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Business Analyst Tip: Put Information Above the Fold

In The Fold Manifesto: Why the Page Fold Still Matters, Amy Schade discusses how important it is to put key information above the fold on a website. In the article, Schade writes: “Screen sizes are constantly shifting and designs can respond to these sizes, rather than fit to a constant size. …

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Business Analyst Guide to Understanding Stakeholders

Recently, I had the honor of speaking at Product Camp Austin. I highlighted a crucial step that I think is often glossed over when setting out to improve products: truly understanding the stakeholders. Even amazing projects can fall flat when they reach users. Identifying our stakeholders and understanding what elicitation …

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Musing on Unmuting a Phone and Design

I cannot be trusted to unmute a phone.  I have a history of hanging up instead of unmuting. I can admit this, because I know I’m not the only one.  When it happens, I blame the phone–the visual cues are all wrong.  The phones that trick me are the ones …

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Ignore tasks, focus on decisions.

We all have our reasons for using a piece of software. Maybe it makes staying in touch easier, maybe it helps organize, or for that matter, make us money, maybe it’s just fun to interact with…whatever those reasons may be, the drive to get things done is not, and cannot …

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UX fun–take the quiz!

I just had some fun, so I thought I would share–the User-Experience Quiz: 2015 UX Year in Review by the Nielsen Norman Group is only 10 questions, and does a nice job of refreshing/checking knowledge on some pertinent usability topics.  Check it out!

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Part II: Usability It’s not just for looks

In Part I we took a high level look at some of the fundamentals of usability (ie. Five components of usability). Now we will be diving a little bit deeper and examining why we should care. Having previously worked on the development of a number of online social media communities …

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Tips for Password Creation

I’ll admit it, passwords are a sore spot with me.  I hate making them up.  I hate remembering them.  One of my criteria for deciding whether or not to get new software is if it is worth another password. Password Creation: 3 Ways To Make It Easier by Katie Sherwin …

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