Only the good stuff:

Ongoing investigation, exploration, and inspiration: driven by people I respect, work I enjoy, books I keep re-reading.

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Making Research Work

Video Series; EOY 2022—a new work in progress.

Picking the fruits of a decade of work, fermenting, distilling it all down into a potent potion that will help practitioners understand and address core issues in strategic product work.

RSF: Pattern Language for User Research

Framework; 2018–2021

I worked with Tomomi Sasaki and a large swath of the ResearchOps Community to create the Research Skills Framework. Global workshops. Data wrangling. Pattern writing. Tool building. Project workshops, conference talks, and more.

Reading & Reflecting on Christopher Alexander

Seminars; 2018–2021 | Essays; 2020–2021 | Reading; 2015–??

Christopher Alexander is an architect, builder, and design theorist whose work is driven by a remarkable focus on human wellbeing and staggering intellectual clarity. I've studied his four-volume 'Nature of Order' first on my own, and also with the Building Beauty program reading seminars. I draw heavy inspiration from Alexander's architectural design theories in my software systems work: it's one 'secret' of my success.

Misc. — Selected Media

(The drawer with everything, but never what you need right now.)

  • LSV Harvest 2021: a recount and story of my first year in wine production — harvest with the incomparable Luis Seabra in Portugal's Douro Valley.
  • The Researcher's Journey: an essay and model of enduring popularity. A breakthrough for me, personally, learning to use a constructive model to situate and communicate otherwise-abstract ideas.
  • Interesting words in prose & poetry (not mine): from my aunt Alison Hicks, a writer and poet, whose example and kind spirit have always been a source of creative encouragement.
  • Old instructions for friends: travel ideas for when you're going to Japan.

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