Biases in science

TL;DR: Science has biases, but there are ways to reduce these biases. I've been bingeing lately. No, not on Netflix. Way nerdier than that. On a podcast. About economics. I love Planet Money The Planet Money podcast is interesting and entertaining. They take topics like unions or escheatment and explain them in an accessible and… Continue reading Biases in science

Radical Candor for individual contributors

I win a lot of contests. In NHL hockey games, there are 3 periods of play with intermissions between. Often, they'll choose 2-3 people from the crowd of 20,000 people and ask them to play a funny game to win a prize. I don't know how, but I've been chosen for these dumb games THREE… Continue reading Radical Candor for individual contributors

Cognitive biases in user research

In the late 1800s, there was a famous horse in Germany. Clever Hans was famous because he could do math. Hans's owner would ask him questions and Hans would tap his hoof the correct number of times. Hans toured Germany, showing off his skills to audiences for over a decade. A horse that can do… Continue reading Cognitive biases in user research

Case study: Tactics of User Experience Research at ADP

This is part two of two, focusing on the tactical details of ADP's UX Research. For high-level strategy, see Case study: Strategy of User Experience Research at ADP I first got into user experience research by reading "Rocket Surgery Made Easy" by Steve Krug. This book was empowering because it was a step-by-step guide. It covered… Continue reading Case study: Tactics of User Experience Research at ADP

Fixing the information architecture of my site

Last month, in What's wrong with my site, I picked three small improvements and assigned them each to a different "Future Shane". fix the Information Architecture (IA) of this site. If someone comes to ShaneG.ca and reads an interesting article, it’s difficult for them to explore. That’s a problem because there’s over fifty great articles… Continue reading Fixing the information architecture of my site

What’s wrong with my site?

In late-2015, my now-wife and I decided to move away from the city we'd lived our whole lives in. I applied for tons of development jobs in London before the move but hardly heard back from any of them. I figured it was because I had nothing to show online and was 7000km away. The… Continue reading What’s wrong with my site?

Making the “Switch” to running

Book cover. Switch: How to change things when change is hard, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

I recently read the book "Switch" by Chip and Dan Heath. I was inspired to read it by TS Balaji, who mentioned it in his interview with DesignBetter. I expected it to be all about corporate change management, but was happy to see it cover everything from large-scale cultural change to individual change. Instead of… Continue reading Making the “Switch” to running