User & Product Researcher
Speaker & Educator
Writer & Editor
This is all a work in progress
Capture the Context
For the Optimal Workshop blog
On the Optimal Workshop blog, I explain that there’s so much more to interviews than asking and answering in Capture the Context. Stories convey so much. The best stories contain...
The Parts Bin
A way of cataloging ideas & inputs
Sometimes you propose something to your colleagues, but it’s not met with much enthusiasm. Sometimes a good design isn’t quite good enough. And sometimes a great idea works well on...
My go-to books & articles
I’m often asked my favorite research resources, so I’ve put together a very brief list of go-to books and articles. These are suitable for researchers, designers, or product managers of...
Before You Even Open Your Mouth
For Optimal Workshop
For Optimal Workshop’s ebook How to conduct great user interviews I contributed a chapter on reading the wider environment around your research focus. The sights and sounds you capture add...
Listening is hard. It takes effort, patience, and practice. All at once, you’re taking in a narrative, providing cues that you’re engaged (nodding, saying “um-hmm”), analyzing what’s taking place, mulling...