The User Centered Design Challenge

Why is being user-centered such a challenge in the DoD? I first asked myself this question while working Human Systems Integration (HSI) as a Systems Engineer for a large defense contractor. As I explored this difficult topic, I realized I might have more luck driving...

Minimum Viable Products & Prototypes

Remember the days of building a sandcastle in a sandbox, or creating a spaceship out of an old egg carton and tinfoil? These are examples of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) and/or Prototypes! Perhaps you didn’t have the money to buy the latest Millenium Falcon when you...

What Makes A Good Problem Solver?

If you ask anyone on the ITK team (or really most people I work with), they’ll tell you I am always sharing articles. I recently came across this article about one person’s progression from sweeping floors to executive leadership, and instead of just emailing it to...

Switching It Up (Part 2)

Our Story From Last Week Continues…  Day Two: Brainstorming and Prioritizing Actions At the end of the first day, the facilitation team met and affinitized the feedback we’d heard, grouping it into topics for the next day. Our intent was to form the participants into...

Switching It Up: A Mix & Match Path To Success

Today’s post is the first in a series by guest bloggers Alex Feinman (with Tom Seibert and Tammy Freeman)  Sometimes, you have to mix and match methods to get the results you need. This story is example of how important it is to be able to modify and adapt the...

How To Get Good

The first time you swing a hammer, you’re going to bend some nails and probably hit your thumb once or twice. Even though a hammer is an exquisitely simple tool, getting good at using a hammer requires practice (and if you’ve ever seen a master carpenter...