An interesting combination of workflows and wireframes is not just for mobile apps anymore, it can be applied to web pages as well. It may be a bit more work to create, but the benefit of having everyone understand clearly is priceless.
I’ve gotten into watching TED talks at home and have found the business category. All of them are good, but one which I found particularly interesting, since I like Systems Analysis was one titled “An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Wicked Problem Solving”. It explains the process and components of analyzing a system and, although it may seem inefficient, you get the most complete result by analyzing and planning a better process by having a group diagram with sticky notes. The presenters web site is DrawToast.com.
I’m all for automating routine tasks when it makes sense, when the time it takes to develop the automation is less than the amount of time it takes to perform the task. I found this chart a while ago and it has been sitting on my desk for a while. I finally decided to add it to my list of “good ideas on the Internet”.
Many people don’t like change, but if they have a voice in the change, they will be “bought in” and will be more accepting. This is important information for managers, but also for employees who find themselves trying to deal with change that they have no control over. If they find something, possibly unnoticeable, which will allow them to make the change their own, hopefully they can accept it easier.
This is evident when an employee is forced to switch offices, typically employees have a strong desire to re-arrange their new office so they can “make it their own”.
As I move through my career I’m shifting away from just interacting with computers (coding, managing servers and database, etc.) and working more with people and how they can utilize the technology. This shift, as well as my interest in project and people management, makes me more interested in articles like this one, How to Force People to do Anything (and have them thank you for it). Although the article uses consumer examples, the same cam be applied to workers; if you help people get started on a project, they will be more motivated to continue on their own.