Reasons your next sprint, product, or project might fail

Good design happens at the intersection of discovering real user needs/wants and business goals that are ACTIONABLE (by design and engineering). Yes, there’s a little magic/instinct that creeps into good design too, but you can get far without a lot of this magic. It’s really more about nailing the problem set, and having really clear … Read moreReasons your next sprint, product, or project might fail

How to solicit *real* needs from users via UX research interviews

Readers of DFA know that I’m big on not immediately giving customers what they asked for, and instead asking the question “why” to learn what the real latent customer needs are. And for you internal analytics folks, remember your employees, vendors, etc. are your “customers” whether you think of them that way or not! Anyhow, … Read moreHow to solicit *real* needs from users via UX research interviews

The Easiest Way to Simplify Your Product or Solution’s Design

Ok, you probably know this one, but let’s dig in a little farther. I recently started to explore using the TORBrowser when surfing on public wi-fi for more security (later finding out that using a VPN, and not TOR, is what will enable safer surfing). However, in the process of downloading and trying the TORBrowser … Read moreThe Easiest Way to Simplify Your Product or Solution’s Design

Failure rates for analytics, BI, and big data projects = 85% – yikes!

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but I recently found out just how many analytics, IOT, big data, and BI projects fail. And the numbers are staggering. Here’s a list of articles and primary sources. What’s interesting to me about many of these is the common issue around “technology solutions in search of … Read moreFailure rates for analytics, BI, and big data projects = 85% – yikes!

My reactions to the Chief Data Officer, Fall 2017 conference summary

I ran into a an article about the Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Fall conference that summarized some of the key takeaways at the previous year’s conference. One paragraph in the article stuck out to me: … The Great Dilemma – Product vs Project vs Capability Analytics Approaches Although not one of these approaches will provide a … Read moreMy reactions to the Chief Data Officer, Fall 2017 conference summary

Getting confidence in the value of your data

(As shown to customers in your UI) I’m talking to a prospective SAAS client right now, and they’re trying to expose some analytics on their customers’ data so that the customers can derive ROI from the SAAS on their own. The intent is that the data can also be useful to the SAAS sales team, … Read moreGetting confidence in the value of your data

Tips to help focus your analytics design/engineering efforts on results

If you are starting out on a new feature design, or analytics effort, can you clearly state what the value will be in quantifiable terms at the end of the sprint? Are you building an “exploratory” UI, or one that is supposed to drive home conclusions for the customer? When clients come to me about … Read moreTips to help focus your analytics design/engineering efforts on results

Think it’s hard building an analytics product or service? Try cutting features out.

Try cutting features out of it. Apparently, that whole quote from Michaelangelo about “I just carve away the part of the statue that doesn’t look like David” is a myth. But, it’s a good myth for design thinkers. It helps me remember that you can add customer value by removing materials from a design. We talk a … Read moreThink it’s hard building an analytics product or service? Try cutting features out.

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Designing Useful Big Data Products

I loved this quote: ”Identify 2-3 need-to-know insights, and make that the focus of the product. Rather than thinking about competing products, think about competing processes. The goal of the product is to be consistently used by all users, not just power users, and the only way to accomplish this is to make it as simple as possible to discover the … Read moreA Venture Capitalist’s Take on Designing Useful Big Data Products

How can good design help you avoid product bloat and drift?

Let’s talk about your product’s drift and keeping it in check. As your product evolves, it will likely grow in size, and get more complex over time. You’ll listen to customers, adapt to their needs, and over time will begin to encounter situations where different segments’ needs are in conflict, and you either dissatisfy one … Read moreHow can good design help you avoid product bloat and drift?