The latest DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast has a great discussion from Julie Zhou, VP of Product Design at Facebook, about creating great solutions to problems. You need to define the problem well! 

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Describing the problem - human terms

Following nicely from my post last week, What is your problem?, the latest DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast has a great discussion about creating great solutions to problems. You need to define the problem well! How a Facebook Designer Thinks

Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, describes how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved...

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Success example with Throughput Accounting

Shabby chic faded grandeur French settee

Steve Holcomb has an article on LinkedIn that describes a nice success story in using the TOC measures of Throughput, Investment, and Operating Expense to guide decision making and bring a company back to profitability. Theory of Constraints: “Throughput Accounting” Gives Company Their First Profitable Year Since 2008! He covers the basics of the concept and then decribes at a high level what they did to bring the company back from the brink.

I've used this in similar ways. A small furniture...

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What is your problem?

Let's see if these sound familiar in finishing the statement, "Our problem is ..."

... we don't have a ABC (software system, internal organization, capability).
... we are using antiquated XYZ (equipment, processes, ...).
... our efficiencies (or other metric) are too low.

These are some form of a problem stated as a "lack of a solution". The obvious solution is to buy/implement an ABC or pay to replace your XYZ. How many projects in businesses today are focused on building / implementing...

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Search or Find or Recall?

One Ring - by Xander - own work, Public Domain

One Ring - by Xander - own work, Public Domain

Atlas Recall is a tool to help knowledge workers stop hunting for "that thing" and simply recall it. Is it the one thing we all need? Will it bind everything together? Does it rule?

Knowledge workers are always collecting, gathering, searching and researching, remembering, connecting, combining, synthesizing, ... And for most of us, it is all supported and mediated by the devices we have at hand. So, wouldn't it...

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Working according to Boston Globe

Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine section had a feature on "best places to work" and many smaller articles on the modern workplace. I thought a few of these had bearing on knowledge workers.

Taming the Meeting discusses some of the efforts companies are taking to make their meetings better. Mostly this talks about cutting down the number of meetings or the meeting duration, which is a fine goal. I liked the idea of having shorter, focused meetings - the idea of standing or walking meetings was...

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