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Business Analyst Tip: Put Information Above the Fold

In The Fold Manifesto: Why the Page Fold Still Matters, Amy Schade discusses how important it is to put key information above the fold on a website. In the article, Schade writes: “Screen sizes are constantly shifting and designs can respond to these sizes, rather than fit to a constant size. …

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The Platinum Rule– It’s worth checking out

A group of us were talking about varying communication style based on your audience and one of my colleagues related the following story: she depended on a person to provide report mock ups for her user stories. This person was driving her crazy, because she would send a detailed list …

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Multitasking: Really, Don’t Do It

Kristin’s post Multitasking:  Don’t Do It prompted me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while—find the statistic on the percentage of people who actually do effectively multitask. I don’t know if the search gods were friendlier than they were on  my earlier attempts to find it, …

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Musing on Unmuting a Phone and Design

I cannot be trusted to unmute a phone.  I have a history of hanging up instead of unmuting. I can admit this, because I know I’m not the only one.  When it happens, I blame the phone–the visual cues are all wrong.  The phones that trick me are the ones …

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UX fun–take the quiz!

I just had some fun, so I thought I would share–the User-Experience Quiz: 2015 UX Year in Review by the Nielsen Norman Group is only 10 questions, and does a nice job of refreshing/checking knowledge on some pertinent usability topics.  Check it out!

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Perfectionism—Use it Like a Tool

On  an  episode of Well Read, Elizabeth Gilbert makes the interesting case that perfectionism is really fear (starting at 6 minutes, 58 seconds).  She also addresses this in her blog post about avoiding the perfectionism trap, where she states “…I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of …

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RML Model: User Interface Flow

I recently needed to show how the pages of a log-in process interacted.  I started writing a process flow, then switched to a system flow, but in both cases was fighting the model—I wanted to show both what the user was doing and the system decisions.  I also wanted to …

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What Makes a Great Business Partner?

A colleague and I were talking about past projects.  When I mentioned one of my favorites, he was surprised–he thought people found the business partner on that project to be “difficult”.  Not me—she met all my criteria for a great business partner: They know their stuff. They provide you sufficient …

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