Surviving the Microsoft Interview

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Surviving the Microsoft Interview

Microsoft’s corporate interview process involves the use of logic puzzles to figure out how you think. It’s intended to be like the Kobayashi Maru test, but with cheap index cards instead of billion-credit battle simulators. The Microsoft method, unlike the Starfleet version, is very easy to hack. In my first round of interviews for a… Read more »

The Job As It Is Written

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From my inbox: Job Description The this program is a transformational, strategic supply digitization initiative at , binding software to hardware in an effort to reduce friction in ‘s product key supply chain and reduce piracy on an upcoming release of one of ‘s major revenue drivers. Problem Uno Some — in fact, MOST —… Read more »

Brainstorming a Business Strategy

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The first phase of any serious design project has to be a serious brainstorming session. If you don’t understand the problem space before you start, you might as well hand off the project to an evolutionary algorithm. Of course, that could take years and cost thousands of lives. My favorite way to get a handle… Read more »

Anti-Strategies: Mistaking SKUs for Products

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One of the worst mistakes any company can make is fracturing their product line in the vain hope of attracting and capturing new audience segments. Doing so almost inevitably causes both the company and the company’s customers to lose sight of the company’s strengths. One of the ways you can fracture a product line is… Read more »

Haptic Wayfinding

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Back in 2008, I was following Rachel Hinman’s grand mobile design experiment, 90 Mobiles in 90 Days [images also available on Rachel's Flickr page]. One of her designs involving waving a mobile phone back and forth like a radio tracking device, with the phone signaling when it was pointing along the azimuth to the desired… Read more »

#MyUXJobSearch

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For the past four years, I’ve worn several hats within the Seattle branch of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies (henceforth to be known as $theAgency). My responsibilities covered, in a sort of probabilistic smear, software test engineer (web & mobile), information architect, web analyst, website architect, usability maven (human factors), and content strategist…. Read more »