XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Tue, 26 May 2015 18:29:51 -0700 email@addresshere.com Tue, 26 May 2015 18:29:51 -0700 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... 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... Interview with Nina Narelle, New Consultant http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-nina-narelle-new-consultant/ Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. I have over 15 years of experience in curriculum development, facilitation, training, systems thinking, and strategy. I am passionate about guiding organizations to identify behaviors that limit success (such as dysfunctional patterns and stagnation) and figure out what is working for them. I have worked successfully with a range of mission driven organizations and leaders from... Five Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job: Debunked http://xblog.xplane.com/five-reasons-why-you-didnt-get-the-job--debunked/ Being in HR is one of those jobs; like being in the medical profession, you end up answering a lot of people’s personal questions at dinner parties. Instead of “Does this look infected?” I get a lot of “Can I get fired for that?” along with “Is what my boss did against the law?” or “Should I ask for a raise?”   But the question I get most often is, “Why didn’t I get the... How to Get Past Just Telling People to Change Their Behavior http://xblog.xplane.com/how-to-get-past-just-telling-people-to-change-their-behavior/ Organizations spend millions designing a new vision or strategy or creating a process improvement plan. Then executives send out an email or hold a Townhall and expect to see results.   It rarely works and often backfires.   Stop telling them. Show them the behaviors you seek; ask them to help design the solutions; and set them up for success. Follow these four steps to accelerate change:   1. Show Them Employees will... A Simple and Powerful Tool for Building Your Change Activation Plan http://xblog.xplane.com/a-simple-and-powerful-tool-for-building-your-change-activation-plan/ Change is constant. Change is everywhere. Change, change, change. We all hear about it; we feel it everyday at work and in our personal lives. The noise is deafening: "We're transforming the landscape of our industry as we know it!" "The change we're bringing to the marketplace will drive our growth forward!" "Our process for innovation is groundbreaking and transcending!"   Is there a word... Designing for Simple is Way Too Confusing http://xblog.xplane.com/designing-for-simple-is-way-too-confusing/ “Keep it simple.” This common principle of design drove our creative team into a debate last week.   What does simple mean? Does everything we design really need to be simple? Or does it just need to be clear? And what is the difference between simple and clear? This idea of “simple” was an important design principle to follow, but on its own it can lead designers in the wrong direction.   Information design... Focus on User-centered Design; It’s Not About the Title or The Org Chart http://xblog.xplane.com/focus-on-user-centered-design--its-not-about-the-title-or-the-org-chart/ In the wake of some high-profile departures of communications leaders, PR Week asks whether communications and marketing should be separate or combined.  That question misses the point.  What consumer and employees want is an authentic conversation on their terms.   The communications executives quoted in the article rightly point out that the role for the head of communications has changed with so many new expectations and...