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[AUDIO] Rich Sheridan on Storytelling

Menlo CEO and Chief Storyteller Rich Sheridan joined Karen Dietz to talk about storytelling for her Just Story It Podcast. Rich gives a little background into how storytelling became part of Menlo’s tradition and why he thinks storytelling has woven its …[Read more]

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Everyday Design: Appliance Diaries, A Story of User-Experience Evolution

When my husband and I purchased our home 6 years ago, it was equipped with all of our appliance needs other than a washer and dryer. We found a good deal on some new ones on an online Sears sale …[Read more]

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The Biggest Challenge: Getting User Feedback

“We love Menlo, but there’s no way we’re going to be able to get user feedback the way you do. It just won’t fly back at our company.” We hear this often from Menlo visitors. They learn about our process, …[Read more]

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How We Made JOY Our Competitive Advantage

“When you walk into the lobby of Menlo Innovations, you find yourself standing in the heart of what makes this company one of the most innovative and productive software development firms in the world.”
Wrote John Baldoni, a Forbes magazine …[Read more]

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Why I Work at Menlo

Stress and fatigue are common ailments of the modern knowledge worker; people spend their free-time and hard-earned money to manage the excess stress in all kinds of different ways. In my past life as a research scientist, the stress from …[Read more]

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Teaching is the best way to learn. Pairing is the best way to teach.

There are a few things that I’ve come to believe from my time here at Menlo Innovations. First and foremost, paired programming has exposed me to the phenomenon of cooperation and close human interaction as the primary medium of …[Read more]

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Everyday Design: User Experience Nightmare at the Social Security Office

My husband and I had some paperwork we needed to complete at the social security administration office. We were pleased to find an office, conveniently located near our home. Because we had a relatively short drive and planned to get …[Read more]

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On Our Bookshelf: Leadership & Self-Deception

As a leader, do you believe people like working for you? One of the things I wrote about in Joy, Inc. is how books and authors have influenced my thinking over the years.  During the time in my career when I began …[Read more]

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Introversion not required

Because everyone at Menlo works in pairs, and we work in one large noisy room, we’re often asked during tours if all Menlonians are extroverts.  At that point, the tour guide will often ask for a show of hands from …[Read more]

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Everyday Design: Where did I park again?

Every now and then I get inspired by those health reports on the news about how to incorporate healthy living into our busy everyday lives. My latest quest has been to try to take the stairs every day in the …[Read more]

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