Delightful Reveal #6
A weekly update on all things Flagrant
To the customer that said “Thank you for caring and making it good”, you’re welcome!
What we did:
Held a management summit.
- Discussing team expectations so that we can grow our skill sets and clarity on what we all do everyday.
- Booked tickets/airfare out to Madison for our March meeting.
That travel logistics platform we’re building.
- Prepared basic marketing personas based on user research to date, and met with the client’s CMO and brainstormed brand naming and archetype ideas.
- Completed three user research sessions. Prepared a findings report and wrote acceptance criteria for those designs that tested well.
- Welcomed a new, collaborating product manager to our retrospective!
- Restructured the data model for proposals by injecting a new expenses layer and dramatically simplified calculations.
Caught up with friendlies:
- Cory Foy, Cornet Design
- Jon Kinney, Headway
- CJ Kihlbom, Teamtailor
- Brooke Saucier, Knektar
- Gustin Prudner, Equifax
- Talked through name options with Suzan Bond for a new product effort.
- Published How I Use Emacs to Manage a Project by Chris.
- Created an importer that will allow application users to bulk upload Customers, Service Locations, and Contacts.
- Flagged in a set of users to experience the new API we’ve been building over the past year.
- Developing user customization on template, snippets and overall brand identity.
What we’re reading:
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (StoryGraph)
- Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mel Hudson (Goodreads) [Sentient octopodes!]
- Ways of Being by James Bridle (NYTimes book review)
- We Are Not ‘System Designers’ (and Other Random Thoughts On the Scales of Design) by Corneliux (UXPlanet)
- The Evolution of Auth0’s (Ops-first) Research Practice by Brad Orego (Medium)
- The maze is in the mouse. What ails Google. And how it can turn… by Praveen Seshadri (Medium)
- On Fear by Anne Gibson (The Interconnected)
- “Are We Really Engineers?” by Hillel Wayne (Hillel Wayne)
What we’re listening to:
- Bullseye interview with Mike Mills about C’mon C’mon (NPR), which is a really really excellent film
- Golden Girls- Thank You For Being A Friend (Gospel Remix) (YouTube)
- The Golden Girls Theme - Single (Apple Music)
- Will Ozempic Solve Obesity In America? A Debate (Apple Podcast)
- Your Undivided Attention - Synthetic Humanity: AI & What’s at Stake (Apple Podcast)
- For Flux Sake - a pottery chemistry nerd podcast (Brickyard Network)
- Imperial March (Apple Music)
- Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Official Video) (YouTube)
- “Yards / Gardens” by Kate Bollinger (YouTube)
- ‘New’ National Single (Spotify)
Titus Andromedon Stars In Cats The Musical Netflix Is A Joke (YouTube)
What we’re interested in:
- Googling “Darth Vader butterflies”
- Code for America Summit
- Nerve glides Instagram, YouTube
- Trigger Poiqnt Therapy
- Jazz Cups
- Andrea Gibson, specifically this small poem on breaking the mold and self love
- Sandwich boyfriends
What we’re struggling with:
- Lunch as an everyday activity
- Having eaten bad hummus
- A cold sore
- Adjusting to forearm crutches
- Adding new bullet points in shared docs
- Deciding on new glasses
- Waking up in the middle of the night with mystery ralphing and unsettled tummy feelings
- Thinking of a good brewery name
- My boyfriend isn’t a sandwich
- Are boyfriend sandwiches hotdogs?
- Clipboard laundering
What we’re buying:
- Aged White Tea
- Gel Wrist and Thumb Brace
- More router bits: keyhole, t-slot
- Cookie dough
- Our final king cakes of the season :(
What we’re celebrating:
- “This is so cool, this is SO cool, this is gonna be game changer for us”
- “Thank you for caring and making it good”
- Gluing beans and sewing sequins to things, getting ready for Deep Gras and seeing all my friends out celebrating in the streets
- Jazz Cups and the idea that maybe the same design could appear on crutches
- My dog’s after bath zoomies
- “Her boyfriend is a sandwich”
If you’re looking for a team to help you discover the right thing to build and help you build it, get in touch.