Getting Started in Speaking at Technical Conferences: A Few Helpful Resources

One of my goals over the next 12 months is to speak on product, development, and leadership on a more regular basis. (Some of you know this, but right out of college, I was a middle school art teacher before jumping back into tech. So, presenting and speaking feeds the teacher’s heart inside me. ?…

Kano Model (Part 2): Creating Your Survey

Creating a Kano Model Survey This is part two of a three-part series exploring the Kano Model and how to go about uncovering where your users would place your product’s existing and considered features. Start here for a better understanding of where to begin with your Kano Model Survey. Now that we understand what the Kano Model…

Kano Model (Part 1): Understanding the Kano Model

What is the Kano Model? Developed by Noriako Kano in the 1980’s, the Kano Model says that your customers will react in one of the following ways about each of your product’s features: 😍 Delighters: “Nice! I didn’t expect that, and I love it!” 😎 One-Dimensional: “I like that. I’ll have a little more please, and don’t take any away.” 😐 Must-Haves: “Well…

Devs, stop complaining about recruiters. You sound like an asshole.

Every so often, my Twitter stream – and probably yours – will include some annoyed (or perversely-entertained) developer sharing a tale of sorrow and woe. The tragedy? They’ve been spammed by a recruiter. Horror! Look. Are many technical recruiters clueless*? Yes. Are you glad you have your job and not theirs? Also yes? Then try gratefulness…

More Time for Future You

I recently stumbled on a really great interview with Rory Vaden about self discipline and personal effectiveness. While Rory Vaden may sound like a Sith Lord, he is actually a NYT bestselling author and the guest on Episode #124 of the Art of Manliness podcast. The entire episode is littered with brilliant one-liners that at first sound like bizspeak yawners,…

Fear of Failure

People are afraid of a lot of things: Public Speaking Failure Success (a little baffling, but apparently, it’s a thing) Leadership Making Decisions (and more to the point – living with the consequences) Spiders, Wasps, Snakes, etc. Socializing and Networking For me, it’s wasps, networking, and failure. I might have thought that after my years at…