Archive for March, 2007

Fashion victim

Friday, March 30th, 2007

If only I was under 24, fashion conscious, a fun seeker and individualistic I’d have the right cellphone. Yes, I do have a Motorola and what a pretty phone it is. Sleek design, deep blue, slim and fits easily in a pocket - nice big bright screen.

But - I do have a love/hate relationship with this phone. My previous Alcatel was an ugly duckling by comparison - but I loved it and used it for years. Why? Because it was so easy to use - it worked the way I worked. It had far fewer navigation buttons - and maybe that’s why it worked better. The designers had to do more with less. Perhaps with more button options the Motorola designers got lazy and didn’t really figure out how people really want to use it. Or maybe they were targetting a youth market with perceived more interest in form than function. Anyway - the upshot is here’s a phone that’s usability design doesn’t match it’s visual design. Finding a number and making a call could be a lot easier - and each time I make a call it wastes my brain and my time - only a little bit I’ll grant - but that little bit is the difference between satisfaction and delight.

Attended a no value meeting

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

A while back I attended a low, sorry I mean NO, value meeting.

The reason it had no value was that at the end of two and bit hours, neither I or any of the other attendees could remember what it was about and why we were there.

 Two significant behavioural elements stood out:

  1. No one listened to what anyone else had to say
  2. Cellphones were a major distraction - the ring tone on one was appaling and another person not only answered the call but carried on a lenghty discussion with the caller while the rest of us sat around like a bunch of irrelevant bimbos.

What makes meetings so awful?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Meetings are typically a WOMBAT (waste of money, brains, and time). Why?

I’ve observed and analysed meetings for a long time now and have come up with a list of the behaviours and attitudes that kill meetings.

Post your pet hates and let’s compare notes.