Wrong way round

Yesterday morning a cyclist decided to cycle thru one of the roundabouts the wrong way round. During early morning traffic to work. If you’re thinking probably a bicycle courier: This cyclist was a woman in her 30s or 40s.

Nothing happened. No accident followed.

But it still had me shaking my head. Road traffic rules are there for our own safety. A lot can happen at 30km/h. We’re vulnerable. More than we think.

There are enough occasions when we make unintended mistakes. No need to wilfully ignore traffic rules.

(Sorry. Turning into an activist.)

Sicher unterwegs mit dem Velo

Die wichtigsten Fahrrad-Regeln auf einen Blick

Sicher velofahren

WordPress alternatives

I briefly started talking about WordPress alternative with @persillie the other evening.

Downsides of WordPress:

  • It’s slow
  • It’s not easy enough to use for non-techies
  • Adding a shop could be a lot easier

She mentioned Squarespace:

I found two articles with further ideas to explore:

5 Modern WordPress Alternatives to Keep an Eye On

Goodbye WordPress: 2014 Will Be the Year of the Flat-File CMS

Statamic, Craft, Ghost, Kirby, Perch, Jekyll

I looked at Jekyll very briefly some months ago. But I didn’t dig in enough. It’s for techies. I don’t think it will solve the user interaction issues that non-techies have.

BTW, way back in 2009 somebody used WordPress to generate flat files.

I’m looking at HTML5 templates. I played around with some of the designs at HTML5UP last year. I found this site, based on the HTML5 Boilerplate, yesterday.

Secure Email

I’ve signed up for Protonmail.ch:

And I noticed another company called Tutanota:

I think this is a great development. Instead of trying to get people to use PGP… maybe this will catch on.

Try and get an account!

Update, 5 May 2015:
There’s another company in this space called Lavaboom.

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.

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.

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.