How to apply the Jobs-to-be-done methodology to web design An common methodology in user-centered web design is the a combination of Personas and user stories. A Persona is basically a fictional user archetype. A model that is created from data. Data that should have been gathered by talking to real people. A Persona typically tries to represent the characteristics you need to know about the “typical” user of a web design. All in order for you to make real and informed design decisions. Personas works well in a situation where the user-base can easily be segmented into different types of users with different needs. Knowing the exact details about a user is somewhat useless if you don’t know what they actually want to do. Many web design solutions are better defined by the job they do rather than the customers they serve. In this article we will show an alternative to Personas and user stories. The Jobs-to-be-done methodology helps you focus on the job that the user wants done rather than who and how. Let’s analyse this format a bit more;
Useful Value Proposition Examples (and How to Create a Good One) 292inShareinShare Value proposition is the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. It’s also the main thing you need to test – if you get it right, it will be a huge boost. The less known your company is, the better value proposition you need. What exactly is a value proposition? A value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered. In a nutshell, value proposition is a clear statement that explains how your product solves customers’ problems or improves their situation (relevancy),delivers specific benefits (quantified value),tells the ideal customer why they should buy from you and not from the competition (unique differentiation). You have to present your value proposition as the first thing the visitors see on your home page, but should be visible in all major entry points of the site. It’s for people to read and understand Value proposition is something real humans are supposed to understand. Use the right language
Technique 1 - Jobs to be Done | The Innovator's Toolkit Highlight the human need you're trying to fulfill. A job to be done (JTBD) is a revolutionary concept that guides you toward innovation and helps you move beyond the norm of only improving current solutions. A JTBD is not a product, service, or a specific solution; it's the higher purpose for which customers buy products, services, and solutions. For instance, most people would say they buy a lawnmower to "cut the grass," and this is true. But if a lawnmower company examines the higher purpose of cutting the grass, say, "keep the grass low and beautiful at all times," then it might forgo some efforts to make better lawnmowers in lieu of developing a genetically engineered grass seed that never needs to be cut. This is the power of the JTBD concept and technique: It helps the innovator understand that customers don't buy products and services; they hire various solutions at various times to get a wide array of jobs done. Background Jobs to be Done Breakdown Let’s develop an example. Steps
6 Persuasion Tricks To Get What You Want It doesn’t matter if you’re working on landing a new job or promotionor trying to get your bosses to sign off a new idea, being persuasive goes a long way in getting things done. It’s a more nuanced quality than just being authoritative or demanding. The ability to win over others to see your way of thinking and support you includes a number of personal, presentation and perceptive aspects. “Persuasion is all about making a deeper connection with someone, even if it’s momentary or a highly superficial trust. The next time you need to rally the troops and get them to support your idea or effort, keep these key actions in mind. 1. Knowing your subject cold and presenting your case succinctly help people stay focused on what you have to say and feel more confident in your opinion, says Bill McGowan, founder of Clarity Media Group, a New York City-based media training firm, and author of Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time Every Time . 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Achieve Product-Market Fit with our Brand-New Value Proposition Designer Canvas I’m a big fan of the Lean Startup movement and love the underlying principle of testing, learning, and pivoting by experimenting with the most basic product prototypes imaginable - so-called Minimal Viable Products (MVP) – during the search for product-market fit. It helps companies avoid building stuff that customers don’t want. Yet, there is no underlying conceptual tool that accompanies this process. There is no practical tool that helps business people map, think through, discuss, test, and pivot their company’s value proposition in relationship to their customers’ needs. So I came up with the Value Proposition Designer Canvas together with Yves Pigneur and Alan Smith. The Value Proposition Designer Canvas is like a plug-in tool to the Business Model Canvas. The Canvas with its 9 building blocks focuses on the big picture. In this post I’ll explain the conceptual tool. The Value Proposition Designer Canvas Achieving Fit Customer Jobs Ask yourself: Customer Pains Customer Gains
How To Put 'The Business Model Canvas' To Good Use - Tuts+ Business Article The book "Business Model Generation" should ring a bell for freelancers and many entrepreneurs. It explores the possibilities of using a 'Business Model Canvas.' This is a model that you use to define the components of your business. It offers an interactive way to look at your current business model and improve your results. It's a way to keep moving forward with an iterative business plan. In today's article, we'll explore what the "Business Model Canvas" is, then learn how you can use it to create a new business or improve your current one. Tutorial Assets Either you work digitally or physically. PDF of "The Business Model Canvas".Software to edit the canvas, Photoshop for example.Sticky notes.Markers. Tip: If you collaborate with other people in your business, it's suggested to print The Business Model Canvas and work together on your model. 1. Step 1 - Basics The "Business Model Canvas" has 9 components (or building blocks). Step 2 - Print and Fiddle The concept is simple. 2. 3. 4. 5.
What people really want – Nikkel Blaase – Medium Jobs, not users Creating remarkable products does not come from understanding typical customers. Products must serve core needs, not what people say they want. We should think less about archetypal customers and more about the jobs people want to get done. Customers’ behavior must be observed rather than inquired. »Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers« — Seth Godin Creating Personas is a misleading concept. »Focus on the job, not the customer« — Des Traynor The core job of a product is to help customers achieve progress.
People Don't Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head a little. MP3 players had been around for quite a while, what was so different about the iPod? Of course, people argued many things were different, but one of the key aspects was how Jobs marketed and presented it: “1,000 songs in your pocket” When everyone else was saying “1GB storage on your MP3 player”, telling people about the product, Apple went ahead and made you a better person, that has 1000 songs in your pocket. Our friends over at User Onboarding wrote an incredible post and graphic, showcasing how this framework looks on a higher level: Note: Try sharing the above image by right-clicking it and the choosing “add to Buffer” with the Buffer browser extension, it’s one of our most shared updates, ever In particular, the image itself proved to be popular—understandably. Features vs. benefits – how to grasp the difference P.S.
The forces at work when choosing a product The jobs-to-be-done framework isn’t new, but I’ve only recently started digging into it much more since it’s been gaining a lot of traction everywhere I look. For a nice primer on the topic see Eric Portelance’s recent article for Teehan+Lax called The Iceberg of Jobs-to-be-Done, in which he explains how crucial this framework is for good product design: [Most successful products are created by] people who understand the importance of creating products that solve real customer problems, and have a set of tools and frameworks like jobs-to-be-done that they use to identify and validate the real human problems they’re trying to solve in the market. The progress-making forces diagram has been particularly useful for me in client work, since it helps people understand how difficult it can be to change existing user behavior. I’m not a huge fan of the diagram on the JTBD site, so we made a new one: The basic premise of the diagram is this.