Category Archives: Personas

Progressively Elaborated Users

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Understanding your users is critical to developing good products.  A “complete” understanding is sometimes required, and always comes at a cost.  A contextualized understanding is valuable but less so, and costly but less so.  Even a shallow understanding of your users provides value by preventing some dysfunctional behaviors.  You do not always need to develop personas before developing products.

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You Don’t Know Jack (or Jill)

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You’ve got some shiny new segmentation data about prospective customers; how much they earn, where they are located, how old they are. How does that help you make decisions about your product? You know this information, but you don’t really know your audience, or why they might become your customers.

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