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Assessing Your Team's UX Skills By Jared M. Spool Originally published: Dec 10, 2007 "I didn't realize it required so many different skills," the newly-appointed user experience (UX) team manager told us. "I mean, it seemed so straight forward when we came up with the idea, but once we got into it, we kept realizing all the things we didn't know how to do." How To Tell If You're An Entrepreneur Pressed to describe the stereotypical entrepreneur, which words would you use? Passionate? Dedicated? Optimistic? Sure, those apply. Create positive pressure around releases If you’re working towards a key release, the pressure mounts for everyone involved as it approaches. For the technical team responsible for delivery the rising pressure in this situation is nearly always negative if left unchecked. As time runs out the drumbeat gets faster and faster as the team is whipped up to ramming speed, a bit like the galley slaves in Ben Hur.

Projects Latest projects. Around the world, people use Elva to advocate for change. Explore their projects below. Community Safety Network Saferworld / Georgia / 2011 - now Pre-election monitoring Caucasus Research Resource Centers and CIPDD / Georgia / 2012 Want to see your project here as well? 8 Useful Interface Design Techniques for Mobile Devices You can be the best web designer in the industry, but if you do not know how to properly lay things out and create a great interface for mobile devices, you will fail in such a task. With that said, designing for mobile devices is quite different from designing for mainstream devices such as your PC as screen sizes and resolutions play a big part in how much space you can utilize, and how it performs. Therefore, we cover eight useful interface design techniques for mobile devices that will help you get started on your quest for designing for mobile platforms. Layout, Layout, Layout The layout of the design is what sums it up for accessibility, usability, and overall readability for users on mobile devices.

Jack Welch GE's 4 E and one P curve (StratoServe) This blog had discussed Jack Welch's 4E's and one P in an earlier post; given the interest among blog readers here is some more clarification about the concept. To evaluate managers GE started a system of differentiating managers on performance but were hard pressed to identify the characteristics that differentiated managers on the "Vitality" curve which is essentially a “grading” curve or graph for managers. The word "vitality" is confusing because it refers more to being vital or essential to the organization rather than being "vital" in the "having high energy" sense. In fact,"Energy" is one of the 4 E's but let's go over the 4 E's of GE leadership briefly:

To Give Your Employees Meaning, Start With Mission - Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer | 11:00 AM December 19, 2012 It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. -Jim Collins

Reinventing Academia [Update (5/29): Eric Weinstein will be giving a follow-up lecture this Friday (5/31) at 2pm at Oxford's Mathematical Institute in lecture room L2 (which, I believe, is at location 22 on this map ). Physicists and mathematicians in the area! I hope some of you will be able to attend, and will post your thoughts / reactions online. Note: if you are friends with an Oxford Physicist, please invite them to attend this lecture -- this is apparently a necessary step. UI Guidelines for mobile and tablet web app design Official user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) guidelines from the manufacturers, links to which you can find below, are a source of inspiration for mobile web and app design. Here, you will find guidelines, samples, tips, and descriptions of common mistakes. Many of the guidelines focus on native application development, but we can apply most parts of them to mobile web design too. Remember to provide the best possible experience on each platform.

businessinsider How do you know if you’re a fantastic boss? Employees who love you may be a good sign—but not if they love you because you’re way too lenient. Great results, like high sales or fast project turnaround, might indicate a fantastic boss as well—but not if you’re getting great results at the expense of a healthy culture or happy team members. Here are the 12 personality traits of outstanding bosses. Check ’em out, check ’em off, and (if necessary) change your ways. Keep Me Company Michael has published a post called “Curious Company” the other day. I swirled with reactions as I read it. Whereas it was mostly delight, I’d like to apply a bit different focus to the subject. Let’s see. The common concept about businesses and corporations is that they should have a goal.

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