XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:39:05 -0700 email@addresshere.com Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:39:05 -0700 Captain's Lunch, Engage! http://xblog.xplane.com/captains-lunch-engage/ Captain’s Blog, star date -307557.1   On Thursday, June 11, Spaces Herengracht asked XPLANE to kick-off and host their first “Captain’s Lunch” in Amsterdam. Spaces is a company that offers dynamic working areas for mobile workers, established companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. They organise the “Captain’s Lunch” for all their members to create and grow relationships.   In... What is XPLANE’s Process? Glad You Asked! http://xblog.xplane.com/what-is-xplanes-process-glad-you-asked/ At XPLANE, we use a tried-and-true, five-step process with our clients for our standard deliverables. By standard deliverables, I mean our famous XPLANATiONS (generally an 11” x 17” or A3 print map), presentation decks (usually in PowerPoint or Keynote), or transitional “Did-You-Know”-style animations. For larger, bespoke projects (e.g. board games, learning modules, large format programs with multiple deliverables, etc.)... You Can’t Get People on the Same Page if You Can’t Get Them in the Same Room http://xblog.xplane.com/you-cant-get-people-on-the-same-page-if-you-cant-get-them-in-the-same-room/ In today’s complex, global organizations, it seems impossible to get people in one place at the same time. And yet, given the pace and demands of business today, leaving big decisions to an email thread or a 70-page presentation deck seems nuts.   What are the chances that everyone on a conference call clearly understands a new process or a marketing initiative because they're fully engaged in it rather than checking their email... Investing in Innovation: One Day, Every Month http://xblog.xplane.com/investing-in-innovation--one-day-every-month/ xDay is one full working day per month we set aside from client and company work to focus on individual and organizational innovation that will help us better serve our clients.   This Friday hits our half-year mark with our xDay experiment. June 26 will be our sixth xDay that we’ve dedicated to innovation, learning something new, and improving the way we work. Through all the hours, we've walked... Interview with Dan Biesma, New Vice President of Account Services - Europe http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-dan-biesma-new-vice-president-of-account-services---europe/ Provide a brief overview of your background and experience: I studied business economics (Msc.) at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a major in marketing management. I am an entrepreneurial self-starter with over 17 years of experience in consulting, marketing, communications, and business development with companies like Yellow Pages, Sara Lee/Duyvis, Beiersdorf, FCTB, and Kennedy Communications Global. My areas of expertise include... XPLANE Doodling 101 http://xblog.xplane.com/xplane-doodling-101/ Whether in a seminar with a team of clients or in an internal meeting with a consultant, the XPLANE designers are constantly doodling. We are pros at taking complex ideas and turning them into quick, visual reminders. Taking notes with fast line drawings is a simple way to keep people engaged and ensure complete understanding of the topic. Here are a few quick tricks for illustrating common ideas we often hear in meetings with our... How to Go on Vacation Like a Program Manager http://xblog.xplane.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-like-a-program-manager/ We’re strong believers in work/life balance, and not the kind where you spend 50% of your vacation stressing about work. To make sure projects and to-do’s don’t come along in your suitcase, take an XPLANE program manager approach to vacation prep.   Step 1: Plan Google Sheets are an easy way to create and share a coverage plan with co-workers.   For client projects, we create a grid giving each project its own... Gamestorming User Experience—Because You Can http://xblog.xplane.com/gamestorming-user-experience—because-you-can-/ User Experience at XPLANE is based upon two fundamental beliefs: First, we believe in expanding the definition of users. Often, in our client work, this means expanding users to include the most critical asset in your organization, your employees. Second, we believe that making real change to benefit users is infinitely possible with the right story.   We took ourselves to task on both fronts with this quarter’s VTS (Visual... Unicorn Hunting: How I Spot the Right Candidate in a Sea of Donkeys http://xblog.xplane.com/unicorn-hunting--how-i-spot-the-right-candidate-in-a-sea-of-donkeys/ I have seen a lot of disasters when it comes to interviews. I have had candidates cry; I have had them tell me about strange medical oddities; I have even had a candidate so stoned that he started nodding off during a question.   These moments are kind of what you live for in HR. You are not personally invested in the person like you would be with an employee… and the incident will likely be fodder for many blog posts for years to... XPLANE Designers Take Over Show & Tell at Portland State University http://xblog.xplane.com/xplane-designers-take-over-show-tell-at-portland-state-university/ On Thursday, May 21, our Associate Creative Director Tim May and Designer Jeffery Frankenhauser teamed up with Portland State University’s Graphic Design program to do a little Show & Tell. At the School of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, our two designers presented to a room of 30+ design students, professors, and guests. Tim and Jeffery spent the lunch hour talking about their lives before and at XPLANE, sharing some...