User Stories Are All About Verbs

User stories can be a very useful tool for articulating the user’s perspective and intentions. They help us understand how the users encounter their problems, as well as how a potential solution may solve them. The core of a user story is action. What users do. Verbs. Lots of them. A user story is a…

The Chain of Clarification and the Wall of Clarity

‘What do you mean by that?’ Scott Berkun’s post, The Best Definition of Innovation, points out a very important issue about how we solve business problems: The best thing is ask anyone who uses the word innovation is: What do you mean when you say that? Even in what he regards as the best definition…

Like Ten Years

LIKE TEN YEARS (A Love Song Unsung with The Words of Brett Anderson) By Kakuji Funegata Like kids Like refugees Like a thousand you-and-mes Like friendships And well-done fish and chips Like trash And chemistries Like dog man stars Like we’re he-and-shes Like ten years of hit and miss Like fools And tools Like winter…

What Your Manager Expect From You

I’m your manager. And one day I tell you, I have this idea blah blah blah, could you work on it. You tell me sure I will. My idea is half-baked. There are no clear path to approach the task. Everything is kind of vague and uncertain. What do I expect from you? First, there…

The Sillygun Belly Tales: An Ongoing Tweeries

The Sillygun Belly Tales, my new tweeries, has debuted a long time ago, as long as last week. A parody of the startup culture and the venture capitalist extremism, the tweeries elaborates on the meanings and impacts of various topics And, of course, the name Sillygun Belly is not a parody of the (in)famous Silicon…

Reinventing Procrastination

Tweets about procrastination, among chicken soup ones about life/work/love/sex, always get retweeted, which makes sense — it’s challenging not to procrastinate. Or is it? Introducing Crastinaton, a brand new way to help you procrastinate properly! Through our innovative Crastinaton app, you get all the guidance and help you need to procrastinate in an optimal and…

The Myth of Good Designers

ABSTRACT There’s a ridiculous myth about good designers: they can deliver higher quality work faster. That’s simply NOT true when it comes to design. This post originated from a discussion between a friend and me about designers and the “design field scene” in China. I wonder whether the same or similar issue exists in all…

EIGHTEEN WILD FLOWERS (FOR MAL)

EIGHTEEN WILD FLOWERS (FOR MAL) by Fanz Hugo When our precious love has come to eighteen Like another Alice in Wonderland I’m constantly amazed through what I’ve been Which makes my heart singing like a rock band Thy fragrant love does be a wild flower Who stirs up my heartbeats like no other My life’s…