A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation about how teams successfully scale. One of the approaches I’m a strong proponent of is principles. Principles are a guiding light that describe what’s important to you and crucially, help you make decisions.
As an industry, people who develop software and online services have taken great leaps over recent years in developing attractive, usable products. But there can still be a reluctance to test things early and often with users – especially if you’re developing for internal or enterprise users.
Avecto has an illustrious history of providing enterprises with control at the same time as ensuring user freedom. By enabling organizations around the world to remove admin rights and put in place realistic application whitelisting, we raise the security bar while helping people achieve compliance and reduce operational costs.
It’s often said that you can either have security or you can have usability, but you can’t have both. Before I worked for a security company I believed this accepted wisdom without question – security was going to be something frustrating and annoying that would get added to my design at some point.
Chris Collingridge explores the responsibility that UX designers have to understand the larger contexts in which their work exists, and why they should empathise with those they work with.
All around the world – across industries, technologies, and in organisations of every size — user experience has never been more prominent. There are more people working in the field, more resources dedicated to understanding humans and designing for them, and more focus on how products and services are making people feel.
Somewhere, in most organizations’ bug-tracking system, there’s a dark corner. It’s a place where – at best – people go to have an opinionated argument. At worst, it’s a place that bugs go to die. It’s the usability bug receptacle.
A few weeks ago, I happened to listen to a radio programme on how punctuation came to exist. This remarkably interesting half hour revealed to me how something that we now see as finished, complete, and solid is in fact the result of invention, evolution, and technical advance.
If you were listening to popular music in the mid-90s, you doubtless remember “Stay” by Lisa Loeb. I don’t know if the person who told her that she “only hears what she wants to” was a cognitive psychologist, but there was certainly truth in that remark – not just for Lisa, but for all of us.
Sometimes when you’re involved in developing software, a developer offers you a feature or an option “for free”. Most typically, this is part of a framework, plugin, or library that offers this functionality anyway: they view it as easier to leave in than to take out.