The easy thing to do for any product development is adding features. Sometimes the features we do implement are as important (if not more) than those we do not. To do this, we need a strategy and backing research to be able to say no to the superfluous and focus on the necessary. Research does not need to be a large effort, and you don’t have to halt work to get it. Here are two strategies to get started.
Lean UX to me is a method for prioritizing evaluative research over generative research. In the long run, you will have the same research information, but the product will have been delivered dozens of times to the customer already. It sounds like a great win on the surface, but it requires a large commitment on the part of the entire team.
I read (listened to) Marie Kondo’s the life-changing magic of tidying up. Marie Kondo’s philosophy can be summed up in two bullets.
- Get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy.
- Organize and take good care of the rest.
This book made me think about my home and possessions, but it also got me thinking about products we design.
The climax of our trip was in Kruger National Park. For those who don’t know, Africa has “The Big Five” game. We were lucky enough to see them all, but we didn’t capture great photos of the Black Rhinoceros. During this part of the trip, we rented a vehicle. It was particularly interesting because they drive on the “wrong side” of the road.
- African elephant
- Black rhinoceros
- Cape buffalo
- African lion
- African leopard
Our day at Kirstenbosch was a little gloomy at first. We actually were planning to visit Robben Island, but due to the weather were not able to get out to the island. We hopped on the bus and made our way over to these beautiful gardens.
We went on a quick trip to South Africa recently, part of why I have been absent. We visited Cape Town, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus (Whale Watching), and Kruger National Park (Safari).
The first stop is Cape Town is a beautiful city with an extraordinarily blue sky, even when there is rain. Here is a selection of photos from our trip. Over the next few weeks, I will reveal pictures from our trip.
A few posts ago I mentioned renting camera equipment. It was finally time to pick up and use the equipment in advance of vacation (where the real use begins).
Off to the Houston Zoo! All of the photos are high-res, so please open them up and get a look at the details. These photos are mine, please don’t use them without talking to me first. My wife and I both took photos at the zoo, but these are my top pics from the pictures I took.