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The Perpetual Validation Loop
The Perpetual Validation Loop
Sep 30, 2019 // 3 min read

You’re going to loop back and forth between prototyping and testing, so what happens when it feels like you’re not getting any traction? This will probably happen. Don’t panic. When you’re stuck in a perpetual loop, it’s usually because you’re not…

The Power of a Customer Advisory Council
The Power of a Customer Advisory Council
Sep 10, 2019 // 2 min read

As long as you’re continuously talking to your customers, you don’t necessarily have to add more features, but you do need to improve how well you’re solving their problems. A great way to do this early on is by forming an advisory council.

What Makes a Healthy Design Team Healthy?
What Makes a Healthy Design Team Healthy?
Aug 30, 2019 // 3 min read

This has been an interesting week. Monday I attended a product404 event where my friend Butler Raines talked about creating a product-led organization at SalesLoft. Then my book was released on Tuesday and my inbox exploded with questions like "why…

Don't Build a MVP!
Don't Build a MVP!
Aug 16, 2019 // 5 min read

A popular term in the startup world is MVP, or Minimum Viable Product. An MVP is the simplest version of your product that’s capable of demonstrating the value you have to offer the customer.

The Importance of a Great Design Process
The Importance of a Great Design Process
Aug 9, 2019 // 2 min read

Ever notice a recurring theme in your life? I've had several conversations about process with people over the last few weeks. So many conversations, in fact, that I thought it was worth writing about here.

The Solution Is Your Destination
The Solution Is Your Destination
Aug 2, 2019 // 2 min read

It’s easy to fly from New York to London as a passenger. You get on the plane, listen to the announcements, order a drink, watch a couple movies, and then land in London. It’s all very uneventful.

An Apple Event Without New Hardware?
An Apple Event Without New Hardware?
Mar 29, 2019 // 2 min read

Design is not that Important
Design is not that Important
Mar 22, 2019 // 2 min read

John Maeda, former MIT professor and renown designer, sent shivers down the spines of designers everywhere in his recent Design in Tech Report when he made the bold statement

Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses
Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses
Mar 22, 2019 // 3 min read

Executives in legacy businesses, particularly those who aren't digital-first, often ask me how human-centered design can help them when they aren't shipping digital products. Look no further than the retail fashion chain Zara. 

The Business Value of Design
The Business Value of Design
Mar 15, 2019 // 2 min read

Look at the last 5 years. The black line is the S&P 500. The colored lines are companies who use human-centered design and design thinking as a core product strategy. Great design process drives real results. The trick is aligning the business goals…