Eepy Bird takes on Stickynotes

September 9th, 2008

Eepy Bird Extreme Stickynotes Finally, an appropriate use for the stickynote decks that are collated by the devil. Usually these fan-stuck notes are an anathema to rapid and fluid stickynote sessions. But trust the folks at Eepy Bird to make lemons out of lemonade.

Admire the flowing, colorful goodness at eepybird.com.

Update: Even better than the eepybird site is the Vimeo video. The similar videos include the How We Did It which is pretty cool. Clearly, we should all buy 3M stock now. Every jr. high school class will be making these.


It’s the best of both worlds

August 26th, 2008

Okay folks, it’s time for when ninjas meet stickynotes, the crafty edition.

Just found this project on instructables.com. It’s the perfect short and sweet craft project for sticky-note ninjas everywhere. I gotta make me a few of these babies:

Transforming Post-it Note Star  Transforming Post-it Note Star

This is an 8 point ninja star that you can make out of any 8 pieces of square paper (Post-it notes are just convenient and about the right size)

These sure-as-shuriken will come in handy with group activities.


What a difference word spacing makes…

August 25th, 2008

The first domain I registered was stickyninja.com. I also had stickyninja as an IM status. Then Lane mentioned that maybe that phrase didn’t have the meaning that I intended. Since then I’ve pretty much started calling things stickynoteninja just to make it clear.

Sticky Ninja Stars

But these make me reconsider. There are a lot of benefits to being a sticky ninja. I think I’ll get some of these to give to others who follow the path.


Enter your original post-it idea and win big.

August 22nd, 2008

The best thing about the Post-it One Million Uses and Counting contest is all the videos on Youtube. Do you have a unique and fabulous use for post-its? Enter the contest now. Deadline for entries is September 1, 2008.

Go crazy.


UX Week 2008 is a wrap

August 19th, 2008

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Originally uploaded by kateruttr

Thanks to all the folks who attended the “Become a Sticky Note Ninja” workshop at UX Week 2008. It was great spending the day with you and meeting you all.

The slides and the activity handouts are available on the tools and downloads page. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting slideshares of the different methods, so keep a lookout.

Also, if you have stickynote ninja tales to tell, please email me at kate [at] intelleto [dot] com. I’d love to hear how you are ninja-ing in your organizations, and to spread your success stories.


UX Week 2008 : Become a Sticky-Note Ninja

August 10th, 2008

It’s the season for Adaptive Path’s UX Week! I work at AP, and I’m pretty excited to be presenting at UX Week 2008. There are a ton of interesting sessions, many taught by my colleagues at Adaptive Path.

Here’s my session description:

Become a Sticky-Note Ninja

In this workshop you will:

* Discover how to pick the right sticky-note solution for a specific problem
* Learn how to lead a group in collaborative sticky-note sessions
* Organize a workroom for maximum collaborative success
* Explore the keys to quickly and easily documenting workgroup results
* Investigate how to work asynchronously via sticky-note boards

Sticky notes (a.k.a. Post-it Notes®) have become the lingua franca for remembering pesky tasks and to-do items. Although this is helpful, their real potential lies in effectively and rapidly organizing collaborative group work. Unfortunately, few teams know how to make the most of these simple yet powerful tools. In this workshop, you will learn to maximize the potential of sticky notes, taking your group-collaboration skills to the next level and, in turn, become a real Sticky-note Ninja.

This workshop will explore how to use sticky notes in all stages of the design process, from strategy and design through development. You will learn 8 simple, flexible and effective methods to help you discover new ideas, unpack problems, document workflows, identify issues and opportunities (and what to do about them) and keep everyone, from business folks to development teams, in sync and on target.

Armed with only the most humble of office supplies — sticky notes and sharpie pens — we’ll work through 7 major collaborative challenges:

* Unpacking problem and opportunity spaces.
* Brainstorming ideas and prioritizing the best ones.
* Gathering design and development goals.
* Building consensus for a shared direction.
* Making sense of complex workflows.
* Delving into the roots of a problem so that you can solve it appropriately.
* Creating idea constellations that spark new approaches and directions.

So become a Sticky-Note Ninja and get the most out of these simple, yet important, design tools.

There will be 36 folks in the session, and I’ll try to grab photos of the workshop as it happens. After the workshop, the slide deck will be posted here.

Because there are 3 hours for the session, we’ll be able to get into more than lecture+activities…we’ll have a group exercise to learn with and from each other. We’ll all share our experiences in running and attending participatory group sessions, and we’ll capture the knowledge of the group (and yes, we’ll be using sticky notes, heh.) After the session, we’ll share out the learnings to the larger UX Week attendee audience.

So stay tuned for the blog post of the results!


Now that’s a big stickie

August 10th, 2008

Now that’s a big stickie

Originally uploaded by Dan Harrelson

My collegues Dan and Leah also spoke at Agile 2008, and Dan sent along this stickynote sighting.

The stickies are stuck on the back panel of a vendor booth. It’s a little hard to see the scale, but I estimate the size of these pink notes notes at about 2ft x 2ft-ish, and the yellow ones about 1ft x 1ft.

So of course, I’m drooling. Turns out you can get the mega stickies at www.megasticky.com/.


Agile 2008 : UX Stage

August 8th, 2008
I’m back from Agile 2008, and it was a great experience. Big kudos to Jeff and Angela for putting on a great UX stage. All the special touches in the UX section were fun: buttons, postcards for each session, the big UX graffiti walls. Everything seemed to go really smoothly. You can see all the goodness on flickr.
The folks that came to the stickynote ninja session were smart and engaged, and asked great questions. The slide deck from the presentation can be found here.
I wish I could have stayed all week! Next year I’ll plan to stay for the whole conference.



Agile 2008 : Secrets of a Sticky Note Ninja

August 3rd, 2008
I’ve been looking forward to the Agile 2008 conference in Toronto for months, and now it’s here!
I’ll be speaking on the User Experience stage, talking about the power of stickynotes.Here’s the session description:

Sticky notes (aka Post-it Notes [tm]) have become the lingua franca of remembering pesky tasks and to-do items…yet their real potential lies in effectively and rapidly organizing collaborative group work. However, few teams know how to make the most of these simple yet powerful tools. In this workshop you’ll take your group collaboration skills to the next level with a set of methods that maximize the potential of sticky notes.

In user experience work, sticky notes are used in all stages of the process, from strategy to design and through development. In this hands-on tutorial, we’ll cover 8 simple, flexible and impactful methods that help you unpack problems, document workflows, identify issues & opportunities (and what to do about them) and keep everyone, from business folks to development teams, in sync and on target. And you’ll have the opportunity to test-drive 2-3 of these methods to gain hands-on experience with the methods.

Armed with only the most humble of office supplies (sticky notes and sharpie pens) we’ll work through 6 major collaborative challenges:

In user experience work, sticky notes are used in all stages of the process, from strategy to design and through development. In this hands-on tutorial, we’ll cover 8 simple, flexible and impactful methods that help you unpack problems, document workflows, identify issues & opportunities (and what to do about them) and keep everyone, from business folks to development teams, in sync and on target. And you’ll have the opportunity to test-drive 2-3 of these methods to gain hands-on experience with the methods.

Armed with only the most humble of office supplies (sticky notes and sharpie pens) we’ll work through 6 major collaborative challenges:

  • Unpacking problem and opportunity spaces
  • Gathering design and development goals
  • Building consensus for shared direction
  • Making sense of complex workflows
  • Delving into the roots of a problem so that you can solve it appropriately
  • Creating idea constellations that spark new approaches and directions

You’ll learn:

  • how to pick the right method for a specific problem
  • how to lead a group in collaborative sticky note sessions
  • how to organize a workroom for maximum collaborative success
  • keys to quickly and easily documenting workgroup results
  • how to work asynchronously via sticky-note boards

Jeff and Angela have put together a great line-up for the User Experience stage. I can’t wait to learn how prototypes, patterns, personas and postcards relate to Agile development. See you there!



UX Week 2007 : notes and comments from the stickynote ninja talk

July 25th, 2008

In August 2007 I presented the first stickynote ninja talk at Adaptive Path’s UX Week 2007. It was a 45 minute talk, with an activity at the end. About 100 people were there, and it was a lot of fun. But be prepared: hotel conference meeting rooms with fabric walls are a real challenge to stick on.
Some of the notes, comments and photos are here: