Posts by natasha

The shortcomings of agile methods that user-centered design addresses

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Product Development

User-centered design (UCD) addresses specific methods around understanding the needs of the user e.g. how they do their current job, the problems they have with their workflow etc. Agile in general does not address these areas. Here is a list of some of these… Separation of Design from Engineering What is the scope of the system? Agile is about the clear separation of responsibility in the development process The developers create code and design the implementations of the system This is it’s strength The weakness is “what should be done?” i.e. what problem is being solved, what tasks will...

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Social Media and Apps – Essential tools to finding your dream job

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Guest speaking

In a few months students at Algonquin College will be done with their courses and final exams. They will finally be out there in the real world and if all goes well they will have their dream job. The reality is not so rosy and for every job posted there are a few hundred equally talented individuals looking for the same job. The trick is to get out there and be noticed. I will be speaking about how to leverage social media and apps to do just this. I will be speaking about Personal Branding Creating & Building Your Network Research Opportunities Prepare For The Interview Be...

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Where do I find open source software?

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Product Development

There are thousands of open source projects globally and a good place to find them is via  Source Forge Here are a few that peaked my interest. The RoboCup Soccer Simulator – The RoboCup Soccer Simulator is a research and educational tool for multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. It enables for two teams of 11 simulated autonomous robotic players to play soccer (football). Brain workshop – Brain Workshop is a Python implementation of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. This exercise is the only mental activity that has been scientifically shown to improve your short-term...

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Creative Commons Explained

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Analysis

Creative Commons Explained

    Creative Commons is something that I talk about at a high level when I deliver social media training. Here is the long version of this story. Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) This license is the most restrictive, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising” license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.     Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) This license...

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Happy St. Patricks Day

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Creative marketing, Data visualization, Mobile

Tis the day to indulge in that green beer and good ol Irish cheer. So what if you are not into green beer but a total web 2.0 geek. Well you are in luck as there are many ways to celebrate. Here’s the scoop…. Back in 2008 here’s what Google Maps did to celebrate.. Google did not feel like celebrating today : ( Design for global learning conference. Some iPhone and iPad apps e.g. Lucktricity and Leprechaun Beer Pong Of course a survey via social networks, see results. There must be more, what have I...

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