Themes for 2015: #HappyHabits & #MVPDesignHacks

mvp machine 3 labeled copyHappy New Year! My blog was down recently due to malware attacks – thanks for your patience with our re-boot.

For me, 2015 is the year of Customer Discovery with Game Design Smarts. I’ll be posting semi-regular summaries of what I’m reading, seeing, & sharing – which will likely involve cooperative gaming, community design, innovation diffusion, early customer discovery, end-to-end UX, and the science of happiness.

Here’s what’s caught my eye so far in 2015.


Be less judgmental. It will make you happier, more powerful, and help others around you.

4 habits that build a positive mindset

Riot rewards League of Legends players for not being jerks

Before you speak, let your words pass through 3 gates: “Is it true?” “Is it necessary?” “Is it kind?”
– Sufi saying via @DeepakChopra @NatalyKogan


‘There is nothing quite so useless as doing w/great efficiency something that should not be done at all

MVPs are great—unless you’re building them to test assumptions that aren’t mission-critical @lauraklein

here’s @claychristensen describing the #JTBD approach

Designing Features Using Job Stories

A dedicated scientist never hesitates to experiment on himself. –Fenton Claypool via @jesseschell

Find the people who’d pay anything to use your unfinished product… because they need it so badly

Here’s @kowitz talking about his personal journey from focusing on beauty to embracing low-fidelity prototyping

#Storytelling: a collection of diagrams, plots and sequences useful for writing great stories.

“The way to tell a great idea is that, when people hear it, they say, ‘Gee, I could have thought of that.'” – Feynman, quoted by Townes via @paulg

Sometimes you can playtest too early. If your loops aren’t functionally complete, players can’t play. Effective feedback matters. @danctheduck

If you’ve never said NO because of your product vision, then you have no product vision ~ @destraynor

How to Create Cooperative Communities: Lessons Learned from Community Architect @AmyJoKim

Our content feed is broken and it has been since 1997 @intercom

#Parenting #Education & #Learning

Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

How to learn from your mistakes deeply insightful post by @berkun

5 Ways To Be A Better Parent thought-provoking list from @jordosh