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The Anatomy of an Experience Map Experience maps have become more prominent over the past few years, largely because companies are realizing the interconnectedness of the cross-channel experience. It’s becoming increasingly useful to gain insight in order to orchestrate service touchpoints over time and space. But I still see a dearth of quality references. When someone asks me for examples, the only good one I can reference is nForm’s published nearly two years ago. However, I believe their importance exceeds their prevalence. I’m often asked what defines a good experience map. Classroom Assessment The values for reliability coefficients range from 0 to 1.0. A coefficient of 0 means no reliability and 1.0 means perfect reliability. Since all tests have some error, reliability coefficients never reach 1.0. Generally, if the reliability of a standardized test is above .80, it is said to have very good reliability; if it is below .50, it would not be considered a very reliable test. Validity refers to the accuracy of an assessment -- whether or not it measures what it is supposed to measure. Even if a test is reliable, it may not provide a valid measure.

RGB ledlamp - Intro Since RGB-leds became powerful enough to be used in lighting, I've been planning on incorporating them in my house interior somehow. I think the way you can set the atmosphere from nice and cool blue to warm red is something to be desired. A while ago, I've received a Philips LivingColor-lamp, so I already know how it feels. Now I live in my own house, though, a single lamp isn't going to cut it. Now, it would surely be possible to buy multiple of these devices, but at E120 a piece, that would get a bit costly... IRIS Resource Locator Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) works to strengthen the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. Resources on this site include publications, webinars, and presentations about EI/ECE assessment, as well as links to other centers. The CEELO Annotated Bibliography on Early Childhood Assessment highlights resources found on the Website. This center works in partnership with SEAs, state and local early childhood leaders, and other federal and national technical assistance providers to promote innovation and accountability.

Method Cards IDEO Method Cards is a collection of 51 cards representing diverse ways that design teams can understand the people they are designing for. They are used to make a number of different methods accessible to all members of a design team, to explain how and when the methods are best used, and to demonstrate how they have been applied to real design projects. IDEO’s human factors specialists conceived the deck as a design research tool for its staff and clients, to be used by researchers, designers, and engineers to evaluate and select the empathic research methods that best inform specific design initiatives. The tool can be used in various ways—sorted, browsed, searched, spread out, pinned up—as both information and inspiration to human-centered design teams and individuals at various stages to support planning and execution of design programs.

Post-Agile: A Design Thinking Approach to Software Development Regardless of how trained and focused your people are, when the projects you work on vary in complexity and time finding a single project management solution that works for all is impossible. This is the truth I have discovered after my first three months at Artefact, where the range of development projects varies widely – from an 18 month fully integrated design and development like PIRCH Advisor to a quick four-week iteration on our commenting platform Civic IQ. Yet Agile project management, or the iterative and incremental method of managing design and development has become so pervasive, that people and companies throw the terms around like they’re the panacea for all productivity issues. Not only that, they expect you to blindly embrace and follow the methodology regardless of the project at hand. And if you dare to divert from the postulates of the Agile zealots, you will be judged. And it won’t be good.

Winning with IT in consumer packaged goods: Seven trends transforming the role of the CIO Consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) companies have traditionally viewed technology as a necessary business expense to be managed in the most efficient way possible. As IT spending increased over the past two decades, managers concentrated on standardizing IT systems across the company and reducing costs. Technology programs delivered on consolidating and integrating systems following mergers and acquisitions.

A two-speed IT architecture for the digital enterprise Digital business models have become essential for companies across a range of industries. With social networks and e-commerce websites setting new benchmarks for speed, agility, and user-friendliness, consumers expect similar online performance from banks, retailers, and telecommunications companies. Attackers born in the digital age give consumers what they want, but many older companies struggle to meet customer expectations. For them, going digital is now a prerequisite for surviving and thriving. Success requires strong capabilities in four areas. First, because the digital business model allows the creation—and shorter time to market—of digital products and services, companies need to become skilled at digital-product innovation that meets changing customer expectations.

Why every leader should care about digitization and disruptive innovation The disruptive impact of technology is the topic of a McKinsey-hosted discussion among business leaders, policy makers, and researchers at this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland. In this video, two session participants preview the critical issues that will be discussed, including the impact of digitization and automation on labor markets and how companies can adapt in a world of rapid technological change. What follows is an edited transcript of their remarks.

How to Revitalize Your Digital Business Model Three short, chunky things that (we promise) will rescue your digital business. The sprawling self-help industry for executives tends to chop up advice into business baby food, with small, easy-to-digest chunks, flavorful summaries and beautiful illustrations. Truisms are packaged into “models” with the promise that following them will make every business better.

The Discipline of Creativity Ideas can come from anywhere. But that doesn’t mean managers can afford to rely on haphazard, hit-or-miss approaches to idea generation. Businesses win through new ideas: new ideas for products, for developing and refining processes, and for tackling strategic and operational challenges. Given the complexity and volatility that characterize today’s business landscape, the ability to develop creative new ideas is more important than ever. In fact, a recent IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs from more than 60 countries named creativity the most important leadership quality. But coming up with creative ideas on demand is only part of the answer.

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