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Task-Analysis Grid for Communicating Product Design

How do you communicate design decisions? … Srinath sent me a helpful link on the Task-Analysis Grid.   A Task Analysis Grid is effectively columns of scenarios along with sub-tasks to complete the task. Here’s the key points: The columns are organized by Before, After, and Future The sub-tasks are prioritized and color coded. In practice,…

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What Are You Optimizing

This is such a fundamental question.  It has an enormous impact on your product design and how you structure your product life cycle.  For example, are you optimizing time? … money? … impact? … innovation? … resource utilization? If you don’t answer this question first, it’s very easy to pick the wrong hammer for your…

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User Experience, Tech Feasibility and Business Value

I found a way to explore more and churn less on incubation (i.e. R&D) projects.   It helps to think of your project experiments and key risks in terms of these three categories and in this order:1. user experience2. technical feasibility3. business value Sequence matters.  If you don’t get the user experience right first, who cares…

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Be the Software

When you’re working on an R&D project, how do you shorten the cycles around testing your user experience models?… Be the Software That’s the advise John Socha-Leialoha, father of Norton Commander, gave me and it worked like a champ. We faced a lot of user experience design issues early in our R&D project.  For example…

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