So I posted this as an update on LinkedIn I got some great responses from people who read their contracts and got a whole load of really negative responses from people who did not understand the statement so I will try again here. I make no legal determination as part of this post, I am simply reporting an actual event. The Background First off this is from several actual experiences, years ago in one instance where a recruiter was found to be in Breach of Contract as the Contractor they supplied held on to client work (not in the public domain) and digitally published itRead More →

Data, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Clients don’t understand their customers, they just think they do! It’s not for the lack of trying or spending millions on developing and building huge data systems, the problems are many but can be traced back to one simple thing; “Data only describes part of the what is happening and almost nothing of the why, let alone what should be done to change the situation” Clients have been sold that data gives them the answers and that big data will close the loop for them to understand the upstream and downstream thinking of their customers, WRONG. Douglas Adams noticed the realRead More →

Thank you to everyone who attended our (Karl Smith and Thom Heslop) talk at SXSW, it’s the start of a long road into a really complex and contextual problem. But being silent in the crowd as the King walks by with no clothes on is not an option, peoples lives, futures and prosperity is at risk, not to mention the risk of multi-trillion dollar lawsuits that can follow by knowingly distracting people who are engaged in critical tasks. The IoT – Internet of Things (Ubiquity) is the next great opportunity for commerce to engage with business enterprises and customers. However, there is no unified approachRead More →

UCD2015 Conference 23rd & 24th October, Deans Mews, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN. We are delighted to confirm… [Keynote] The Joys and Sorrows of the Digital World: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Digital Landscapes Patrick Jordan, Consultant Business Psychologist [Keynote] Intelligence Everywhere: the Rise of Sympathetic Machines Susan Cook, Senior Designer, Native Design Steven Kelly, Electronic Engineer, Native Design [Keynote] Brainstruments – Adventures in Design, Cognition, and Musical Creativity Lee Sankey, Director, Designer, Innovator, Strategist | @leesankey [Keynote] Almost Everything I’ve Learned From 5 Years of Lean UX Jeff Gothelf, Author of Lean UX, Speaker, Organizational Designer | @jboogie Self-Presentation Online Aaron Parker, Senior UX Consultant, Nomensa | @AaronIRLRead More →

I’m looking for my next adventure, it may be an odd way to describe work, but for me I love what I do for a living. Simply I solve complex people, business, product, process and engagement problems, I try to make the world a better place. I also create great jobs for other people and have started the careers of literally hundreds of people, who would otherwise have never got into commerce. I currently looking for roles in digital leadership, start ups, M&A, business change, digital transformation, digital strategy, customer experience for FMCG, Banking, Telco or Government. If you’re an H1b sponsor for the USA pleaseRead More →

Philosophy of UX User experience is about making people’s lives better. A persons experience is based in their mind and their emotions and can be established by both interaction and reflective (upon biographical experience) inputs. In UX we define inputs in digital or real world frameworks which enable the creation of solutions that have meaningful impact. Overview of UX The current approach to UX is that it is the practical implementation of audience drivers, cognitive acuity, usability standards and accessibility laws. And the integration of business context into user context, to facilitate alignment and communication. Definition; A user is a representative of the target audience.Read More →

The UX point of view is we have no point of view, that’s the point of UX (in fact it’s been created that way) any person who can offer a UX point of view (without actual user and business perspective) is not a UX practitioner. I get really concerned when I’m asked for my opinion by people who say they understand user experience, my opinion is of no importance in regard of delivering my clients a system designed to engaged with their target audience. The target audiences and individual users expectations, experience, desires, tasks, objectives, capabilities are of the utmost importance, but to assume IRead More →

Best practice, puting the missing part in a puzzle

User Experience (UX) looks pretty simple can anyone do it? No it’s a skill and knowledge based activity, I look for communicators with formal science qualifications (BSc, MSc or PhD), standards knowledge, creativity and genius level intelligence. Wow you need to be a genius to do User Experience (UX)? Not exactly, but it helps. User Experience is a complex translation process, requirements are tested with users and transformed. These user requirements are then filtered through standards and then transformed again into concepts. The concepts are then transformed into functional and non functional specification (mostly as user stories) which are transformed again into wireframes, annotations andRead More →

Karl Smith works globally with directors, stakeholders and customers of multi-national enterprises across all verticals and technology stacks whose focus is on new concepts and capabilities that drive customer engagement, interaction and retention. He creates digital companies, strategies and services that drive customer centricity into the core of client companies, that in turn enable them to realise their ambitions to engage with and establish a consistent two-way communication and interaction with their customers. These new companies and capabilities are underwritten with tailored blue sky work, digital strategy, management consulting and program planning fitting to tight timescales, strategically correct, fully featured, useable, governable, scalable, efficient, end toRead More →

I have been involved in Agile for a very long time, mainly because it uses methods from the human computer interaction scientific process (CHI/HCI). Agile Networking Group (20,000 members on LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/groups/81065. Signed the Agile Manifesto on 3rd April 2008 (http://agilemanifesto.org/display/000000111.html) Certified member of the Scrum Alliance Certificant ID: 52664 I’m surprise no one else has blogged about the use of CHI/HCI processes in Agile before, but though I should say something as I keep getting told that it’s interesting how many CHI/HCI people have embraced Agile. In fact it’s the other way around we have simply re-appropriated our own techniques that have new Agile names.Read More →

There are lots ways to elicit UCD requirements so I don’t intend on listing them all here, what I will note are some of the effective ways that I utilise. They can be described as structured, unstructured or a mixture of the two, but importantly the methods produce differing depth of requirements dependant not only on the method but on the skill of the facilitator and the characteristics of physical location used. In effect the method used is limited by the capability of the facilitator.Read More →

People focused Capturing requirements is subject to other peoples availability, this remains one of the most painful parts of the process as few participants seem to understand just how important their experience is to the project. Often a participant can shape the final output without realising they have done so, I include a Show and Tell component to requirements research as it informs participants that the information provided is important, has been used and is affecting the whole project. Additionally Show and Tell is critical to validation and creating buy in. I will post more about Show and Tell later. Screening Participants Creating a participantRead More →

It is an understood factor in travel that if the journey starts even half a degree wrong then the final destination will be considerably different from where the person intended to be, this is for many why there is a make do culture when working with technology requirements. Unfortunately bad requirements gathering can seriously derail a project before it really begins.Read More →

User centered design (UCD) is a project approach that puts the intended users (audience) of a product or piece of technology at the centre of its research, design and development. It does this by talking directly to the user at key points in the project to make sure the product or piece of technology will deliver upon their perceived requirements and align the client with their market. The following elements operate in a cycle being repeated until the project’s objectives have been attained. This makes it critical that the participants in these methods accurately reflect the profile of actual consumers. ISO 13407 outlines four essentialRead More →

The following is the first page of a Web Governance document I created and have used with a number of institutions, it’s here to layout one way to tackle this really complex type of project. 1.0    Introduction   1.1 …Background This document is intended to support the decision making process to re-establish xxxxxxxxx Web Presence under best practice Web Governance referencing current xxxxxxxxx business structures.   xxxxxxxxx (the author) has been commissioned as an independent consultant to assist xxxxxxxxx to both capture requirements and interpret these relevant to best Web Governance practice. 1.2     Document Purpose   1.2.1  Summary This Web Governance document is to defineRead More →