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PortKit: UX Metaphor Equivalents for iOS & Android

PortKit shows you each Cocoa UI Element in iOS 6 / iOS 7 and its Android widget version, side by side, so you can compare and find the correct …

The Three Elements of Successful Data Visualizations

Now that we’ve discussed when data visualization works — and when it doesn’t, let’s delve into what makes a successful data visualization. Although there are a number of criteria, including ease of comprehension and aesthetics, I’d like to explore the three that designers most often overlook.<p><b>1. It</b> …

The Power of Visualization’s “Aha!” Moments

<i>Amanda Cox has been a graphics editor at the New York Times for eight years. Trained as a statistician, Cox develops visualizations across platforms, from simple print infographics to highly complex online interactive data tools. The Times is a visualization leader, but Cox believes the best is yet</i> …

The Value of a Good Visual: Immediacy

Our brains are meant to see in pictures. Grids and columns of data, while ubiquitous, make it very difficult to see trends or patterns. Additionally, a lot of the new data sources available today, such as genetic data or social network data, don’t lend themselves to traditional spreadsheets and …

The Question All Smart Visualizations Should Ask

“A picture is worth a thousand words” may be a lovely cliché, but it’s exactly the wrong way to view visualization. As admirable as the craft, message, and data-driven artistry of the Edward Tuftes and Stephen Fews may be, successful visualization is less about effectively conveying complex …

To Work with Data, You Need a Lab and a Factory

Companies that aim to score big over the long term with big data must do two very different things well. They must find interesting, novel, and useful insights about the real world in the data. And they must turn those insights into products and services, and deliver those products and services at …

Start Planning for Summer Interns Now

Healthy internship programs garner higher quality entry-level candidates, strengthen company mentorship programs, and provide a way for companies to give back to the community. But to make sure that your summer internship program is a success, you need to start planning it now.<p>In order to ensure a …

Don’t Babysit Subcontractors — Teach Them

Managing subcontractors can be a draining, thankless task. How many times have you had to adjust project plans or schedules because a sub failed to deliver?<p>We used to burn a lot of valuable time babysitting our subs through projects. Sometimes we had to practically take over managing their tasks …

Project Managers Should Share Their Stress

Project managers tend to hold their cards pretty close to the vest. Sure, they may post or circulate some sort of general progress chart. But the telling, nitty-gritty details — percent complete, cost overruns, and so on — usually stay on a private little spreadsheet, safely tucked away in the PM’s …

When Tracking Projects, Ignore Your Accountants

Do you get regular reports from your company’s accountants about how your projects are doing financially? Those reports should come with a big red warning label: DANGER — MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.<p>It isn’t the accountants’ fault. They’re just following what’s known as Generally Accepted Accounting …

The Dirty Little Secret of Project Management

Why don’t more project managers sound an alarm when they’re going to blow past their deadlines? Because most of them have no earthly idea when they’ll finish the job. They don’t even think it’s possible to know. Too many variables. Too much that’s out of their control.<p>That’s the dirty little secret …

How to Tell a Story with Data

An excellent visualization, according to Edward Tufte, expresses “complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.” I would add that an excellent visualization also tells a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information. As I discussed in an earlier post, …

Data Analysis Should Be a Social Event

Here’s a common business problem: You want to retain more of your customers. Depending on your corporate analytics culture and the experience of your analytical team, your analysts will probably approach this problem by asking one of the following questions:<p><b>How do we create the best model to</b> …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

The Generosity Strategies that Help Companies Grow

Netflix reported another great quarter last month, with big subscriber and stock growth. It’s hard to believe it was just two years ago that the company and its CEO were widely ridiculed — and even subject to a Saturday Night Live parody.<p>Certainly much credit is due to adding new tricks to its tool …

Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful

You may not know this, but Big Data has a little brother. And together, Big and Little Data are far more powerful than Big Data alone.<p>Big Data is what organizations know about people — be they customers, citizens, employees, or voters. Data is aggregated from a large number of sources, assembled …

Land an Interview with a Cold Call

I’m a consultant — an expensive, trust-based business. I’ve never even bothered to cold call potential clients, because what sort of lunatic would spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on advice from a stranger? I’ve harshly warned other aspiring consultants off the practice: no one likes …

A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model

The business model canvas — as opposed to the traditional, intricate business plan — helps organizations conduct structured, tangible, and strategic conversations around new businesses or existing ones. Leading global companies like GE, P&G, and Nestlé use the canvas to manage strategy or create …

The Ripple Effects You Create as a Manager

Each one of us holds a set of beliefs and attitudes — a mindset — that determines how we interpret and respond to situations. That mindset shapes how we interact with others, and therefore it also affects the people we work with — in ways both subtle and profound. A person with a distrustful …