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Accelerate Failure & Get More Insights In To Your Work

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On 28, Nov 2017 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

Accelerate failure. It’s a bit opposite from what we’re used to.

Normally, we like to run from failure. We like to do everything we can do to avoid it.

As designers, researchers, product managers, etc. we like to think through everything. We like to take our time, explore our options, and tinker with our ideas.

But what if instead you … accelerated failure?

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Is Trying To Perfect The Tech Stopping You From Launching Your Product?

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I did another experiment last week…

I launched something that wasn’t perfect. But I knew I needed to launch it so I could gather feedback. It was a series of emails. Because I wanted to give the user control, I had a link that people could click if they didn’t want to get those emails any more.

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The Sooner You Launch, The Sooner You’ll Have Feedback

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Here’s a quote I love …

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn once said, “if you’re not embarrassed by your first release, then you launched too late.”

I heard this saying years ago and always share it with my consulting clients. But as with most “sayings” it’s much easier to say than it is to apply.

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Public Speaking Is Not An Optional Activity For Career Growth

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On 23, Oct 2017 | No Comments | In Career, User Experience | By Sarah Doody

Are you afraid … or let’s be real … perhaps totally terrified of …

Public speaking?

I’ll be the first to raise my hand! I completely used to be. To be honest, I re-arranged my college courses so I didn’t have to take a public speaking course.

Then, years later I graduated …

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Why You Should Consider A Radical Transformation

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On 10, Oct 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

At the beginning of September, I made an important decision …

September would be about one thing: radical transformation.

I normally try and set a goal or intention for each month and kind of forgot all summer. So September was a good time to reset.

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The art of compromise in product development

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On 02, Oct 2017 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

In any project, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to compromise.

You may need to compromise on your timeline, scope of work, or what you do versus what you delegate to others.

But … compromise is really hard! Why? Because we often have a grand vision of what we want something to be. And the longer we’re working on it, the more vivid that vision becomes. Keep Reading >

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Focus On What You Do Best & Delegate The Rest.

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Quick update on what I’m working on and hopefully some lessons you can apply to your own projects!

First up, the re-design of the website for The UX Notebook. This week I did some quick feedback sessions with readers of this weekly newsletter as well as some other people in the UX industry. I wanted to get some fresh eyes on the project so that I could make sure I wasn’t stuck in a silo.

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Launch Your Own Product: My Lessons Learned

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Want to put your design skills to the test? I highly recommend that you launch your own product. It’s a great way to put to practice things like project management, feature prioritization, identifying and validating a problem, market research, marketing, and more.

I promise, it will be the hardest thing you do. But you will also have a lot of fun, because it’s yours.

The re-design of my product, The UX Notebook website is going well. And yes, I’m trying to practice what I preach and not be my own worst client!

One thing that’s been helpful is that I have a few people working with me on the project, so I’m avoiding the situation of designing this in a silo.

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Designing With Lenses: See ideas through a different design lens

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On 11, Sep 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Everyday UX, Research | By Sarah Doody

What is a design lens? Why is designing with lenses so important in user experience and product development?

As we know, it’s easy to get tunnel vision, to get stuck on your perspective, to design in a silo. Design lenses help us see our product and vet product ideas through different perspectives.

Recently, I’ve been doing this in one project of my own, a re-imagination of the website for The UX Notebook.

When I start any project, I allow myself time to go into research mode. I ask a ton of questions, talk to people, and explore similar products. But I create a deadline for research. Why?

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The Importance of Conducting Continuous Research in UX

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On 30, Aug 2017 | No Comments | In Research, User Experience | By Sarah Doody

I’ve been beta testing a program about UX portfolios recently. When I first had the idea, I did some research and then, armed with my research, I went to work and created the curriculum. But here’s the thing, I didn’t stop doing research once I launched the product. I’ve continued to research as I’ve been building this program.

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