Guide to Agile Practices Definition In consultation with the customer or product owner, the team divides up the work to be done into functional increments called "user stories". Each user story is expected to yield, once implemented, a contribution to the value of the overall product, irrespective of the order of implementation; these and other assumptions as to the nature of user stories are captured by the INVEST formula. To make these assumptions tangible, user stores are reified into a physical form: an index card or sticky note, on which a brief descriptive sentence is written to serve as a reminder of its value. This emphasizes the "atomic" nature of user stories and encourages direct physical manipulation: for instance, decisions about scheduling are made by physically moving around these "story cards". Common Pitfalls
20 Free Web UI Element Kits and Stencils No doubt every web designer has spent many endless hours mocking up web pages, and as such every designer should have a good set of re-usable and uniform Web UI elements that they can rely upon to save them precious time and spare headaches when they are in the initial stages of a web project. In this article we have 20 completely free Web UI element kits and stencils that are perfect for the initial mockup or wireframe stage of a web design project. Most of the kits are editable and the kits are in either .psd, .ai or .png format, but you will also find some Omnigraffle stencils and some kits in .svg format. So, whatever your preferred format you are bound to find the perfect kit for you.
Exploring the 7 Different Types of Data Stories What makes a story truly data-driven? For one, the numbers aren’t caged in a sidebar graph. Instead, the data helps drive the narrative. Data can help narrate as many types of stories as there are angles. My colleague Ben Jones of Tableau Public inspired me to think of data stories as seven different types (à la Christopher Booker’s seven basic story plots). Carpenters Workshop Gallery Atelier Van Lieshout 2010BronzeLimited Edition of 8 + 4 APH 165 / L 95 / W 55 (cm)H 65 / L 37.4 / W 21.7 (inches) print infos Enquiries 2011STEEL, LIGHT FITTINGLIMITED EDITION OF 20H 172 / L 33 / W 30 (cm)H 67.7 / L 13 / W 11.8 (inches) Should B2B Marketing Appeal More to Our Emotions? As B2B marketers, we’ve always been taught that a purchasing decision is based on logic and rational thinking. But what if this isn’t entirely true? To find out whether emotion should play a role in B2B marketing, we didn’t run to Google first.
Victor Manrique's Blog - Gamification Design Framework: The SMA Model The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. Gamification Design Framework: The SMA Model Gamification: A design experience to fun, happiness and motivation 50 Free PSD UI Kits and Templates For every web designer, having a selection of pre-designed and editable web UI elements is key to organizing and optimizing work-flow. Not only do web UIs allow you to rapidly prototype multiple web pages with uniformity, they also aid your personal creativity by having each elements basic structure in-place allowing you to give each your own personal design touches. In this post we have 50 beautifully designed and editable pre-designed PSD UI kits, covering all of the major UI requirements of the modern web designer.
Creative Spaces Stories of innovation and discovery emphasize the freedom enjoyed by their central heroes. According to the mythology, inventors and discoverers accomplished greatness because they were unhampered by circumstance or psychology. Using the freedom metaphor plays up (unfairly, I believe) the lack of constraint in these retconned stories of creativity. We like to celebrate “freedom” because in interpreting their stories, we see innovators being true to themselves. They get to be exactly who they are.
T H E S A L I N E P R O J E C T - A R T For one year we fought burnout by turning down all paying work and making whatever we wanted. The result is Project K. Written, directed, edited, designed and starring us. Enjoy. B2B Purchase Decisions: Logic Driven by Emotion When considering the differences between B2B and B2C marketing, it’s often said that a B2C purchase decision is more emotional, while a B2B purchase decision is logical. I disagree. If you look into the behind-the-scenes processes throughout the continuum of the buying process, you’ll find a lot of emotion underlying the logic in B2B purchase decisions. Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here's How To Set One Up In the last two years at Google Ventures, I’ve done design sprints with more than 80 startups. One of the simplest tricks I’ve learned is that a dedicated space with walls—a war room—always helps us do better work. The walls of a war room can extend a team’s memory, provide a canvas for shared note-taking, and act as long-term storage for works in progress. Unfortunately, war rooms are few and far between. I’m surprised by how many tech companies make space for a foosball table (fun but seldom used), yet don't dedicate a room to their most important project.
What Is Web 2.0 What Is Web 2.0 Pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 DoubleClick vs. Overture and AdSense Like Google, DoubleClick is a true child of the internet era. It harnesses software as a service, has a core competency in data management, and, as noted above, was a pioneer in web services long before web services even had a name.
The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup. Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe interesting patterns that wouldn’t be apparent from looking only at stats. All Killer, No Filler