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Vision. Strategy. Innovation.

Innovating is serious business. But getting there takes serious play.

With Phase II on your team, time flies when you're inventing the future.

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 We help you craft product, experience and innovation strategies.

We do that by facilitating a co-design process with you, your customers and users. 

To ensure your strategies become a reality, Phase II offers services across the Discover, Define, Design and Deliver phases of the product lifecycle.

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Image of front cover of book, Presumptive Design: Design Provocations for Innovation
In 2016, Morgan Kauffman published "Presumptive Design: Design Provocations for Innovation," a book I co-authored and co-designed about a leading-edge design research method I've used throughout my entire career.
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Videotele.com had a problem: they had the highest performing devices on the market, but their users couldn't figure out how to use them. I designed and helped VT.c deliver a configuration, management and monitoring solution to telecom technicians unskilled in the art of digital video.
Chart depicting level of investment in UX from 2012 to projected 2015. Curve increases through 2014 and then splits. One option is to divest, another to invest more.
When my UX team had completed its multi-year project, the larger IT organization expected them to be disbanded. Breaking up a high functioning team into individual "teams of one" would have diluted UX's effectiveness . Making my case to keep the team together was a multi-pronged challenge in navigating the corporate landscape of headcount assignment, business partner funding and organizational politics.

Musings and bloviations

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Architecture and User Experience, Part 1: The Politics of Architecture

About eight years ago I published a series of articles on CHIFOO (the Oregon and SW Washington chapter of the…
Scanned image of Boullee's proposed royal library from 1795.

Architecture and User Experience, Part 10: A Model for UX Architecture

In this installment I propose a need for, and an example of, a model for UX architecture. Models allow us…
A nine-piece jigsaw puzzle: the four corners labeled "stakeholders," the top-middle Principles, right-side-middle, Qualities, bottom-middle, References, left-side middle, Standards, the center: The Experience

Architecture and User Experience, Part 11: The PQRS Model

Finally, after almost a dozen articles, I'm prepared to discuss a framework for a UX architecture, what I've called the…
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Architecture and User Experience, Part 2: Architecture and Strategy

In this continuation of a series of articles about UX Architecture, I suggest that Architecture, by definition, is a strategic…
The double-diamond diagram as a representation of UX architecture - UX architecture bridges from the start to finish of the design cycles.
UX architecture and the Double Diamond Diagram

Architecture and User Experience, Part 3: A Sustainable Process Of Design

In the first few installments of this commentary, I propose Architecture is (by definition) a political act and an essential…
Image of front cover of Volume 1 of the UX Architecture: Architecting the Experience.

Architecture and User Experience, Part 4: The UX Vision

The point of these blogs is to sketch out the notion of  "UX architecture," something that many people talk about…