This is day 15 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed any of the earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list below. Resources, notes, and links to recap the 15-day series on inclusive design, where I shared what I'm learning about inclusive design with you. I … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 15/15: Links, Resources, Voices, and Stories
This is day 14 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed any of the earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. Inclusive and diverse teams make better, stronger teams — and these teams make better decisions. Because our work and thought patterns are influenced by our … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 14/15: Diverse Teams Make Better Decisions
This is day 13 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed any of the earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. Bandwidth is a Precious Resource Speed and connectivity should be considered be a major factor in exclusion. Just ride the BART in San Francisco. 😀 … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 13/15: Mind the Mobile, Design for Low Bandwidth
Yet another way to contribute! Remember this 20-piece WordPress contribution chart with the tester Easter Egg? Even though testing is growing stronger in WordPress core with each release, it's still mostly manual — usability, visual regression, accessibility, and beta testing with real sites before launch. Now the tide is turning a bit more toward automation. I'm beyond thrilled … Continue reading Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes
Because the goal of commercial software development isn’t to create code you love—it’s to create products your customers will love. Recent efforts with my team at Automattic to improve the WordPress.com experience — and understand our customers better through "exposure hours" — reminded me of this classic software development essay from 2013 (via Andrew).
Penny Allen, quality lead for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) inspired me with her keynote at PNSQC as she described six key traits of a technologist. Curiosity beyond "what does it do?" Inventive problem solver Self-driven learner Coherent communicator Open-minded but practical Adept at finding the signal in the noise View the full video of her talk: Quality Engineering … Continue reading Penny Allen on Key Traits of Technologists
I highly enjoyed Kai Ryssdal's conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on NPR's "Corner Office from Marketplace" podcast. https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/27/world/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-hits-refresh/popout On Microsoft's mission in the world (hint: it's not "a computer in every home and on every desk," which is a goal, not a purpose) [22:33]: We want to democratize the use of technology to create more technology. [Interviewer, … Continue reading (Listen) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh
For most of July and August 2017 I’ve used an iPad Pro as my primary work computer. Here are my thoughts as I wrap up the experiment. I chose a 9.7-inch iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Why do this? Two reasons. First, as an empathy challenge to look for quality issues … Continue reading iPad Pro as Primary Work Computer
If you're on the East Coast and love WordPress, here's a great chance to catch my Automattic colleague Scott Stancil speaking live about our work on Flow Patrol for WordPress.com — this Friday July 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM Eastern. Details on the WordCamp DC 2017 website. Learn more about what "flow patrol" is here on Make WordPress testing.
Via design.org: The UX Design Success Ladder: Achieving Meaningful Product Design. Product success envisioned as rungs of a ladder, that you climb up from the bottom: functional, usable, comfortable, delightful, meaningful. I first heard this concept last year at WordCamp Phoenix in a presentation by Ward Andrews; the article showcase examples of products or services at each level. Takeaway … Continue reading Design Success Ladder: Meaningful Products