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08

December

Designing for a purpose

Interaction with today’s touch interfaces feels numb and yet it seems that device manufacturers are steadily adopting that design solution. I deeply empathize with Bret Victor’s description of “picture under the glass” effect in his article “A brief rant about the future of interaction design”.

I’d like to inquire about the motivs behind why did the “picture” end up “under the glass” and what is an alternative.

Enabling enabling

To start, I am curious to hear what do you do with your smartphone and tablet. Please tell me.

On my smartphone, I:

1. Look for

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06

December

Pathfinder Sponsored Lean Startup Challenge Names 10 Semifinalists

In September of this year, Todd Wyder and I organized the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. It’s the opposite of a business plan competition.   Instead of creating huge documents and proformas based on assumptions, contestants spend ten weeks making meaningful progress on their business based on real market feedback.

On October 1st, 146 startups answered the call, and entered “The Challenge”.  After 8 weeks of accelerated experimentation we are down to 10 semi-finalists. After December 8th only the four finalists will remain.  

Who will be crowned the Lean Startup Champion, and collect

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14

November

Lean + UX + Agile Workshop on January 20th

We’re doing a 3 hour workshop on how to integrate Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development on January 20th.

This is a more in depth workshop that extends the sold out one hour workshop we gave at the Chicago Product Management and Association in November.

Lean Startup, Pragmatic Marketing, User Experience Design and Agile Development are all approaches to improve your odds of creating successful products. Are they mutually exclusive, or can you assemble them together to make a lean, mean product success machine?

Join Pathfinder

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07

November

Pathfinder Looking for a Marketing Intern

Are you hungry, smart, and analytical?
Can you write persuasively?
Do you dream about changing the world with technology?

Pathfinder is at the epicenter of Chicago’s tech scene. We mentor and incubate startups, build and launch products, and run things like the Chicago Lean Startup Circle and Lean Startup Challenge.

We’re looking for a marketing intern to join our team. You’d be working directly with me organizing, writing, running experiments and learning on your feet.

If this sounds a challenge you’re up for, put on your AIDA hat and write us why

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01

November

Lean + UX + Agile: Putting It All Together

Pathfinder’s Amy Willis (UX), Reid MacTavish (Agile) and I are giving a presentation on November 15th to a joint session of the Chicago Product Management Association and Chicago Agile Project Management group on how to integrate Lean, UX and Agile. We’d love to see you there.

Here’s some more on the presentation:

Lean + UX + Agile: Putting It All Together

Lean Startup, Pragmatic Marketing, User Experience Design and Agile Development are all approaches to improve your odds of creating successful products.

Are they mutually exclusive, or can you assemble

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05

October

Infographic: The Doctor’s Tech Toolbox

I came across this infographic earlier today that illustrates how quickly physicians are embracing mobile devices and mobile healthcare solutions. Presented this way, it’s suprising how much faster demand for mobile healthcare solutions is rising than in other areas. But if you look closer, it’s not surprising at all. Healthcare is an almost perfect setup for mobile: Physicians usually don’t sit at desks, but are at the side of the patient, in the operating room, doing rounds, or taking call from home. In all of those situations, they

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04

October

Digital Dentistry

I was at the dentist this morning. When they went to take x-rays of my teeth, it started as usual, with the lead bib to reduce radiation. The technician stuck the uncomfortable contraption in my mouth to hold the film in place, stepped away, zappo, and came back to move it to the next position.

That’s when things stopped being usual. The first thing that struck me was that she looked over my shoulder back toward her work area and remarked “they look good”. What looks good, I’m thinking? Then,

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22

September

Want to Design New Software Products? Pathfinder is Hiring User Experience Designers

Pathfinder Software are looking for talented and team-oriented user experience designers who want to design commercial software products. We do a lot of exciting work for both start-ups who have never launched a product and established firms looking to launch something new or redesign an existing product, in industries ranging from medicine and education to consumer services.

We have built a strong reputation as the top software development firm in Chicago that incorporates lean startup thinking, lean user experience design and agile development, and and are looking for more great

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19

September

Interviewing Eric Ries at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

I’m interviewing Eric Ries, author of the just released The Lean Startup at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle this Thursday.

As a developer, entrepreneur and startup mentor, I’ve seen many startups (and many large companies) fail by building products based on vague market research, unexamined assumptions and wishful thinking. It’s no wonder that nine out of ten startups fail. The Lean Startup methodology helps entrepreneurs better those odds by giving them the tools to clarify their assumptions, run the right experiments to validate them and use the results to

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01

September

Between Problem and Solution, There Falls the Product

photo credit: Daquella manera

I’m always on the search for examples that illustrate the difference between problem and solution in product design. Recently, I’ve found a really sweet one.

In our various processes — whether it’s customer development, product design, or usability analysis — we end up asking people about their problems. What works for them; what doesn’t  work for them; what takes too long; what seems unnecessary? We asks lots of leading questions and play lots of little games to get at the underlying question of problem. Only then do

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