Tools & Methodologies

With a thirty year career in digital product design, build and management, I’ve used a lot of software applications, tools and development methodologies. Definitely hundreds. I’ve researched thousands.

I see job ads that specify long lists of tools with which applicants must be familiar and for senior level, non-developer roles I think it’s a bit mad.

The chances are I’m familiar with a set of tools or a methodology that’s very similar to the one you use. I’m a really fast learner too. I’ll bet that within a few weeks I’m more familiar with it than half of your team and within a few months I’ll be teaching them how to use the advanced features.

That’s who I am. A product and experience specialist. I try all the buttons and explore all the menus. For fun. I recently took a certification in the Scaled Agile Framework and scored 98% on the exam.

And if we need to choose new tools – I can help with that too.

Some of my favourite tools:

Microsoft
Teams, Office, Visio, Power BI
Atlassian:
JIRA, Confluence, Trello
Google:
Office suite, Analytics


Asana
Axure
Balsamiq
Camtasia
Dropbox
Lucid Chart
Mailchimp
Miro
PivotalTracker
Pixelmator
Reaper
Sketch
Slack
Snagit
SurveyMonkey
UserVoice
WordPress


When I was eleven years old we rented our first video recorder. I read the manual once and got on with it. I tried to teach my father to program it to record a hundred times but he found it so alien and we eventually gave up.

A few years later we got a new model with a barcode reader integrated in the remote control and all the TV guides started printing barcodes next to the TV programme listings. It was a system called Video plus. Somehow it made more sense to my father and he learned it pretty quickly. I suppose this may have been what got me interested in user interfaces and experiences. Since then I haven’t stopped analysing user interaction, learning about digital products and how people grasp them, work with them and ultimately forget they are even there.

This is what my son says every time I tell a story about the past.