Ryan McCollum

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Beyond Lean and Agile | Silicon Valley Product Group

I have been working exclusively with technology product teams now for a full 35 years, and I’ve seen countless processes, methodologies and …

50 Things I’ve Learned About Product Management

The Sunday, can’t sleep, had coffee after 2PM edition…<p>You are wrong more often than you are right. The trick is getting a couple shots at solving the …

The Power of Designing Products for Customers You Don’t Have Yet

When my daughters were little, each time one of them received a birthday or holiday card from their grandparents with a crisp $20 in it, I silently vowed that I would finally get around to opening a savings account for them at our local bank so they could start learning the virtues of saving and …

Design and the Self

Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by bad design — from airplane seats that distort our posture to aesthetically inelegant cars. Landscapes that …

Know Your Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”

For as long as we can remember, innovation has been a top priority—and a top frustration—for leaders. In a recent McKinsey poll, 84% of global executives reported that innovation was extremely important to their growth strategies, but a staggering 94% were dissatisfied with their organizations’ …

Dining Rooms

These pavement tiles could stop phone addicts from walking into traffic

Whether you’re playing Pokémon Go, texting, sending an email, or just checking out fantasy baseball scores. In some cases, this leads to dire consequences.<p>Design firm Büro North created a concept to help avoid these kinds of new-age accidents — a street tile that alerts phone users when they’re …

Goodbye, etc: why the UK government will stop using Latin abbreviations online

Software for the visually impaired often has trouble with ‘eg’, ‘ie’ etc – ergo gov.uk plans to phase them out<p>RIP eg, ie and etc. Henceforth the three abbreviated Latin phrases – which stand for exempli gratia (for the sake of example), id est (that is) and et cetera (and the rest) – will stop …

Design Is Mainly About Empathy

“It depends on whether you’re a student of physics, or an ordinary person who doesn’t know anything at all. […] I can’t explain that attraction in …

Magnetism

The future of work could be "flash teams"

For Melissa Valentine and her colleagues at Stanford, the future of work is here: “flash teams” of skilled professionals who have probably never met …

6 Key Ways Design Thinkers Approach Problems

How design thinkers think.<p>Design thinking is a popular strategy for solving thorny problems, both inside and outside the business world. Countless articles detail how to do it. This is not one of those posts. This is a look at how veterans of the process <i>think</i>: what goes on in their minds when they …

Robot workers are showing up in malls, hotels, and parking lots

If you have yet to see a robot patrolling a parking lot or moving along the sidewalk, don’t feel left out. Security, surveillance, hospitality, and …

Lessons From Kodak

This blog is about how to not to be disrupted and, perhaps more importantly, how to disrupt yourself before someone else does.<p>I had the chance to sit down with Ed McNierney, who came out of Lotus 1-2-3 and ran Digital Strategy at Kodak. Over the years, he has learned a lot from both Lotus and …

The Complex Psychology of Why People Like Things

How do you account for taste?<p>In the time of the Facebook thumbs up, what does it mean to “like” something? What is it that makes humans decide they prefer one thing over another, so that you click replay on one song all day and cover your ears whenever you hear another in public? And how do Netflix …

Remote Controls

to-be-Done

Blog<p>All<p>Intercom On Jobs-to-be-done<p>Great products start with real problems<p>People buy products and services to get a “job” done. The key to success is …

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots

Everything you need to know.<p><b>What are chatbots?</b> Why are they such a big opportunity? How do they work? How can I build one? How can I meet other …

The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.<p>Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual …

Artificial Intelligence

Product Design & The Asshole Contingency

<i>Why not all users are your friend and you need to deal with it.</i><p>Designers tend to pull out the ole rose tinted glasses when they speak about the …

High-tech Coolhunting

Many of the most important ideas in technology come from the fringes. How do we spot them in the early stages?<p>An idea is born somewhere relatively …

In Every Great Product There's a Bit of Magic

Numi is a little calculator with a twist. Unlike most calculators, it understands English and other languages. I’ve used many different types of …

Hooking users in 3 steps: an intro to Habit Testing

Author Nir Eyal explains how to use Habit Testing to build products users not only love, but are hooked to.The post Hooking users in 3 steps: an …

UX Design

Brilliant Infographic on UX and the many different skills under that umbrella #UX #UserExperience #Infographic https://t.co/Tw8Cd6BZ0f

Google Ventures On How Sketching Can Unlock Big Ideas

Jake Knapp, author of Sprint, reveals a four-step process for sketching your way to greatness.<p>Imagine you’ve got a great idea. You’ve been thinking about it for weeks. You go to work, describe the idea to your teammates, and . . . they just stare at you. Maybe you aren’t explaining it well. Maybe …

Using OKRs to focus on customer problems

It’s that time of the year again. You need to set your team’s OKRs (objectives and key results) for the next quarter. What should go in there? What …

Podcast: Mike Davidson on Product Design

Mike Davidson was the long-time VP of Design at Twitter until recently moving back to Seattle. He led an international team of designers and …

Ideo, Silicon Valley’s Most Influential Design Firm, Sells A Minority Stake

The 25-year-old design consultancy sells an undisclosed stake to a group of creative businesses owned by Japan’s Hakuhodo DY Holdings.<p>Amid “pendulum swings” in the design landscape, Ideo, the global consultancy known for its human-centered approach, has become part of Kyu Collective, a group of …

Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results

<i>"This book is useful, actionable, and actually fun to read! If you want to get your team aligned around real, measurable goals, Radical Focus will</i> …

75+ Awesome Tools for Designers

🎨 Pick Colors<p>BrandColors: <br>Official color codes of the world’s biggest brands.<br>• Coolors: <br>Generate infinite color palettes for your designs and share, …

What job is design hired to do?

Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School famously asked “What job did the customer hire this [thing] to do?” in his <i>Jobs To Be Done</i> framework. …

13 Jobs That Now Matter The Most, From A Digital Perspective

Every organization, regardless of size or industry, is looking for people that can help bring about greater digital acumen.<p>If you’re looking to shift your career into more of a digital mode, or if you are an executive charged with building a more digital-savvy organization, Hiring Hub has compiled …