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  1. The Top 5 Books About Form Design

    Good Questions

    Asking and answering users' questions

    A column by Caroline Jarrett
    December 20, 2010

    It’s December, and we’re coming up to the gift-giving season. In case you want to put something professionally relevant on your wish list—or, perhaps more realistically, in case you haven’t yet spent your 2010 book-buying budget—I’m going to devote this column to books. Specifically, books on form design.

    I admit that I am coauthor of one of them, but I’m going to try to be as objective as possible. If you’re a forms geek, you’ll want all of them. Not a forms geek? Read on, and I’ll try to help you pick out the ones that are most relevant to you. Read More

  2. Book Review: User Story Mapping

    April 10, 2017

    User Story Mapping CoverAuthor: Jeff Patton, with Peter Economy

    Publisher: O’Reilly Media

    Publication date: September 2014

    Formats: Paperback, ebook, and Safari Books Online. 324 pages in print.

    Print ISBN: 978-1-4919-0490-9 and 10:1-4919-0490-9

    Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4919-0485-5 and 10:1-4919-0485-2

    List Price: Paperback, $34.99; ebook, $29.99


    If you are or soon will be working in an agile development environment, User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product, by Jeff Patton is a must read for you. This book details story-mapping techniques and explains why they are important for teams that create products to meet user needs. According to Patton, user story mapping is not about creating set of written requirements, but a way of thinking. Telling stories through words and pictures builds understanding and helps solve problems for organizations, customers, and users.

    The most important job we have is to focus on the outcome and the impact of the products we are creating. Taking a slightly philosophical view of the importance of project outcomes, Patton writes, “The truth is, your job is to change the world.” Read More

  3. Book Review: UX for Beginners: A Crash Course in 100 Short Lessons

    Innovating UX Practice

    Inspirations from software engineering

    A column by Peter Hornsby
    February 22, 2016

    UX for Beginners CoverEvery so often, I’m asked if I can recommend a book on learning User Experience, and I generally struggle to find an appropriate answer. It’s not that there aren’t any good books out there. It’s more that learning User Experience—as with most things—is something better done through practice, working on something that is as close to a real problem as possible. (Sure, no one wants to mess up on a big corporate project in the name of personal development. But frankly, if you’re the person trying to make things better, and you can persuade people to let you do it, all power to you.)

    If I were able to go back to being my younger self, one of the pieces of advice I’d give myself—in addition to buy Apple stock and round glasses really don’t suit you—would be to read less and do more. While reading to learn a new skill is good, reading in the absence of simultaneous, practical learning activities to put what you’ve read into practice is pretty much wasted effort. At its worst, reading gives the illusion of progress because the reader vicariously shares the author’s successes. Read More

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