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Non-removable Apple Batteries. Why? | by Sander Nizni

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

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Introduction: Permanent vs. Removable Batteries

Laptop batteriesIs usability of portable devices better when their batteries can be removed on the fly? Definitely. But there are many schools of thought on this topic – both regarding Apple’s products specifically and regarding product strategy in general. There are five reasons device manufacturers do this, and there are three why they shouldn’t. But this is not a typical numbers game: I feel in this case 3>5. Let’s explore the pros and the cons of device usability in the context of fixed – or permanent – batteries in portable devices.

Before you go… LinkedIn.com has a bug!

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: July 29, 2016

Public LinkedIn Profiles May Not Display Correctly!

LinkedIn.com has had an unintended code regression today (a ticket is now open): it can cause a public profile URL to look dead Lens – e.g.,”Page not found.” This bug is inconsistent but may affect all browsers, with FireFox users suffering the most (both mobile and desktop). There is no code override for this bug, but there is a quick fix:

Starbucks to Sell Burgers? A Fun Point-of-Sale CX View.

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Outreach, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: January 22, 2016 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Starbucks CX Point-of-Sale Blooper: Intro

Brown Starbucks Truck with door open: Customer Experience - Usability of Starbucks Point-of-Sale SystemsEven if you are not in love with Starbucks coffee or with its customer experience model, chances are that you go to Starbucks every now and then – to use the free internet, to buy a bottle of water, or just because your friends decided to meet there before going to a concert. What can go wrong at a Starbucks in terms of customer experience? Or for that matter, how could you improve Starbucks point-of-sale systems to improve its overall CX? The problem at hand is this: it is odd that every time you order a frozen Starbucks item such as a sandwich or a wrap or quiche, the main way to find out if what you want is in stock is to get the clerk to yell across the room to ask someone else or to leave the register, walk over to the refrigerator, open the door, let some warm air inside, dig through several shelves of items to see if your item is physically present and, finally, come back and complete the order. Funny?! How does this affect Starbucks customer experience? And how will Startbucks need to change this if it is serious about selling you a great lunch or dinner? And for that matter, is Starbucks really competing with Mickey D’s for your burger dollars? And, CX aside, can we financially justify making tweaks to Starbucks point-of-sale systems to improve inventory tracking? Let’s talk about these fun things.

Wireframes vs Prototypes: What’s the Difference?

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: December 13, 2015 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Introduction: Wireframing and Prototyping

wireframes-vs-prototypesWireframes and prototypes – as well as software used for wireframing and prototyping – make the process of creating an app, a website or any software or hardware product notably easier – by simplifying the product and allowing all involved in its development to focus on the product’s functions and user interactivity. Everyone in the production team – from stakeholders and information architects to project managers and quality assurance personnel – needs to understand how an application or website will work and what it is intended to do. For that purpose, wireframing and prototyping are not synonyms, technically speaking. Let’s look at their differences and similarities.

Adverse Cognitive Effects of Wrong Aspect Ratios

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: April 19, 2015 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Overlooked in usability: aspect ratio conversion

Aspect Ratio Problems: they're more than meets the eyeThrough my many years of working with screens – computer displays, television sets and proprietary video hardware – of varying sizes and intended uses, I find one factor to have a much bigger cognitive role than the innocent context of this usability topic may suggest – aspect ratios. Over 20% of the world is using electronic displays or TV’s with wrong aspect ratio settings, and it turns out that this has deep physiological and psychological effects that affect the users, the product manufacturers and everyone in the advertising sector. Should anyone care about this usability problem? I have done the research to find a few interesting answers.

Product Manager Resources: Marketing, Usability and More

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: November 25, 2014 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Why Product Management

Scope of Product Management disciplineAt a recent Meetup for UX Designers in San Francisco, I learned that many aspiring young User Experience Design professionals would love to launch their career in Product Management but don’t know where to start. This is natural trend of thought among progressive thinkers in many IT disciplines: those who have mastered a singe technical domain often want to broaden their career horizons by applying their talents and experience in a strategic context, which is how many good product managers are born. In this discussion, I offer my personal insight into the science of Product Management, as well as an extensive list of resources for those who aspire to become product managers.

My Top 45 Creative Apps: Wireframes, Modeling & More

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: June 12, 2014

Why Publish My Creative Software List

Mobile design blue backgroundFrom Axure to inDesign, to Microsoft Project, to Wirefy… I am publishing this list (skip the intro) because my colleagues and project collaborators need to know with which applications and platforms I am most familiar – both with regards to prototyping and wireframing specifically and with regards to other related processes (creative and technical), including project management, product marketing and user experience disciplines, business modeling, diagramming, visualization and more. This list can also be a useful resource for those who aspire to become excellent project managers, UX designers or product managers.

This list is not intended to be updated regularly and is effective as of its publication date – June 12, 2014.

Toyota, LSD, revolvers and UX… What’s in common?

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: June 3, 2011 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Simple products break less

SimplicityI don’t love guns, but sometimes a gun can help tell a story. So, this post is a bit odd but is fun and educational. All those who have worked with me in software teams have heard me say, “Let’s make this feature work like a revolver!” This expression is not my own – I “inherited” it from a good friend who is a front-end developer, but it represents a principle in product design that I follow. And believe it or not, it all started with cars and revolvers and LSD… as in Lean Software Development. Since we happen to be humans (even the geekiest of us), sometimes it helps to remember why simplicity is the mother of genius – because simple things break less. This notion is at the core of usability.

Web Form Usability: Afghanistan at the top? Really?!

Written by SANDER NIZNI. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Research, UX Boom

Original post: May 19, 2011 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Is Afghanistan at the top of your country list?

Country dropdown list starting with Afghanistan

Are your users annoyed because the dropdown country list on your registration page starts with Afghanistan? They may be… do your research! And if they are, is this problem worth solving? The answer is far from obvious. And it has nothing to do with the stigma of “George Bush vs. Osama bin Laden.” Let’s start with Usability 101: about 6% of the 31-million Afghanistan population use the internet: that’s under 2 million… most of whom don’t speak English and/or don’t care about your site. Sorry for bluntness, but this is a business discussion. So, should a typical social networking hub or a retail site place Afghanistan at the top of the list? Or should it force its primary target markets (e.g, USA) to the top of the list?