To Err Is Human – So Test your Error Conditions

Humans are going to use your app, and they are not going to get everything right every time. If and when they make a mistake, how does your app cope? This can be a fertile ground for testers looking for issues, as often the Happy Path case is written first and assumes everything is good, and then the conditions to catch and deal with exceptions are added onto this. Read more on To Err Is Human – So Test your Error Conditions…

Software Feature Prioritization – Pruning the Product Tree

You’re about to launch the MVP of your product—but in the background, there’s a never-ending stream of feature requests from stakeholders who have waited months (if not longer) for their idea to reach the top of the list. Where do you begin to prioritize these requests and foster shared ownership of the outcomes? Read more on Software Feature Prioritization – Pruning the Product Tree…

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 9 – Rose, Bud, Thorn

Welcome to our series on Design Thinking methods and activities. You’ll find a full list of posts in this series at the end of the page.

Rose, Bud, Thorn may be the most commonly used Design Thinking activity at Atomic due to its versatility and ease of use. Read more on Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 9 – Rose, Bud, Thorn…

The Untapped Value of Play in Design

I was listening to a Hidden Brain episode in which the host, Shankar Vedantam, and psychology professor Alison Gopnik discuss the idea of play as a tool for children to learn. In this episode, they don’t describe “play” the way that you, I, and even the Merriam-Webster dictionary do; rather, they describe it as “…trying out lots and lots of different options and get a lot of information about how the [world] works.” Read more on The Untapped Value of Play in Design…

The Case for Starting Your Project with an Ecosystem Map

At the start of every software project, we spend a few intensive days gathering information about the client, their business, and what they want to build. We have a toolkit of exercises to choose from when we’re planning a customized kickoff. One that always starts us off on the right foot is the Ecosystem Map.

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