amazon Lean UX, Product Stewardship, and Integrated Teams Several emergent themes in software design and development are converging into a new way of working: Entrepreneurs understand the strategic value of user experience design in the guise of Steve Blank’s customer development and Eric Ries’ lean startupManagement are entrusting designers with product management responsibilities as frustrated designers are seeking them outAgile teams are coming to recognize the contribution of UX as designers learn to function in agile environments Each of these ideas have significant impact on the way user experience designers approach their work and how businesses structure their design and development efforts. Together, Lean UX, Product Stewardship, and Integrated Teams define a cross-functional, balanced approach to delivering software and services. Lean UX Traditional User Experience (UX) design techniques were developed in waterfall environments. Lean UX leverages the highly fluid nature of modern lean and agile development practices. Product Stewardship
User Interface Engineering - Usability Research, Training, and Events - UIE Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog? Assuming you want to increase your blog traffic, there are certain mistakes you must avoid to be successful. If you commit these mistakes, your traffic will never gain momentum. Worse, it may plateau or begin to decrease. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/VisualField How do I know? After writing more than 1,000 posts and receiving more than 60,000 comments, I have made most of the mistakes you can make—numerous times. Mistake #1: You don’t post enough. There are other mistakes, too; I doubt this list is exhaustive. Question: What other traffic-killers have you witnessed as a blogger?
WebSphere Portal Family wiki : Performance for WebSphere Portal : Tuning IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager for best anonymous page performance ShowTable of Contents Introduction IBM® WebSphere® Portal (hereafter called “Portal”), with or without IBM Web Content ManagerTM (hereafter called WCM), performs well only with effective caching. There are multiple levels and types of caching within Portal/WCM, including HTTP caching, DynaCache caching, and other custom JavaTM caches. Out of the box, Portal/WCM is not configured (from a caching perspective) for production loads; instead, it's configured for development usage with all features enabled. For a production environment, Portal (without cache enablement and tuning) is not able to support medium to large transaction rates effectively. Preparing Portal for a production environment requires effective caching to improve the performance of the Portal/WCM server. Although there are various layers of caching available, the single most effective cache option is to cache the HTML rendered for the whole Portal page, including caching the static resources referenced by the page. Procedure
Axure Design Pattern Library v2.0 | A Clean Design This is Version 2 of the first Axure stencil library. Demo the HTML OR Download the Axure (.rp) File What’s new in this version? I’ve gone a little nuts with some of these. There are a few new techniques, described in my last post about Click and Drag simulation, as well as some simpler but useful widgets. AJAX Field ValidationCarouselCarousel with simulated “Click and Drag”Field ValidationHover TipiPod MenuMapMap with simulated “Click and Drag”Progress BarSelf-Healing Delete from ListTabs Left The “Click and Drag” widgets are still a bit rough around the edges, so I’ve marked them “beta” and recommend against using them for user testing. What if I want to add something to this library? People have contacted me interested in contributing to the library, and I think that’s a great idea.
The UX Designer’s Downward Dog: Designing in a Lean Environment « Second Thoughts Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: Lindsay | Filed under: mobile , Projects , side project , User Interface , volunteer | No Comments » Two weeks ago, I wanted to work on a mobile design for New York Cares’ volunteers as a way to brush up on Photoshop and tinker with Marshall Bock’s iPhone 4s Template . Background: New York Cares matches approximately 53,000 volunteers every year to projects around the 5 boroughs through partner organizations. Research: I created an 8 question survey to understand how other volunteers find projects (search with specific criteria versus browse), what criteria they use to select a project (type, day, borough, etc.), and the ideal project date (within a week, within a month). Results : The primary user volunteers approximately once per month, is looking for a project within a month, and would like to browse, but also searches based on project type, day of week, time of day and location. Here’s the event on Facebook , or just read the details on this flyer.
Wireframes are dead, long live rapid prototyping Wireframes, your time is up. You’ve served your purpose. You’ve brought order where there was once chaos and provided gainful employment for thousands of UX designers, but I’m afraid now it’s time for you to go to the big recycling bin in the sky. You’re just no longer cut out for the cut and thrust of UX design and have been replaced by that young upstart called rapid prototyping. What are wireframes? In the same way that architectural drawings might outline what goes where for buildings, wireframes outline what goes where for a set of UI screens. An example wireframe with footnotes Wireframes are usually put together by a UX designer (or designers) prior to any visual design work and are typically constructed using diagramming tools such as Visio and Omnigraffle, or design and drawing tools such as InDesign and Fireworks. Why ditch wireframes? So what’s so wrong with wireframes? Bypassing wireframes with rapid prototyping If wireframes are so flawed what’s the alternative?
Excellent Articles on Writing Title & Description Tags | Marketi Do you wonder what the big deal is about title and description META tags? Struggle with writing them? Think you can just shove a few keywords in and be good to go? Here are two great articles that will guide you in developing title and description tags that draw more visitors to your site. How to Control Your Listing Text in Google’s Search Results By John Metzler The listing text in Google’s search results can easily be overlooked by some webmasters in their SEO efforts. All About Title Tags By Jill Whalen Fixing just the title tags of your pages can often generate quick and appreciable differences to your rankings. How to Create a META Description Tag – From 2004, but still amazingly relevant By Jill Whalen The keywords and phrases you use in your Meta description tag don’t affect your page’s ranking in the search engines (for the most part), but this tag can still come in handy in your overall SEO campaigns. Please share this post with your friends. 0inShare
How to restore WebSphere Portal back to the out-of-the-box security configuration Question Sometimes you may encounter a problem when you configure IBM WebSphere Portal security (standalone or federated). This problem can cause the system configuration files to be in an inconsistent state. Can you revert back to the original file registry configuration if the security task fails? Answer It is now possible to revert back to the out-of-the-box security configuration for WebSphere Portal 188.8.131.52 You must populate the wkplc.properties file with the parameters stated below and then run the wp-restore-default-repository-configuration task. NOTE: If you are on WebSphere Portal 6.1.0 you need to install PK73815 and update the Portal configuration per the APAR details for this task to work properly. The wp-restore-default-repository-configuration task allows you to return to the default VMM setup with a federated file repository. A new user and a new user group will be created and set to the WebSphere Portal and WAS administrators. # The realm name to be used.
Persona Format - Fluid Project Wiki Fluid Persona Format This persona format was created to organize information in the Fluid Personas. The format chosen was based on the competitive analysis of many persona examples below. Page 1: Summary Page 2: More Details Comparative Analysis Todd Warfel Example Persona From: Positives Nice categorization: "The Moderately Seasoned Professional" Nice tagline: "I'd like to see a good, better, best." Negatives Persona doesn't have a ton of personal details, so he may not be as humanized as he could be. Chopsticker Example Persona PDF version of Timothy Powell Persona Nice graphic design Very compelling picture Very interesting personal details that give you a sense of his personality ("I don't suffer fools!) Tagline is a little long Details in the left sidebar aren't arranged very well (no headings) Not super easy to get an "at a glance" sense of who he is Kivio Persona Chart From: Student
Balanced Team The real reason the Valley wants designers who can code: they’re better « Handcrafted Jared Spool over at UIE just published an article about “why the Valley wants designers who can code“. In it, he asserts that startups in Silicon Valley want to keep teams small and therefore look to combine critical roles within a single person, while established players in the industry can afford to spread those roles out over more people. This is partially true. The new design constraint is being able to code When a designer can code, she makes decisions based on an understanding of design and of the result that design is going to create. On the other hand, designers who can’t code aren’t constrained by that wisdom. “Whoa” Is Neo a designer who can code? Designers who can code are like Neo in the Matrix: they can see through the world around them (the app) into the underlying code operating beyond everyone’s vision. Designers who can code are the future The reason Silicon Valley startups want designers who can code isn’t just because it’s easier and cheaper.