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Inside the Box. LeanUX is a Useful F*&king Lie. Is There Any Meat on This Lean UX Thing? By Jared M.

Is There Any Meat on This Lean UX Thing?

Spool Originally published: Nov 30, 2011 Out of nowhere, Lean UX is now a hot topic for UX professionals, generating the complete range of responses, from complete buy-in to calling it complete bulls**t. Is there really something to this? Or is it, as I've heard several times now, an attempt to rebrand what we already do in the name of selling more workshops? I was very curious about all this, so I set out to learn what Lean UX was all about.

My conclusion: There really is something here. Step Into the Wayback Machine, Sherman To get a solid handle on why I think Lean UX is now important, we have to go way back into the past—to the 1960s and 1970s. However, as people found new uses, the size of the software projects grew. To keep everything under control, the field of software engineering started to emerge and one of its biggest contributions at that time was a management technique known as the Software Development Life Cycle. Fast Forward: The Business Takes Control.

Medical Innovation

Anti-brainstorming. Página de inicio de Mozilla Firefox. Where do ideas come from? The 7 Habits of Highly Playful People. If you’re good-humored, it’s likely you’ll: Changing the way you see things can help keep the mood playful.

The 7 Habits of Highly Playful People

The mischievous modern artist, Marcel Duchamp, had sandwiched images of a number of objects—a coffee grinder that seemed to fit at the center of a machine, a funnel, and some shapes that looked like drums—between two large panes. Here we call the famous work “The Large Glass.” The French title, “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even,” lured critics to extravagant Freudian interpretations. When the work shattered in transit, Duchamp revealed his impish intent. The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass). Finding contests in everyday events can transform trying events. Sometimes play is about avoiding competition. Once at a meeting the chair called upon me to explain an important item, an honor in that setting, and a generous gesture.

Play need not be spontaneous, but timing is everything. Players know the value of a wisecrack.

Social Innovation

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree. Startups. Innovation. Kevin Systrom, Instagram - Mike Krieger, Instagram - From Stanford to Startup. Description Instagram Co-Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger challenge many of the myths surrounding startups and the lives of entrepreneurs. Both former Mayfield Fellows with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Systrom and Krieger share their first-hand experiences of the entrepreneurial process, including identifying good problems to solve and the value in building simple solutions and minimum viable products.

Systrom and Krieger also discuss aspects of their co-founder working relationship and their efforts to maintain a balance between work and life. Can You Be Unconsciously Creative? In the movies, creativity often involves moments of insight.

Can You Be Unconsciously Creative?

A character struggles with an idea. There is a montage of pained faces and crumpled sheets of paper. Then, suddenly, the light comes on. A choir sings. A new creative moment has happened. When you see this movie scene, or you hear about a moment of creative insight, there is an interesting question that comes up. A recent set of studies has focused on the difference between conscious and unconscious thought.

One way to think about this is that researchers who study creativity often distinguish between two phases of creative idea generation—divergence and convergence. The work on unconscious thought suggests that it may be most effective for the divergent phase of creative thought. A paper by Haiyang Yang, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Kuangjie Zhang, and Darren Dahl in the 2012 volume of the Journal of Consumer Psychology explored this process in more detail. What is going on here? Unconscious thought has just the divergent component. Collections - Google Art Project. Your Creative Flow.

The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012. Creative Thinking - Michael Michalko's Home page. Alcohol Benefits the Creative Process. Creative thought is something we often aspire to.

Alcohol Benefits the Creative Process

Whether it’s in terms of artistic products, scientific discoveries, or business innovations, creative accomplishments drive advancement in much of what we do. But what sorts of things enhance creativity ? A popular belief is that altered cognitive processing, whether from sleep , insanity, or alcohol use, sparks creativity among artists, composers, writers, and problem-solvers. Perhaps due to the fact that the rarity of great accomplishments make them hard to study, however, little research has actually shown how creative processes change when people, for example, have a few drinks. Why might being intoxicated lead to improved creativity? Think about the flip side of the coin.

When people with lots of baseball knowledge, for example, are asked to come up with a word that forms a compound word with “plate,” “broken,” and “shot,” they are pretty bad at this task. So, could being intoxicated really help people to think more creatively? SWOT analysis. A SWOT analysis, with its four elements in a 2×2 matrix.

SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats involved in a project or in a business venture. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective. Some authors credit SWOT to Albert Humphrey, who led a convention at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the 1960s and 1970s using data from Fortune 500 companies.[1][2] However, Humphrey himself does not claim the creation of SWOT, and the origins remain obscure. The degree to which the internal environment of the firm matches with the external environment is expressed by the concept of strategic fit. Matching and converting[edit] Use[edit] Strategy building[edit]

TED: Ideas worth spreading. Tracking Wonder. Wonder eludes being pinned down and evades our recognizing that we're in its midst.

Tracking Wonder

Yet, based on this middle-aged writer's experiences, research, and explorations, wonder may turn out to be the most important emotional experience for us adults to cultivate. Especially if we're in creative fields and have problems with motivation, novelty, follow-through, collaboration, or project completion. Wonder - like happiness and compassion - can be practiced and re-invited into our work and personal lives. This blog aims to share solid ideas related to just that. See you in the woods. 6 Techniques to Ignite Your Inner Creativity & Passion. Most of us were taught that creativity comes from the thoughts and emotions of the mind.

6 Techniques to Ignite Your Inner Creativity & Passion

The greatest singers, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers recognize that the most original, and even transformative, ideas actually come from the core of our being, which is accessed through an "open-mind consciousness. " In ancient traditions, open-mind consciousness was considered to be a spiritual awakening, the great enlightenment that dissolves the darkness of confusion and fear , and ushers in peace, happiness , clarity, and contentment. Today the notion that there's one formulaic way to achieve this spiritual awakening and creative vibrancy has been blown apart. You don't have to run off to a monastery or practice meditation for thirty years before attaining a breakthrough. A few years ago, I had a client, named Sarah who'd completely given up on psychotherapy until a failed suicide attempt convinced her to try it one more time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Recursive Incentive Scheme to Get Lots of Help in a Hurry.

Trying to get a large group of people help you in a task is sometimes called "crowdsourcing.

Recursive Incentive Scheme to Get Lots of Help in a Hurry

" There are several accepted strategies for doing this, but a recent study reported in Science by Galeb Pickard and six colleagues at a M.I.T. media laboratory reveals an approach that seemed to work when they had to complete the task in a hurry. As they point out, gettting crowdsourcing accomplished in a hurry is particularly relevant to such practical common problems as search-and-rescue operations, tracking an outlaw on the run, managing public health responses in a disease outbreak, and even promoting the candidacy of a political candidate.

The spur for this research was a contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Projects Research Projects (DARPA). No explanation was given for the military advantage of such a research project, but DARPA put up prize money for a nationwide contest that was like a scavenger-hunt. The key to the M.I.T. success was in the stucture of their incentive mechanism.


Creativity Techniques. Should Everyone Be Creative? It goes without saying that creativity is a good thing, and that everyone should be creative.

Should Everyone Be Creative?

Or does it? Sure, our capacity for self-expression, for finding practical solutions to problems of survival, and coming up with aesthetically pleasing objects that delight the senses, all stem from the creative power of the human mind. But there are drawbacks to creativity. First, creative people tend to be more emotionally unstable and prone to affective disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder . They have a higher incidence of schizotypal leanings than other segments of the population. Second, a creative solution to one problem often generates other problems, or unexpected negative side effects that may only become apparent after much has been invested in the creative solution. Perhaps most importantly, in a group of interacting individuals, only a fraction of them need be creative for the benefits of creativity to be felt throughout the group.

The results are provocative. If You Are Creative, Are You Also Intelligent? According to an article in Newsweek , here in the United States we apparently have a creativity crisis .

If You Are Creative, Are You Also Intelligent?

According to Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William and Mary, scores on the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking have been decreasing since the 1990's. The same article mentions that China is making a push to move away from rote memorization and adopt a more problem centered learning approach, perhaps like that of America. Contrast this with the results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which examines 15-year-old students in 65 countries. The U.S. scored about average in science, above average in reading, and below average in math. China was first on all subjects, with Japan, Korea, Singapore and Finland trailing closely behind. According to the New York Times , Mark Schneider , a former commissioner of the U.S. Which clearly raises the question: Why is China trying to emulate America's educational system if they are already doing so well?

Thinkertoys: cómo desarrollar la creatividad en la empresa - Michael Michalko. Creativity techniques. Creativity techniques are methods that encourage creative actions, whether in the arts or sciences. They focus on a variety of aspects of creativity, including techniques for idea generation and divergent thinking, methods of re-framing problems, changes in the affective environment and so on. They can be used as part of problem solving, artistic expression, or therapy. Some techniques require groups of two or more people while other techniques can be accomplished alone. These methods include word games, written exercises and different types of improvisation, or algorithms for approaching problems. Aleatory techniques exploiting randomness are also common.

Aleatory techniques[edit] Aleatoricism is the incorporation of chance (random elements) into the process of creation, especially the creation of art or media. In short, aleatoricism is a way to introduce new thoughts or ideas into a creative process. Improvisation[edit] The following are two significant methods: Problem solving[edit] Essential Resources for Creativity (163 techniques + 30 tips + books!) Creativity and innovation thinking are topics that I have been searching recently. Below are those couple of sites’ resource links + some related recommended books that related to creativity and innovation.

Techniques (163 of them!) By Mycoted should help you with creative thinking – those are the toolbox for you when you get stuck on developing your ideas. Tips on Creativity by Gaping void is a list of how to be creative. This is the initial list for understanding what is creative and what are the ways you can gain creativity. Finally I have gathered some references on books and audiobooks which are great for references on this topic. Here are the lists: “There are many definitions of creativity, from my favourite above, to dictionary definitions such as “originality of thought” (Collins English Dictionary). Creativity Techniques: “”Creative” is one of those annoying words that means little, simply because it means so many different things to different people.

Tips to be creative: Morphological Analysis. From Mycoted Morphological Analysis was developed by Fritz Zwicky[1][2] (the Swiss astrophysicist and aerospace scientist based at the California Institute of Technology) in the 1940's and 50's as a method for systematically structuring and investigating the total set of relationships contained in multi-dimensional, usually non-quantifiable, problem complexes. Morphological Analysis is an extension of Attribute Listing. Imagine you have a product that could be made of 3 types of material, in 6 possible shapes, and with 4 kinds of mechanism. Theoretically there are 72 (3x6x4) potential combinations of material, shape and mechanism.

Some of these combinations may already exist; others may be impossible or impractical. Identifying Suitable Dimensions and Options One possible approach is to use group techniques. Up to 7 dimensions of 7 values, gives up to nearly a million potential arrangements, making systematic examination out of the question without the use of computers to assist. CreativityRulz. What would you do to earn money if all you had was five dollars and two hours? This is the assignment I gave students in one of my classes at Stanford University , as part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program ...

Each of fourteen teams received an envelope with five dollars of “seed funding” and was told they could spend as much time as they wanted planning. However, once they cracked open the envelope, they had two hours to generate as much money as possible. I gave them from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday evening to complete the assignment. Then, on Sunday evening, each team had to send me one slide describing what they had done, and on Monday afternoon each team had three minutes to present their project to the class.

Don't Shut Down Other Lines of Thought. How Geniuses Think.