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fun

Jog log: Early bird

Achievement of the week. I managed to go running twice this week – in the morning before work.

It’s cold and dark. Getting outside and getting started is the challenge.

Running is fun. And overcoming my inner pig dog (only Germans have this) is even better.

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General

Autumn storm

The first autumn storm has made it to Basel. Strong wind. Cold air. Rain.

A great opportunity to post old Flickr photos related to autumn.

herbst 008

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internet tech writing

Card sorting

For future reference.

I just quickly wanted to post a useful background link on card sorting that I found today on Smashing Magazine.

Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

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basel Photos

Handheld snapshot of Wettstein Bridge

I quite like this snapshot of Wettstein Bridge.

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basel Photos

Four Flickr faves for a Chiperoni.ch snapshot

I took this snapshot on Friday evening on my way home from work:

Since then it’s received four Flickr faves.

Hope you like it.

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tech

UX and Scrum

For future reference:

UX Oxford: Roman Pichler on “UX and Scrum: How do UX and Scrum fit together?” from Oxford Computer Consultants on Vimeo.

Via UX and Scrum.

It’s good to see some discussion of this topic.

It’s a challenging topic. Especially if you have a distributed team with team members in different geographic areas and time zones.

If you prepare designs too far in advance, there’s a high probability that the feature will evolve and change. The designs you make are outdated by the time the developers get there. And all you’re doing is creating waste.

If you’re designing too close to a sprint (e.g. in the week before it will be implemented), there is a high risk that the designer and UX questions show what’s missing in the user story. This starts discussions with the product owner and other stakeholders. In my experience, it’s the wireframes and the screens that trigger more and deeper responses and discussions from product owners and project leaders, compared to their own written business requirements.

In general, the UX discussion gets very difficult if there is not enough information on the end-user and how they will use the app; no direct access to real clients for questions and surveys.

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internet tech

HTML5 link re-surfaces

It’s fun when a fave re-surfaces an old tweet of yours about an HTML5 template.

HTML5 projects:
I’m currently working on building a small website based on a template by HTML5 Up. Progress is somewhat slow.

Before I tried Aerial. And Parallelism.

HTML5Bones looks useful.

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General

On creating networking opportunities

Here’s a useful link if you’re a shy introvert.

Click-bait heading. With a heading like that, it’s bound to get some clicks.

I’ve tried some of the tips mentioned in the article. Sometimes they’ve backfired. Especially, if the other person is shy, or answers all of your conversation openers with a monosyllable.

Related links:

Networking for introverts

Personal Branding for Introverts

The power of introverts

Quora

Learnings:

My networking abilities depend on the format of the event. Some events are more difficult and closed. If you’re planning an event, think about how to encourage networking and interaction.

Creating and hosting my own event or speaking at an event has been a good way to network for me. When you’re the organizer, the host or the speaker, the networking part is different. People come up to you with questions, or you specifically need to follow up with them. Speaking in public about topics that I am passionate about has helped me a lot.

Listening carefully is important. You can do more research and then follow up at a later stage.

Doing something together, e.g. going on a photo-walk, or building a website, or going jogging together is an easier way to get to know someone. I have a common social object to talk about which makes interaction a lot easier. And in the meantime, I can discover if there’s more common ground.

Be yourself. Don’t worry if you fail at networking today. Learn from mistakes. Don’t give up. There will be better events ahead.

Maybe one solution is to avoid the term networking. I like this answer on Quora:

You don’t “network”, you meet people. Get out of the results-oriented mindset and enjoy the conversations.

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General

About myths and legends

For future reference

Recommended reading – The Myth of Google’s 200 Ranking Factors.

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General

A quote to keep

This is how much time you have to get your message across:

imagine you are standing on the pavement and your audience is about to cycle past you. That is the amount of time you have to get their attention.

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General

10 years WordPress

On 6 September 2004, I posted my very first entry on this site.

Many thanks to my 5 regular readers for being so faithful. You rock!

Big thank you to the WordPress community and Automattic for keeping WordPress.org open source and free. More than ever we need independent and free web publishing software.