Define Who, Why, What, and How: Roles, Goals, Scenarios, and Activities

The product manager must have a concise vision for the product they can clearly articulate to the product designers. Put the customers and users activities in context of the market problem the solution is solving. Markets are made up of segments. We must be able to define our market segmentations in terms of their needs … Read more

Understanding Customer Activities

Dr. Donald Norman has suggested a hierarchical structure of activities, tasks, actions, and operations to better understand our customers’ interactions with solutions. In this model, activities are comprised of tasks, which are comprised of actions, and actions are made up of operations. This “activity centered” philosophy is focused on the activity—not the person.  If a … Read more

Don’t Listen to your Customers!

OK, that got your attention… Sometimes the best way to satisfy a customer’s need is to ignore their suggestions. Customers have ideas about incremental improvements to their workflow, but if we develop something that is truly innovative, our ideas probably won’t make sense to existing customers. Sometimes when we solve a market problem, our solution … Read more

Behavioral Targeting

Behavioral targeting helps deliver content to users (target) who are most likely interested (based on their behavior). Behavioral targeting uses information collected on an individual’s navigation, such as the pages they have visited or the searches they have made, to select which content to display to that individual. It can include many factors like geography, … Read more

Observing User behavior through System Logs

We started looking at system logs as part of our user research process while I was Director of UX at Mitchell International in the early 2000’s (gee – that still feels weird to state). As usual, necessity was the mother of invention. We needed to find out about a particular user groups’ behavior for certain … Read more