Good Advice is “Obvious”
Years back, a customer of one of my courses told me that he planned to judge the course based on how “counterintuitive” the advice was.
From the theory of information, this is a reasonable strategy. Information, in this sense, is a measure of surprise. You don’t learn much when someone tells you something you already know. In contrast, ideas that totally change how you think about something are more valuable.
However, from an advice-taking perspective, I think this person was misguided. Not only
The impact of a product delivery culture at Etsy
Tim Cochran completes his tale of how Etsy build a
product delivery culture to help clear bottlenecks as they scaled. He
discusses lean portfolio management, stronger product and engineering
collaboration, and assess the impact of this initiative.
18 Epic psychology and brain gifts and gift ideas
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UX Mapping Methods: Visual-Design Guide
Summary: Visual-design principles can be applied consistently throughout the process of creating a polished UX map. Start by choosing a tool, then create a visual system, establish the basic layout, and finally add content and make adjustments. UX visualizations (commonly referred to as UX mapping methods ) are artifacts that describe various aspects of a product or processes associated with it. There are many different types of UX mappings: empathy maps , customer-journey maps , serv
How to Answer UX Job Interview Questions
Summary: Shine brightly in your UX job interviews by demonstrating stellar communication skills to common types of interview questions using STAR and METEOR. You’ve spent countless hours crafting the perfect design portfolio . Perhaps you’ve made some revisions to your resume , too. And your efforts are working! You’re receiving callbacks and getting interviews with UX team members and hiring managers. But you haven’t landed that UX job yet. Why? Maybe during these interviews, you noticed
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Introducing a product delivery culture at Etsy
A second article exploring the challenges Etsy faced as it scaled up.
Tim Cochran relates how CTO Mike Fisher identified
problems with the product delivery process, built a cross-functional
Product Delivery Culture team to analyze the situation, and began an
improvement program based on lean thinking and the ideas of Marty
Consequences of Etsy's move to the cloud
Tim Cochran and Keyur Govande
conclude their description of Etsy's cloud migration by looking at
challenges, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, how they continue
to learn to improve their cloud usage, and their measurements of cost and
Make a Killer App with these 8 Psychological Functions
What makes a mindblowing app? Clean, intuitive UI? Bug-free? Does what it’s supposed to do? These are the minimum requirements for a good app. Whether ...
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Why and How to Use Demographics in UX
Summary: Well-designed questions related to age, gender, race, income and other demographic characteristics help UX researchers screen participants, recruit a diverse participant pool, and segment data. These questions are sensitive and should put research participants at ease. Demographic questions help researchers understand the context around the data they collect. However, obtaining demographic information can be tricky. First, some demographic questions require participants to disclose sens
Three Pillars of User Delight
Summary: Delight can be experienced viscerally, behaviorally, and reflectively. A great design is supported by all three of these pillars and is best evaluated with specific research methods. Why does user delight often feel so elusive? Not only is producing delight a difficult task, but the threshold for “delight” can be unclear and subjective. Does “delight” mean that the user smiles? Laughs? Comments positively? While a clear criterion like that would certainly simplify things, delight is e
You have the potential to Super-Age: Can you do it?
You may occasionally see a healthy 90- or 100-year-old with exceptional memory and cognitive skills. They are sharp, they can calculate mentally, they can solve ...
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8 Techniques to de-stress from work without compromise
I’ll share some specific de-stressing techniques that you can use at work starting today to relax without compromising your work – they will relax you ...
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Why You Need a Learning System
In this lesson series, I’ve talked about why it’s crazy we’ve never been taught how to learn. I’ve discussed how cognitive illusions trick you into using lousy studying methods. I’ve also explained why we get stressed over studying and how to beat it.
Today, however, I want to talk about the importance of having a learning system.
Tips Versus Systems
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If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time, you know I write about learning…a lot. I’ve written hundreds of
Study tips for Psychology Students [psychology learning guide]
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How to Approach Any Exam With Confidence
You know the feeling: sweaty palms, tightness in your chest and the tunnel vision that centers on the exam paper sitting in front of you. You feel like you should know the answers, but you keep forgetting. You glance at the clock and realize you’re falling behind. When the exam finishes you feel awful—you know that you knew more than what you wrote down on the page.
Why do we get test anxiety and how can we approach any exam with confidence?
In the previous two essays in this series (here and he
Which Matters More: Method or Motivation?
In the previous essay in this series, I complained about how we were never taught how learning works. As a result, we often guess at which methods to use when studying. Sometimes, we guess badly.
To illustrate, here’s a question for you: when studying for a test, which matters more, the method you use, or how motivated you are to learn the material?
That question is a bit vague, so let’s make it more concrete. Suppose I read out loud to you a list of words. Now imagine I gave you one of two tech
Etsy's observability and ML infrastructure teams moving to the cloud
Tim Cochran and Keyur Govande
continue their account of how Etsy used the cloud to scale up by
describing the journey of two teams: observability and ML