12. August 2020No Comments

UX Hiring: The Performance Profile is a Game Changer

Read this article on our blog at articles.uie.com. After all these years, it still amazes me how much a single document can improve the teams we build, and the products and services our teams deliver. That single document is a performance profile and it’s a game changer. ... Read the full article

12. August 2020No Comments

Designing a Design Team

This article describes how the design team at Flexport developed over the last three years. It covers the team’s evolution, roles, meetings, processes, and systems. The team is still relatively small. Most of our learning is ahead of us. ... Read the full article

22. July 2020No Comments

The Framework Design for Better Leadership

Using research and my experiences, the intention of this article is to lay out a new framework for successful leadership. From my experience, leadership is surrounded around the idea of influencing an environment where change can occur. ... Read the full article

22. July 2020No Comments

Be a Pal, My Dudes

Some specific ways men can reduce the impact of gender bias at work and be better coworkers to the non-dudes in the office. ... Read the full article

21. July 2020No Comments

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It

“There’s no team without trust,” says Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. ... Read the full article

9. July 2020No Comments

Time to Kill the Take-Home Design Test

It’s happened again, another designer, another design challenge, another squandered 10 hours. Isn’t it about time we put an end to this useless time-waster? ... Read the full article

19. June 2020No Comments

How Holocracy, Transparency & Feedback Overcome Bad Management

The concept of hierarchy has earned a bit of a bad name in software circles. ... Read the full article

26. January 2020No Comments

How to Recruit More Women to Your Company

Many leaders care about gender diversity — at least they say they do. LinkedIn research shows that 78% of talent professionals say that diversity is a top hiring priority for their company and gender diversity in particular is the number one issue they’re tackling in this area. ... Read the full article

14. January 2020No Comments

The Feedback Fallacy

Managers today are bombarded with calls to give feedback—constantly, directly, and critically. But it turns out that telling people what we think of their performance and how they can do better is not the best way to help them excel and, in fact, can hinder development. ... Read the full article

12. August 2019No Comments

Why Criticism Is Good for Creativity

One of the most popular mantras for innovation is “avoid criticism.” The underlying assumption is that criticism kills the flow of creativity and the enthusiasm of a team. Aversion to criticism has significantly spread in the last 20 years, especially through the advocates of design thinking. ... Read the full article

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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.