28 episodes

Learn anything faster by learning how to set achievable learning goals and good learning habits. In each episode we dive into a different aspect of how learning works looking at the brain, motivation, and habit-forming. Based on years of teaching adults technology as well as text on a wide variety of subjects from behavioral economics to psychology.

Cut Your Learning Curve Nate Cooper

    • Management
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Learn anything faster by learning how to set achievable learning goals and good learning habits. In each episode we dive into a different aspect of how learning works looking at the brain, motivation, and habit-forming. Based on years of teaching adults technology as well as text on a wide variety of subjects from behavioral economics to psychology.

    What is the value of expertise?

    What is the value of expertise?

    Today more and more people are asking “what does it mean to be an expert?”  

    The disruptive technologies and the new careers to support them are being created far faster than regulations, education programs and any state or federal certifications. Today there are more state testing requirements to be a hairdresser than for an engineer building software for a large phone provider or major bank.

    • 33 min
    To Zoom or not to Zoom

    To Zoom or not to Zoom

    In the past year, Covid has radically upended offices in the USA. Co-working spaces, open offices and company cafeterias emptied out as office work swiftly moved online.  Some of the benefits became clear - reduced commuting time and a relatively small drop in productivity. The challenges have also been equally well-documented, from news articles to memes on Twitter: squirming kids and pets in the workspace, seeing faces only on a screen, and never really turning off. 

    • 32 min
    Building Good Habits by Design

    Building Good Habits by Design

    There is a focus in UX Design in making user interactions as “frictionless” as possible: reducing any additional steps or obstacles to take action. Another area of Product Design is building out rewards for a button pushed or a purchase made. All of this, carefully and subtly, build habits. Like so much of technology, these design practices can be viewed as either exploitative or beneficial, with dramatic, unanticipated consequences on both sides of the spectrum. 

    • 31 min
    How do Developers Think?

    How do Developers Think?

    How do we work with something as unpredictable as software development, where so many of the answers are discovered in the doing and not beforehand? This “expecting the unexpecting” is everything: it guides how software developers, teams and tech companies organize and the ways they promise results. How to evaluate and regulate these actions - in ways that protect the end user, the small start-up and society at large -  is one of the biggest questions for this century.

    • 29 min
    Can Design Solve Your Problems?

    Can Design Solve Your Problems?

    We all have an app on our phone that we love.  Yet what design thinking has not been able to solve, and in some ways has made worse, are the deeper, structural problems facing people today - namely, inequality, lack of opportunity and a global crisis in public health.  If design is to be truly empathetic, as so many designers claim, I hope design thinking moves beyond making a more intuitive Spotify to take up these bigger challenges. 

    • 29 min
    Are You Solving the Right Problem for your Business? w/ Eve MacKnight

    Are You Solving the Right Problem for your Business? w/ Eve MacKnight

    At creative digital agencies, our work always begins with Scoping. Rather than diving into “what are we going to build” we instead take a step back and ask, “what is the problem we are trying to solve?”  

    The answer to this question is twofold: both a vision of what the software solution will be and a plan to implement it. Scoping is highly collaborative: design, product, engineering and clients all working together to arrive at a solution unique to the time, place and organization. 

    • 26 min

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