Much has been said, written, tweeted, and blogged about the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Even though Eric Ries, a fellow at IDEO and the author of The Lean Startup, is usually credited with coining the popular acronym … it was actually coined by California-based SyncDev CEO Frank Robinson (no, not the Frank Robinson who hit… Read More »How Lovable Is Your Product: MVP or MLP?
As a product designer, being a voracious reader & consumer of podcasts about design comes with the territory. As ‘mental cross-training’ I don’t solely read about building websites and software, I take in info from all areas. Print & traditional design, industrial design, architecture & the design of physical spaces. It was in one of… Read More »Product Lagom: A Designer’s Relationship with “Just Enough”
If you’ve ever been curious about what a design process is, you might have come across this general process: Define the problem Conduct research Brainstorm and conceptualize Prototype Test Improve The design process helps break down a project from ideation to execution into digestible steps that allow any team to solve complex problems and create… Read More »Our Design Process at Ncontracts
Have you ever used a product (website, app, software) that looks good and seems easy enough to use, only to find yourself not being able to find what you are looking for or getting confused about what certain buttons do? These are examples of products that are created with certain aspects of the User Experience… Read More »Why User Experience and Empathy Should Coincide
As part of hiring, one of the questions I regularly field is “What process do you run? Waterfall? Agile? What is your team process like?” At Ncontracts, we run a flavor of Agile called Dual-Track which focuses on a long-lived-squad-based approach. Much has been said about squads and the ins-and-outs of running dual-track that are… Read More »Why We Run Dual-Track Agile
A platitude I find myself going back to again and again is “The only constant is change”. Attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus from ~3000 years ago, it’s still remarkably relevant. Especially when talking about the process and structure of digital teams. Conversely, one of my least favorite phrases to hear is “it’s the way… Read More »Evolving Teams at Ncontracts
Have you read User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton? If not, you should stop what you’re doing and read it right now! At Ncontracts, we’re more than a little bit jazzed about the process and how it has changed the way we make software. Changing The Focus Many product people are familiar with the lean… Read More »User Story Mapping and Why It’s Crucial to Our Process
As a product building organization, 2019 was a big year for maturing our processes and methodologies at Ncontracts. We dove head-first into agile, we matured our tech stacks from a development and dev-ops perspective, added version-control to our design stack, and launched the Nstyle Design System. The biggest of our changes, however, are around knowing… Read More »Knowing and Communicating Clearly With Our Users