Monday, March 28, 2011

Product Camp Chicago

Join me at Product Camp Chicago this Saturday April 2, 2011 to see my talk about How to Incorporate Apple like design into your products.  http://bit.ly/eCTVN5

Sunday, March 20, 2011

All the things I never thought I would use my iPad for

My family bought me an iPad for fathers day last year.  I have been completely surprised how much I use it professionally and personally.  Here are the ways I have been using it that I never expected:

  • The only computer I use at home (sometimes I don't turn on my laptop at work until lunch time either)
  • Never taking a laptop on a vacation again
  • Teaching my kids the alphabet, numbers, and simple arithmetic (I was shocked how well this worked & how much the kids were into it)
  • Watching Netflix
  • Letting kids use the iPad on vacation so I can sleep in
  • Tracking my finances on Mint (until I ditched Mint - that's for another blog post)
  • Writing blog posts (this one included)
  • Flipboard!
  • Playing casual games (I never used my iPhone or Android phone for this before)
  • Actually using Twitter
  • Finding creative commons images on Flickr
  • Reading articles sent from people at work after hours
  • Reading the blogs I follow in Google Reader
  • Looking at Pivotal tracker while I'm jumping from team to team at work
  • Giving very short presentations to clients and potential customers
  • Passing the iPad around when ordering dinner when friends are over - everybody gets what they want and I dont' have to take notes for 20 people
  • Demoing Pathfinder Projects to clients and potential clients
  • Reviewing specs for user stories
  • Writing test cases for user stories
  • Teaching my kids about pianos and drums