Here are some things I try to watch out for in meetings.
See also: Five tips for better meetings
Originally published at https://naga.co.za on April 19, 2021.
The 25th March is World Retrospective Day. I’ve just had my annual performance review at work. I thought I’d combine bits from both on the subject of “strategic pessimism.”
I got some great feedback from my colleagues as part of my review. But one thing surprised me: people thought of me as positive. I didn’t think of myself that way. I see myself as a pessimist. Not a doom-and-gloom, everything is terrible, kind of pessimist. A strategic pessimist: it’s a good idea to be aware of what might go wrong, so we can plan for it, and keep it in…
Last week I took some days off and (virtually) attended axe-con, Deque’s conference for building accessible experiences. I picked a few talks to watch and made sketchnotes.
I usually learn a lot from conferences. The problem for me tends to be trimming the list down to something actionable and achievable 😬. For axe-con, I’ve picked three things to do:
Here are my sketchnotes:
I’ve just finished working my way through “Scrum Master Workbook Part 1”. It’s really well paced and there was lots to learn.
Here are some of the things that I’ve picked up and am either doing already or have a concrete plan to start doing soon.
After every meeting, do a tiny mini-retro on my own. Look at:
Every month do a Proactive vs Reactive retro to see:
As part of UX South Africa 2020, I contributed to a short thank you video for Don Norman, who was speaking at the conference.
Here’s the final compilation video:
And here’s my 45 second video:
The video has embedded captions. Here’s the transcript:
Don Norman broke my brain. In a good way.
I started my career as a front-end developer and I was working at a human-centred design agency.
While I was there I started learning more and more about UX and that broke my brain for interfaces. …
I joined the online version of UX New Zealand this year. Here’s one thing that stood out for me from each of a few of the talks.
I managed to catch a few of the talks at this year’s A11y Camp. Here are three of my top takeaways from three of the talks. The first one in each list is something I’ve turned into a TODO for myself.
Like many people, over the years I’ve been in a lot of meetings. Here are five things that I’ve found tend to make for better meetings.
Originally published at https://naga.co.za on October 7, 2020.
I’m a big fan of human-centered design (which I think of as inclusive design and accessibility) and human-centered development (which I think of as progressive enhancement). When talking about these things, it’s not uncommon to be confronted with “yeah but”s.
I’ve found that the way to address these is to dig a little bit first (using a five whys map or a cause and effect map or a similar structure) to find the underlying reason for the objection. Here are some common objections and ways that I’ve addressed them (with varying degrees of success, of course!). These aren’t complete arguments…
Accessibility and usability have a lot in common. In fact, I’d argue that they have so much in common that they’re just a different lens on the same thing.
When we talk about usability, we talk about making our work understandable, clear, consistent, flexible. We could easily talk about making our work perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. Those sound like excellent ways to make our work usable! They’re also the four WCAG principles.
When we talk about usability, what we usually mean making it usable for a particular slice of our users. …
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