If this is meant to be the business case for interaction design, it's a pretty sad business case. The ideas are good, but they way it's put is frustra...moreIf this is meant to be the business case for interaction design, it's a pretty sad business case. The ideas are good, but they way it's put is frustrating.
There's some useful material in this book, but it's hard to dig out in the constant noise of Mr Cooper's whining. You could easily scan the first 120 pages, then read about half of the chapters on persona and goals, and you'd have it.
I am left with the taste of BUFD in my mouth too. That may be a misunderstanding, but it seems that we need to have a big interaction design to get it all right, right from the beginning. This is not something I like the idea of.
Yes, interaction design should be handled by pro's. Thanks Alan.
A book to borrow, quickly scan through, then return.(less)
Written in the early 60's this book deals with some of the issues of the civil rights movement, centring on the accusation of murder of an anglo-ameri...moreWritten in the early 60's this book deals with some of the issues of the civil rights movement, centring on the accusation of murder of an anglo-american by an african-american. Some of the language is striking when read today (though not as striking as "Too Many Cooks" - which this book is connected to) but was the language of the time so it makes a nice piece of history.
The characters are the same, and story is no radical departure from any other Wolfe book. What I appreciate in Stout was that he wrote well and in his own style. Nowadays he would have been expected to write longer and longer stories, which would force a change (like the dross Asimov pumped out) but 2-300 pages was his limit, and what he wrote worked well in this length.(less)
A good book with clear ideas that are well presented.
The over all human-focus to the techniques is excellent and very relevant for managing in a coll...moreA good book with clear ideas that are well presented.
The over all human-focus to the techniques is excellent and very relevant for managing in a collaborative workplace. There are techniques for coaching, delegating, prioritising and planning, giving feedback, facilitation and oodles of others. The descriptions of the techniques are short but the brevity of lessons does not reflect a lack of usefulness, rather a deep understanding and distillation of the essentials.
The book has a story as well as factual advice. Having the story can give the reader a greater understanding of the application of the techniques, as well as taking the lessons out the fact/instructional education mindset and making the lessons more humanly applicable - it is a book about dealing with other humans. Unfortunately the dialogue is contrived (ok, as it's fictional it must be), and Sam is a some kind of omniscient super-manager who always has the right answer, rather than a real person dealing with the complexity of dealing with people. It was ok, but not great.
Having the Techniques section at the end is fantastic, this shows great respect for the people who will use this book saving them from trawling through the pages looking for these handy tidbits.
Despite the the story line I think it's well worth the read, and I should have pulled it off the shelf much earlier than I did.