web development

Making progress when corporate politics are strong.

Great ideas often fail.

When you’re working for a large corporation, that notion might be very familiar. It’s often hard to push through your ideas, to implement real change, to transform the organization for the better.

For every yes, there are a dozen no’s, for every win, there’s a dozen losses.

I’ve come to understand over the years, the only real way to make transformative change at a large corporation where politics run deep is to be willing to make compromises and to give up your ideas to someone else, someone who can implement them.

Making Compromises

Sometimes we have a vision for a product. To you, that vision might be a no-brainer, a clear path forward, a path that has crazy ROI in the long run.

Most of us have a tendency to take the all or nothing way. If my idea can’t be implemented, it’s a loss. If only we could shift our attitudes towards compromise, we could win so much.

The thought of compromising away 3/4 of your idea, meeting somewhere not-so-in-the-middle might seem disappointing, but it’s a way to make progress. If you have an idea and there is opposition and friction, be willing to accept losses and move on with whatever wins you can extract from that idea. 1/4 of a great idea is better than 0/4 of that great idea.

Giving Up Your Ideas

Sometimes a great idea in your hands might not be actionable, but if it’s pitched to someone in a higher position of authority, or someone in the spotlight, it might go a long way. Having the willingness to pitch your idea to the right set of people, and letting them take credit for the win is crucial in some circumstances when making compromises is simply not enough.

The Value of Implementing A/B Tests Quickly and Why Sometimes No Design Process is the Best Design Process

UX design process is often preached as the best way to design the think that suits the customer needs best. Which such process might be highly effective in some cases, it cannot be applied as a one-size-fits-all solution. Teams tasked with solving problems quickly and creatively, should bypass formal UX process for sake of delivering into market quickly, failing fast, and learning from the experiments. 

Liberty Mutual Responsive eSales App Design Analysis

New this week, Liberty Mutual's responsive policy quoting and bind website (currently available for Renters insurance on mobile devices 9" and smaller) boasts a clean and modern design, heavy reliance on native HTML5 functionality and a streamlined interview process. 

Now that this application is public, I've decided to post a short design analysis outlining key new features behind the new application, which has been designed with the customer in mind from the first page, to the last. 

Understanding CSS clip-path

Understanding CSS clip-path

The world of CSS just keeps getting better as new specs are introduced and eventually adopted by major browsers. One of those exciting specs is CSS Masking. While not fully supported across the major browser line up, it’s an interesting addition that’s generating a lot of attention. One absolutely outstanding example of what can be achieved with css masking is a project by Bryan James - Species in Pieces that showcases a collection of endangered species, made and animated using clip-path. 

Defined in the CSS Masking Module Level 1 spec, CSS masking provides two ways to hide sections of full images or objects: masking and clipping. Masking allows the use of another element to create a luminance or an alpha mask. Clipping simply provides a mechanism to only show a certain section of an object. Think of it as taking scissors and cutting a part of a piece of paper into a shape you want. 

In this post, I want to explore specifically the clip-path property and show a quick example of what can be achieved by it. 

Why I Cheated on WordPress with SquareSpace and Stayed

Why I Cheated on WordPress with SquareSpace and Stayed

Sorry WordPress, our 4-year relationship has come to an end. I was really excited about you when we first met, you were the ultimate answer to my website needs. But I have changed, and so have you. Actually, you haven’t really changed, and that’s the problem. After 4 years with WordPress, I’ve decided to take my blog where the grass is greener. 

Just a couple months ago, I could not see myself using SquareSpace. The lack of control and the amateur factor have always deterred me from even considering SquareSpace. 

So why did I decide to explore SquareSpace as a replacement to my self-hosted WordPress blog?

So we tried Slack. And failed.

So we tried Slack. And failed.

In my group, we use Outlook and Lync as our main forms of communication. The traditional, brick and mortar means of communication in the corporate workplace. Introduction of Lync a few years ago reduced the volume of email. After all, there’s no need to send an email to ask someone “Hey, did you deliver your changes yet?”. What Lync didn’t solve, and was never really meant to solve, is the ease of finding relevant information in a pool of hundreds of messages that end up in your inbox every day. 

Corporate email is broken, and most people know that, yet monolithic companies are slow to change. So here we are, in 2015, still sorting through piles of useless email. 

Enter Slack.