Simple Frameworks

Below are a few constructs and paradigms I’ve found useful at one point during my work/life. (And a good looking list of some others I haven’t made my way through yet).

PRODUCT PRIORITIZATION

 

Which product features have to be

Obvious?
Easy?
Possible?

🔗 Jason Fried


Now.
Next.
Later.

🔗 Noah Weiss


75%
understanding what the consumers want now.

25%
providing them something that they don’t know they want yet.

 🔗 MDavid Low


Pain: Painful, Confusing, Opportunity
Effort: Small (1), Medium (2), Big (3)
Business Value: $, $$, $$$


Must include.
Should include.
Could include.
Won’t include.

MoSCoW Method for Feature Prioritization


Independent
The PBI (Product Backlog Item) should be self-contained, in a way that there is no inherent dependency on another PBI.

Negotiable
PBIs, up until they are part of an iteration, can always be changed and rewritten.

Valuable
A PBI must deliver value to the stakeholders.

Estimable
You must always be able to estimate the size of a PBI.

Small
PBIs should not be so big as to become impossible to plan/task/prioritize with a certain level of certainty.

Testable
The PBI or its related description must provide the necessary information to make test development possible.

🔗 INVEST (mnemonic)


PRODUCT MINDSET

 

Rough, adaptive plan +
Rough, adaptive architecture = 
Good Agile.


 

A framework for improvisational theatre:

Say “yes, and”.
Add information after the “and”.
Avoid questions.

(If you ask an comedian how they improvise, their answer isn’t “be funny”, They will tell you a set of rules to follow… that allow them to be funny.)

🔗 Jon Lax


 

MANAGEMENT

 

What should they

Stop?
Start?
Continue?

Informal Employee Review


 5 Successful Debrief Structures

  1. Pluses & Deltas
  2. The Hotseat
  3. Product / Market / Team Fit
  4. Customer / Content / Culture
  5. Impact vs. Enthusiasm (My Personal Fav)

🔗 The Design Gym


More Carrot, Less Stick.


Lay the tracks,
don’t drive the train.


Pass / Fail.


Yes, and?

Fuck Yeah! What’s Next?

Inspiring Action


A good life calls for a balance of:

Order/Chaos

Discipline/Freedom

The Mundane/The Magical

🔗 Jory MacKay


DESIGN

 

Mastery,
Mystery,
Misery.

🔗 The Ideologies of Web Design


Memorable,
Meaningful,
Multi—.

Defining Experience


Microscope
Telescope.
Kaleidoscope.

🔗 Necessary Lenses for Understanding and Creation via @morville ‘s lecture The Architecture of Understanding:   #ia #intertwingled


What are we making?
Why?

#Wonder, #Terror

Defining Defines


Newspaper, 
Newswire,
Magazine.

News Velocity, well-worded by Joshua Topolsky


Navigation

Global Where am I?
Local What’s nearby?
Contextual What’s related to what’s here?

Plus supplemental systems such as: search, sitemaps, indexes, guides

🔗 A Hierarchy of Information Needs

#ephemera, #reference, #procedure, #story, #foundation


Brand Patterns creates consistency between the Artifacts, Behaviors, and Concepts — the simple ABC of a new kind of brand consistency. These must become inter-related and interdependent.

Artifacts are the logos, names, slogans, colors, icons, shapes, sounds, products of a brand.
Behaviors  are the states, traits, actions, performance and response of a brand.
Concepts are the plural thoughts and visions that strategically bind an organization. These must become inter-related and interdependent.

🔗 Brands as Patterns


BUSINESS & PURPOSE

 

Do you want
a big piece of a small pie?

OR
a small piece of a big pie?

🔗 Jesse Poe


Branding—

Who are you?
What do you do?
Why does it matter?

🔗 Marty Neumeier


Be somewhere in the middle of
Authenticity + Relevance

🔗 Brian Collins


The value of every business is simply this:
Product – Meaning = Commodity
Product + Meaning = Brand

Bernadette Jiwa (@bernadettejiwa) October 22, 2014


Asking Questions

How to ask questions (via askwonder.com)

  • What are you not asking?
  • How might this question be misinterpreted?
  • What does a successful answer look like?

2 Modes of Question

  • You know exactly what you’re looking for.
  • You don’t know what you’re looking for and you’re trying to figure it out out.

Questions Assumptions/Content

  • Is that tribal knowledge? Or is it codified?
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