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Design Sprints

I went to Chicago Camps UX Camp last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. From the opening keynote right on through to the final session discussing content modeling, the day was packed with information that I can bring back to my freelance work and primary job. It was a full 14 hours of driving and learning that was rather tiring, enlightening, and everything in between.

One particular talk stood out in my mind as one that I need to research, learn, and discuss with my larger team to see if implementing the methods in any sense would work for us.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
Sprint, the book in all its glory.

The talk was, Facilitating Google Design Sprints, given by Zeke Binion:

Making products that customers love is hard. So giving yourself 1 week to do it sounds crazy.

But many companies spend months or years building products only to learn that their customers don’t want it. Google’s Design Sprint solves this problem by focusing a cross-disciplinary team on a clearly defined problem, empowering them to generate many creative ideas, and ensuring they are building the right product by putting a prototype in front of customers in just 5 days.

The 45 minute session was focused primarily on facilitation rather than process, but I am intrigued.

In his talk he discussed Google design sprints, as outlined in Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, and it is a process I am heavily interested in learning.

I have just received my copy of the book, so stay tuned for further process discussions.


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Michigan Election Results 2016

It’s that time again. This particular post comes with a heavy heart. Not because my candidate lost–I don’t generally vote major party–but because of what this election says about those who have voted this candidate into office. Giving in to xenophobia, racism, fear, and hatred is unconscionable.

Some might say I contributed to this by voting for a party other than one of the major parties, but I don’t see a principled selection that way. We are not limited to only two candidates–that isn’t how our system works, and I’m happy for it.


President (National, 270 needed)(Sigh)

Hillary Clinton (D)
47.6% / 218 Electoral Votes
Donald Trump (R)
47.5% / 289 Electoral Votes

President (Michigan, 16 EV)

Hillary Clinton (D)
47.3% / 2,239,745
Donald Trump (R)
47.6% / 2,255,356 Votes
Gary Johnson (L) 3.6%
 
Jill Stein (G) 1.1%
 

House District 6

Paul Clements (D)
28.4%
Fred Upton (R)
67.3%
Lorence Wenke (L) 4.9%
 

79th District State Representative

Marletta Seats (D)
38.4%
Kim LaSata (R)
58.7%
Carl G. Oehling (T) 2.8%
 

Reaction

PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS Hell! Brimstone! Fire! I’m not certain what stage of grief I’ve reached, but it’s certainly not acceptance. I underestimated how much people despised Hillary Clinton. I underestimated how much people would accept a man that looked and acted nothing like a presidential individual–speaks his mind was the refrain.

I do not understand.

Appealing to voters with divisiveness and bigotry, as well as a dislike of what Clinton represents, is not the same as sending a message of solidarity and revolution–which is the message I am receiving from some supporters. It means that people didn’t want the status quo. They want what they see as their way of life back and they think the establishment won’t provide it. I can appreciate that voters felt marginalized by what they see as a ruling class that doesn’t understand or represent them–that much is obvious–but I would not gloat or be happy about the fact that this particular candidate is the face of that movement. Trump winning truly does empower those who would further marginalize minority groups and exposes a deeper hatred than I ever guessed was possible. Even if as President he is nothing like that, he rode that wave into office. That in itself is deplorable and shameful.

I accept that our political system is broken and produces results that ignore a great portion of the population’s wants and desires, but that group is ignoring the realities of life and how the world operates. I am truly ashamed of this result.

Face palm
Seriously guys!?

LEGISLATIVE BODIES This is where all of the action is. This is where I’m mostly confused. People used Trump as a vehicle for change–a vote to protest the political system–but they largely kept their reps and senators. This was a mistake of the largest order. Most of the work is done in the House and Senate, while the President helps to set an agenda for the next four years. In this case, Trump’s own party disliked him. We are unlikely to see the sort of massive change those hoping for his election sought.

My districts were no different, and have been historically Republican for as long as I can remember. I really have no other reactions here. This is a national shame in a way that I don’t think Trump supporters or protest voters fully understand.


Information gathered from CNN Election Results and 2016 Michigan Election Results, accessed on November 9th, 2016.