I guess this means that if you can build systems that enable people to work out where their attention is needed (and on what’s fun), create momentum for working in the open, build a place where specialists can communicate, and discourage the evolution of political power bases through the hoarding of privileged knowledge then you have achieved GitHub nirvana.
… obstetricians decided that they needed a simpler, more predictable way to intervene when a laboring mother ran into trouble. They found it in the Cesarean section.
Treating childbirth as an artisanal, craft-like skill came at great cost. Should software businesses be run by artisans, or would they benefit from a more managerial, industrial approach?
It’s more accurate, and much more helpful, to talk about ‘deciding what to build’ rather than project ‘requirements’.
The new FT will be produced by a small print-focused team working alongside a larger integrated web/day production team.
Really interesting to see what Lionel Barber sees as the difficult bit in making this transition – News, like other businesses, is made of people with other lives.
Giving users zoom controls is probably a short-term win at best as it duplicates the stuff browsers already do pretty well.
“Metro have adapted their CMS to include a “social headline” as well as an SEO one.” Cue thoughts on this promoting shallowness of thought.
I’m working on an intranet / social business platform project and one of the things I’ve been thinking about is how you strike a balance between making stuff easy and encouraging insight (that’s the brief for the project, “build a platform which will enable people to collaborate to develop insight” into various NDA-ed things). A round-up of a nice paper on Designing for Reflection.
The 21st Century will be all about de-optimising (certain things)
When you have un-open standards and monopolies, you always end up in the slightly uncanny.
It’s time for LinkedIn to either improve what they’re doing, or just piss off.
The model of internet users with ‘goals’ travelling through the web on ‘user journeys’ weakens further.
The Poetry Foundation website does the kind of thing I’d probably do if I built a poetry website. Poetry websites seem like one of those things you could use to teach people how to do content strategy and UX in webmeistro school, don’t you think? Like recipes. Or ‘reviews’. They just seem so webby.