Customer Journey Mapping ROI

As more organizations move towards a more customer-centric way of doing business, customer journey maps remain an important tool to help companies better understand what’s happening today, and what customers want tomorrow. In an ‘outside-in, customer-centric’ way, customer journey maps serve to discover, codify and share relevant information across the customer lifecycle and help to … Read more

Test Your Riskiest Assumptions First

How do you know you’re making the right bets with your ideas? Which bets do your ideas hinge on? These are our riskiest assumptions. They need to be tested before you spend your valuable time and money. With the ‘problem’ in mind, map out the customer journey to identify the riskiest assumption. Armed with a … Read more

It’s Really a Riskiest Assumption Test, Not a Minimal Viable Product

“There is a flaw at the heart of the term Minimum Viable Product: it’s not a product. It’s a way of testing whether you’ve found a problem worth solving. A way to reduce risk and quickly test your biggest assumption. Instead of building an MVP identify your Riskiest Assumption and Test it.” – Rik Higham, … Read more

Aesthetic Experience and Neuroaesthetics

Aesthetics is a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art. Aesthetic experiences, such as looking at paintings, listening to music or reading poems, are linked to the perception of external objects, but not to any apparent functional use the objects might have. Aesthetic experience involves more than preference, … Read more

Guidelines for Using Modal Dialogs

A dialog (or dialogue) refers to a conversation between two people. In user interfaces, a dialog is a “conversation” between the system and the people interacting with the system, and often requests information or an action from the interaction. Regular dialogs (windows) are nonmodal (or modeless). Sometimes these dialogs are fixed in a location but … Read more

Increase Quality and Time to Market with Rapid Prototyping

Markets are changing faster than ever. Driven by expediential changes in technology, customers want more personalized experiences and they want it now. How do you keep up with the ever-changing market landscape and deliver high-quality products and services? No matter how deep our up-front understanding is of our market, we really cannot predict our customers’ … Read more

Agile Develop Success, Sprints, Planning and User Experience

In Agile Development, a “sprint” is one iteration of a continuous development cycle. Within a sprint, planned amount of work has to be completed by the team and made ready for review. During the sprint: No changes are made that would endanger the sprint goal Quality goals do not decrease Sprints are limited to a … Read more

The ProductCamp San Diego Experience, Small Tasks and Backup Plans

We held our first product camp in San Diego a couple weeks ago. It was a great event. I was impressed by the turnout and quality of discussions. A product camp is an “unconference” for product marketing, management, design, development or related topics. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. Modern unconferences have been around since … Read more