Wilbur and Orville Wright based their designs of the first airplane from countless hours studying birds in flight. They scrutinized the air patterns surrounding their wings as they flew and analyzed how they were able to keep control. They also gathered as many books as possible on the topic of birds – they even wrote to the Smithsonian Institution to borrow from their collection.
Building Learning into our Process with Prototypes
Merck Developer Portal Case Study
In the last few years, Merck has hired more developers in several offices around the world and adopted newer web and mobile technologies. Because of this, they realized that their developers had a huge amount of combined knowledge, most of which was contained in silos. Many people weren’t tapping into the expertise or knowledge of others within the company, or were only using personal networks to get access to isolated knowledge.
Test-Driven Product Design
Our developers follow Test-Driven Development, or TDD, which is a development process where they write tests for features before writing the code to build said features. These tests outline the steps the users must take to get to their expected outcome.
In order to design their iconic furniture, Charles and Ray Eames first created a new technique to mold wood, and then produced their own tools to enable this technique. Throughout the process, they were constantly learning more about the wood they were working with. How far could they bend it before it cracked? Which directions seemed fluid, and which forced? Without their intimate knowledge of the materials they were working with, the molded plywood furniture that they so carefully created would not exist.
Things I learned by doing 3 talks in 3 days in Chicago
I’ve spent the last few days in Chicago. During my trip I gave 3 talks in 3 days. It was a little grueling but I learned a lot about speaking and a lot about my self. Things that if they were spaced out I think I would miss out on.
- I say “ummm” and “so” a lot.
- If I have presenter notes up I will read them (and not look at my audience).
- I am mentally exhausted after giving a talk and need alone time after to recharge.
- I love answering questions more than preparing the talk.
- It’s awesome to have video of your talk.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- No amount of good feedback will change my mind about how well or not well I did.
- There is only so much talking my throat can take.
- The room makes a big difference.
- I talk with my hands even though I think I don’t.
- I actually talk at a good pace.
- Simple slides are the best kind of slides.
- I’m not nearly as nervous as I used to be.
- I want unbiased feedback and advise on how to get better at talking but can’t get it.