Category Archives: M3 Design Journal

Life Hacking vs. Design Thinking

Life hackers and designers are more alike than you may realize. In this article, Jayson takes us through the differences and similarities in how life hackers and designers view the world and how their skills, experience, and perspectives help them solve some of the most difficult challenges.

5 Product Development Lessons from Smoking BBQ

I’ve cooked some terrible food in my day. But I’ve also made some pretty damn good food (as far as I’m concerned). And recently, while enjoying one such meal, I got thinking about the many things that cooking and product development have in common.

7 Keys to Successful Product Development, Part III

In part 2 of this series, we began looking at the first few items on our list of 7 characteristics that define good product-development (PD) programs with excellent results.
Not surprisingly, some clients profit more than others.
Let’s look at the final 4 characteristics of rock-star clients we’ve worked with.

Designing Backwards Isn’t Backwards Design

What if I put a big pile of components in front of you,
and your task was to design a product using only
those items? Could you do it? Probably. And there’s
no telling what might come out of it…

Automagic: Implications of the Automation Lifestyle

Gadgets with connected technologies that can predict human behavior and adapt to our preferences automatically aren’t going away anytime soon. Just think about that for a minute. What does this mean to your life today? And what will it mean to your life tomorrow, when all of these technologies finally go mainstream?

Big Bang for Your Product Development Buck

I’ve worked in product development (PD) for many years, and a lot has changed in that time. But one challenge has remained constant: cost. More often than not, this is one of the greatest difficulties teams face

SXSW in our Backyard

Our hometown is the kind of place that everyone seems to love. But for us innovation and technology junkies, Austin is particularly wonderful. Full of youth, brains, local love, and breakthrough ideas, it’s the kind of place that seems to buzz with constant energy and excitement.

Especially this time of year.

Lies, Damn Lies and the Product Development Process

Project plans are an important part of any product development process. Without a plan, it is next to impossible to coordinate the resources necessary to create a successful product. But why are some plans great and others disasters? How do you go about creating a project strategy that your team can execute successfully? Here are 7 tips you can use to create a great project plan…

7 Keys to Successful Product Development, Part II

This is the 2nd in a 3-part series that looks at the keys to successful product-development (PD) programs. In the first post, 7 Tips for Selecting the Right Product Development Firm, I outlined the key considerations in choosing a product-development resource for an important project. In this post, we’ll discuss some factors that set apart good programs with excellent results from those that aren’t so good.