An event to form a new network of sketchnoters… Since World Sketchnote Day back in January, I have been busy thinking how we could establish a new community of graphic recorders and wannabe-graphic recorders on the Wellcome Genome Campus, including of course many of my colleagues at EMBL-EBI.  I plumped for a workshop to kick-off our efforts, and was not disappointed by the turnout (18 people).  I was impressed by the skills and ideas of those who attended, and learned a lot. An opportunity to practise the…Continue Reading “Get Creative with Sketchnoting – mini graphic recording workshop at EMBL-EBI”

It has taken a while to write this post about the formidable Dan North and his workshop “Software faster: from months to minutes”, which we hosted at EMBL-EBI in September 2016. Portrait of a software ethnographer Dan North: keen observer of software developer behaviour Dan North has been carefully observing productive software development teams that have quite exceptional – and rather surprising – habits. Based on his observations, he has created a set of unique patterns that allow others to mimic these innovative practices and optimise…Continue Reading “Dan North’s Mission to Help Teams Develop Great Software Faster: workshop report & sketchnotes”

On 24th January, James Lewis (Principal Consultant) and Ian Cartwright (Technical Principal) of ThoughtWorks visited us at EMBL-EBI to help us create the organisation’s very first technology radar.   What is a tech radar? It’s a snapshot of which technologies are upcoming and trendy, stable, and those in decline.  It is created every 6 months by ThoughtWorks, an IT consultancy. The radar is split into: Adopt Trial Assess Hold It also has quadrants covering different categories of technology, but the boundaries are often blurred: Techniques…Continue Reading “ThoughtWorks Technology Radar Workshop”

At the end of October, the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre – which is just a few hundred yards from my office at EMBL-EBI – hosted the BioData World Congress 2016.       The tagline for the event was “Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Precision Medicine” and many high profile speakers attended, including amongst others: Nicola Blackwood MP, NHS executives, directors of research institutes and big companies like IBM, a correspondent from the BBC, people from the European Commission, clinicians, tech suppliers etc….Continue Reading “Design Thinking to Explore the Patient-Centric Future of Precision Medicine: Workshop Report & Reflection”

Empowering scientists to work better, faster, and easier by applying UCD principles and UX process by Pat Keller, Novartis

Although I am biased (being one of the organisers) I am very happy to report that the joint ‘EMBL-EBI Industry Programme’/’Pistoia Alliance’ pre-competitive workshop on “Success in life science R&D through user experience design” was a triumph. The meeting took place this week at EMBL-EBI on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge UK and was attended by 35 delegates representing diverse pharmaceutical, agri-food, scientific software, and design companies.  The meeting was chaired by our excellent moderator, Nick Skinner of Poppyfish, with the support of a…Continue Reading “Sketchnotes from the Workshop: “Success in life science R&D through UX design””

A post about learning from experience… Subtle and tricky things about running workshops I just watched an inspiring video about a recent science-meets-art, hands-on workshop that looked really exciting and productive, and it got me thinking about workshops again. I’ve actually learned a lot of subtle and tricky things that go beyond the basic rules on running interactive workshops I’ve written about before. So (you lucky things!) I have put together 10+ NOT SO Simple Rules on Running Interactive Workshops for you, based on my…Continue Reading “My 10 *NOT SO SIMPLE* Rules on Running Interactive Workshops”

Summertime in Scotland: Paula de Matos and I have just been notified that our interactive workshop session will be going ahead at this year’s UX Scotland conference.  The event is taking place on 19-20 June at the “Our Dynamic Earth” venue in Edinburgh.   Our tutorial session: A Survival Guide for UX in Complex Environments In our session, we aim to provide insights into how you can approach user experience design problems in complex fields with confidence.  The examples we draw on are based on…Continue Reading “Edinburgh here we come…”