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Autism Awareness 2014

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 in family & friends, in the world | 0 comments

Autism Awareness 2014

In honor of Autism Awareness month …

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Temple Run

Posted on 18 Feb 2014 in family & friends, in the world, me at work | 0 comments

Temple Run

I’m back in India this week, so that I can spend some time with my growing team.  The trip is inevitably hard on me and my family, but at the same time I really enjoy having some time in person with all the amazing people who have joined our organization in the past year or so.  And the weather in Chicago has been brutal, so escaping to 80-degree weather for a couple of weeks is a welcome relief.  For some perspective, here is a view from ZS Associates’ downtown offices on Friday: That is Lake Michigan, with the whole shoreline frozen over!  And here is a view out the window...

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Don’t tell me I’m normal

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 in in the world | 0 comments

If you get a chance, I highly recommend this TED talk called What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers, by Faith Jegede.  She talks about living and learning from her autistic brothers, and what we can take away: Now, I cannot deny that there have been some challenging moments in my family, moments where I’ve wished that they were just like me. But I cast my mind back to the things that they’ve taught me about individuality and communication and love, and I realize that these are things that I wouldn’t want to change with normality. Normality overlooks the beauty...

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Nat’s Nibbles – Inspiration from Japan

Posted on 7 Feb 2014 in in the world, marketing | 0 comments

Nat’s Nibbles – Inspiration from Japan

I’ve been browsing through some of my old posts in draft, trying to figure out which ones I might actually get around to finishing.  I did come across a few different posts about Japan (one is from my trip to Japan in 2010!) which I thought it might be fun to combine. The inspiration to dredge up this content was cross-posted on the medianthro listserv and senseionline (a listserv for teachers of Japanese).  It was a link to a YouTube video called The Spell of OCHOBO, about an innovation to Freshness Burger’s packaging in Japan.  The post explained that Japanese cultural norms...

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Left Brain, Right Brain

Posted on 3 Feb 2014 in family & friends, in the world, me at work | 0 comments

Left Brain, Right Brain

As we observe both of our children in their Brain Balance programs, we continue to be curious about the emerging research on the brain.  Mercedes-Benz just produced a visually compelling advertisement which I think does a beautiful job representing the differences between the left and right sides of the brain. You can click on the image to see a larger version, if you like, and you can see other versions of the imagery on AdGoodness. Some time ago there was a test circulating on Facebook, which purports to tell people which side of their brain is dominant.  I thought it was just another...

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New research on dyslexia

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 in cross-posted, in the world | 0 comments

This morning I read an interesting article about some new research on dyslexia.  There were a couple of key passages that resonated with me: Some hypothesize that in people with dyslexia, the way that speech sounds are represented in the brain is impaired, while others contend that the brains of people with dyslexia represent the sounds correctly, but have trouble accessing them because of faulty brain connections. In the new study, Bart Boets, a clinical psychologist at KU Leuven, in Belgium, and his colleagues used brain imaging to test which hypothesis — flawed sound representations...

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On being busy

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 in in the world, me at work | 1 comment

There’s nothing like a Thanksgiving week away from work (and full of quality time with my family!) to reflect on the value and risks of being busy. On Being Busy A few months ago (when I started this post!) there was been a flurry of articles on the topic of being busy.  The first one that I read was on the Harvard Business Review blog entitled Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are, by Meredith Fineman.  The main takeaway is that making ‘busy’ a central message in conversation essentially shuts down meaningful exchange. Just a few days later, the thread continued on The...

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Ingrained

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 in in the world | 0 comments

Ingrained

The journey to a gluten-free diet has been an incredible learning experience for me in the months since I wrote about Wheat Belly. In fact, the more I’ve read, the more I am amazed (and horrified!) at all the marketing and messaging from our government and the food industry about how we should eat … and how deeply flawed it is. For me the biggest takeaway (first from Wheat Belly and in my subsequent reading) been that making these dietary changes is not really about the gluten. Rather, what this and Atkins and the latest Paleo fad and all these new low-carb diets have in common...

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Agile – Implications for UX Research

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 in me at work, user experience | 6 comments

Agile – Implications for UX Research

This Part 4 of a 4-Part series on Agile. As I mentioned earlier, one of the pleasures of working in both Lean and Agile working environments is that it’s extremely flexible, adaptable, and emergent.  There is lots of room for experimentation!  However, that also means that the summary in my prior posts is by no means exhaustive. It has been shown over and over again that the greatest Return on Investment (ROI) for User Experience is in early stages of product development. You can see one such study in  my presentation at The Qualitative Report annual conference.  The goal is to ensure that...

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Principles & Practices of Agile

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 in in the world, user experience | 1 comment

Principles & Practices of Agile

This Part 3 of a 4-Part series on Agile. The Agile Manifesto resulted in a set of twelve principles which provide further guidance on how the goals of the Manifesto will be achieved, including early and frequent delivery of software, regular face-to-face collaboration between business stakeholders and developers, and fostering a self-organizing and motivating environment for developers to work.  Perhaps most importantly, the final principle is one of change and continuous improvement as a competitive advantage.  These tenets have much in common with Lean – both in the aspirational tone and...

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