Steve Jobs and the Purpose of the Corporation – Ben W. Heineman, Jr. – Harvard Business Review

from blogs.hbr.org, October 12, 2011 at 08:02PM (http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/steve_jobs_and_the_purpose_of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29) Steve Jobs and the Purpose of the Corporation In the torrent of commentary following Steve Jobs’ death, few have noted that his career and his company say something profound in the endless debate about the purpose of the corporation. Apple existed to “delight customers” first — benefits […]

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The Rands Test

from Rands In Repose, October 11, 2011 at 10:17AM (http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2011/10/11/the_rands_test.html) It’s hard to pick a single best work by Joel Spolsky, but if I was forced to, I’d pick The Joel Test. It’s his own, highly irresponsible, sloppy test to rate the quality of software, and when anyone asks me what is wrong with their […]

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How To Make Companies Think Long-Term This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO’s Role in Fixing the System. In my latest book, Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism can Learn from the NFL, I wrote about the negative impact of executive stock-based compensation on corporate short-termism. Eliminating stock-based […]

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The Three Questions That Lead to Profitable Growth This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Self-awareness is not always pretty. We go to some lengths to avoid it, tucking our stomachs in as we pass a mirror, weighing ourselves at the most favorable times, and favoring people who compliment […]

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AbstractThe results showed that, through using personas, designs with superior usability characteristics were produced. They also indicate that using personas provides a significant advantage during the research and conceptualisation stages of the design process (supporting previously unfounded claims). The study also investigated the effects of using different presentation methods to present personas and concluded that photographs worked better than illustrations, and that visual storyboards were more effective in presenting task scenarios than text only versions.

Research Paper – Real or Imaginary: The effectiveness of using personas in product design – Frontend – User Experience Design Consultancy from www.frontend.com http://www.frontend.com/products-digital-devices/real-or-imaginary-the-effectiveness-of-using-personas-in-product-design.html

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The world's funniest analogies Well, I don’t know about that, but as an analogy enthusiast, I did enjoy reading through this list. Some favorites: Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city […]

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Three Ways to Turn Setbacks into Progress People can’t do their most productive, creative work unless they are highly engaged in their projects. According to the progress principle, of all the events that can keep people engaged and happy at work, the most important is simply making progress on meaningful work. The progress can be […]

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Customer experience problems: what WE see vs. what YOU see Recently while purchasing an item in a store here in Manhattan, the salesperson asked me for my email address – for my receipt, I thought. A couple of days later, here came two separate promotional emails from the store: SALE! NEW! WOW! BUY! I contacted […]

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Breaking Dev: Mobile Apps Must Die In his Mobile Apps Must Die presentation at Breaking Development in Nashville TN, Scott Jenson made the case fro moving beyond mobile applications and illustrated what a future with apps could be. Here’s my notes from his talk: The history of mobile phones has been copying the desktop and […]

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What It's Like to Really Blindly Use an ATM “Find hole below? How far below? Is this a hole? No, that’s not it. That doesn’t feel like a hole at all! I’ll just start sticking the plug anywhere…” In case you’re wondering: it takes eleven minutes, and that includes one unintentional almost-withdrawal of 40.000 dollars. […]

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Web Log = Blog. Search Log = Slog?

Web logs started as records of web surfing; a person would find something interesting and write a little blurb about it guiding others to the otherwise hidden tidbit. One of the underlying motivations (I’m not passing judgement) was to gain social standing; to demonstrate one’s interestingness by associating with the interesting items you had found. […]

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links for 2009-02-01

Failure: The Secret to Success (Honda Racing) Folks from Honda Racing, the U.S. design group, and the performance engineering division remind us that failure, a byproduct of pushing limits and trying new things, is necessary for meaningful advancement. (tags: design business video inspiration failure learning)

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links for 2008-10-26

visual evasion – Designers for Barack Obama : a selection of 50 posters design – Graphisme Fifty posters for Obama, every one excellent. VOTE! (tags: politics inspiration design posters art)

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links for 2008-09-26

Crisis at Princeton (Paul Krugman) An excellent (if you like Econ, or care about the current economic situation) presentation by four smart guys at Princeton: Crisis on Wall Street, Thoughts on a New Financial Architecture, How We Got Here and Some Lessons, and Notes on the Bailout. Worth a look, even if you don't understand […]

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links for 2008-09-25

Palin's experience in just 12 minutes (Lawrence Lessig) Lawrence Lessig spends 12 minutes pointing out that Sarah Palin's experience is objectively far more slender than that of all but two incoming VPs ever, despite her assertions to the contrary. The rashness and inappropriateness of her selection is thrown into sharp relief. (The only reason it […]

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Please read “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow

On our most recent trip to Northern California (for me just ended, for the daughter and her lovely mother continuing a few more blessed days) I left the books at home and brought Stanza on my iPhone. Among many other works available to read for free via Stanza is Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother.” I haven’t […]

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links for 2008-04-19

Bruce Schneier at the NJ ACLU Noted security guru Bruce Schneier gives an informative and well-reasoned talk about the state of security, “security theater,” and what it means to be secure. (tags: security)

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links for 2008-04-18

Build a Pocket Theremin on the Cheap (Popular Science) This will be my next electronics project. I have a feeling that Roxy (2yo daughter) would like to play with it too! (tags: electronics diy theremin technology gadgets project music)

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links for 2008-04-17

PHP Cheatsheets – VisiBone Bob Stein of VisiBone fame adds PHP cheat sheets to his repertoire. If these are anything like his excellent JavaScript references, expect great things. (The JS regular expressions reference is especially fine; I’ve lent it to Perl coders at times.) (tags: PHP development web)

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links for 2008-04-16

Sony Design: Interaction Design Sony’s Interaction Design Group shows off their chops with a three projects. While details are fairly light, simple and powerful interactions are shown off via video, adding a sense of the richness a well-designed single-purpose interaction can provide. (tags: future interaction design)

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links for 2008-04-03

Change We Can Believe In (Ask H&FJ | Hoefler & Frere-Jones) Another example of design by committee producing inferior results to a single talented individual: the new British currency versus “new” American currency. (tags: design currency)

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links for 2008-02-28

30 of the Most Creative Bookshelves Designs (FresHome) I especially like the “Quad” bookshelves and the wall of diagonal cubes. And the Ceiling Bookshelves (mounting a shelf under the ceiling joists) would have been a great way to store items the co-op in grad school; I wish I had thought of it then. (tags: design […]

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