#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: The Design Sprint

Curious about how to run an effective design sprint?

SXSW Interactive speaker Drew Lewis (@DrewLewis) of Wunderman West joined John Maeda, Adelle CharlesSameer Patel and hundreds of others in tweeting about "The Design Sprint," a DIY guide made available by the team at Google Ventures.

Google Ventures will be publishing a book on running design sprints. In advance of that, they're making available a basic how-to guide that they describe as "an assortment of articles and other resources developed while working with startups over the past three years."

The GV design sprint process is broken out over five days with the goal of enabling a team "to build and test nearly any idea in just 40 hours":

  • Monday: "On the first day of the sprint, your team will 'unpack' everything they know."
  • Tuesday: "Your team will work individually to draw detailed solutions on paper."
  • Wednesday: "By Wednesday, you’ll have over a dozen solutions to choose from."
  • Thursday: "We show you our systematic plan for doing the impossible: build an entire realistic-looking prototype in just eight hours."
  • Friday: "On Friday, you’ll show your prototype to real customers in 1-on-1 interviews."

The how-to guide describes in more detail each step of the process and provides links to a selection of "greatest hits" articles on topics such as innovation and design thinking.


VIDEO: Participating in a Google Ventures Design Sprint

And while we're on the subject of Google Ventures' approach to design sprints, watch this video titled "What's So Great About Google Ventures' Design Sprint?" produced by 33voices. It features CustomMade CEO Mike Salguero describing his company's experience participating in a GV design sprint.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers not only know great content when they see it, they also often take the time to share it with others via social media.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: Combating the Imposter Syndrome

Curious about how to combat the imposter syndrome?

SXSW Interactive speaker John Hagel (@jhagel) of the Deloitte Center for the Edge Innovation joined Marc Andreessen, Nilofer MerchantTimothy Whalin and many hundreds of others in tweeting about a recent post on Medium by Julie Zhou titled "The Imposter Syndrome: Mastering the Art of Pretending".

In the post, Facebook product design director Julie Zhou recounts her struggles with the imposter syndrome, first early in her college career and then again when she accepted a technical position at a start-up company.

Zhou explained that her initial strategy for coping with the imposter syndrome was to pretend to be someone she wasn't in order to fit in and not be found out as the fraud she imagined herself to be.

Now, with the benefit of experience, Zhou writes that if she was able was to go back in time and give her younger self advice on how to combat the imposter syndrome, she would recommend these three tactics:

  1. "Look at events with a best-case instead of worst-case interpretation. Or just ask."
  2. "Focus on the strengths of being different rather than the weaknesses." 
  3. "Find people you can admit your insecurities to."

After describing the experiences that informed her thinking about these tactics, Zhou concludes by acknowledging that even though she still feels like an imposter sometimes...

"Here’s the thing though: it gets easier. You start trusting yourself. You’re an imposter less and less, and you’re yourself more and more."


VIDEO: Escaping the Imposter Syndrome

And while we're on the subject of the Imposter Syndrome, watch this talk by web developer Roseanne Fallin titled "Escaping Imposter Syndrome" delivered at O'Reilly's Fluent 2014 Conference.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers not only know great content when they see it, they also often take the time to share it with others via social media.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: Making a Mark via Social Capitalism

Curious about making a mark on the world via social capitalism? 

SXSW Interactive speaker Nancy Giordano (@nancygiordano) of Play Big joined Jacqueline Novogratz, Samuel Azout, Shiza Shahid and hundreds of others in tweeting about a recent New York Times column by David Brooks titled "How to Leave a Mark".

Brooks suggests that for those who want to make their mark on the world, social capitalism - i.e. taking a free market approach to solving social problems - is currently a "more creative and dynamic place to spend a life" than either a career in traditional business or government. 

In particular, Brooks thinks the rise of impact investing is one of the most promising features of social capitalism. Despite encountering a variety of challenges along the way, he sees evidence that "impact investing is now entering the mainstream."

Brooks advises that:

"Impact investing is not going to replace government or be a panacea, but it’s one of a number of new tools to address social problems. If you want to leave a mark on the world but are unsure of how to do it, I’d say take a look."


VIDEO: Impacting Investing Insights

And while we're on the subject of social capitalism, don't miss this 8-part video series by Next Billion featuring interviews with people from the world of impact investing. The first video features Abigail Noble, Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers not only know great content when they see it, they also often take the time to share it with others via social media.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: Why Fragile Cities Hold the Key to Stability and Development

Curious why fragile cities hold the key to stability and development?

SXSW Interactive speaker Tara Hirebet (@Tarahirebet) of Contagious joined Colleen LaFontaineJeremy FarrarDouglas Ragan and a host of others in tweeting about a recent article in The Guardian titled "Why Fragile Cities Hold the Key to Stability and Development." 

The article discusses a new paper published in Foreign Affairs by megacities expert Dr. Robert Muggah

Muggah writes that 90 percent of world's future population growth will occur in cities in the developing world, and right now many of these cities are fragile and drifting toward a state of anarchy. 

Muggah argues that it will be mayors - and not state or national authorities - who will have the most impact on whether this trend continues or is reversed.

One of the best ways to support mayors of fragile cities is to help them learn from other cities that have successfully addressed similar challenges.

Muggah urges that cities around the world pool their knowledge on what strategies work and don't work in order to help guarantee the success of the megacities of the future.


VIDEO: Robert Muggah on protecting fast-growing cities

And while we're on the subject of protecting the megacities of the future, watch this Ted Talk by Robert Muggah titled "How to protect fast-growing cities from failing."


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers not only know great content when they see it, they also often take the time to share it with others via social media.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: The Lean Product Management Manifesto

Curious about finding better ways of creating valuable products for customers?

SXSW Interactive speaker Jeff Gothelf (@jboogie) of Neo Innovation joined Jonathan HassellShirly Ronen-HarelDave Malouf and a host of others in tweeting about a recent article on Medium by Melissa Perri titled "The Lean Product Management Manifesto."

The founder of ProductUX Labs, Perri shares a set of four guidelines that she has "used to improve [her] Product Management practice and help others do the same." The guidelines are:

  • "Customer problems and needs over internal requirements"
  • "Data driven experiments over preconceived solutions"
  • "Customer problem roadmaps over feature roadmaps"
  • "Idea generation and collaboration over solution mandates"

In her post, Perri succinctly describes the beliefs underpinning each of the four guidelines, after first noting that "while we value the things on the right, we value the things on the left more." 


VIDEO: Melissa Perri on Lean Product Management

And while we're on the subject of Lean Product Management, watch Melissa Perri's recent presentation on Lean Product Management methods at Agile on the Beach 2014:


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

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In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers not only know great content when they see it, they also often take the time to share it with others via social media.

Want to be notified by when we publish a new SXSW 2015 post? Sign up for our email updates below. Also, to find #SXSW2015-related posts in our blog, just use our#SXSW2015 hashtag. Thanks!