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LEGO storyboarding

I’ve recently ran a design sprint and I had this “great” idea of writing and publishing a short post after each day to summarize tips and tricks, but logistics and facilitation took all my time away. Nevertheless, I found one interesting storyboarding technique that I’d like to share.

Storyboards are visual narratives and I’ve seen many approaches to creating one: whiteboard or paper sketches, digital comic builders, or photos of people in a slideshow. The new approach that really delighted me was building one with LEGO. It requires more upfront work than sketching, but the result is clean and feels more real, so it looks like a good choice for a storyboard that needs to live for a longer period of time.

Create your scene with LEGO (credits)

LEGO even provides an app for recording and editing movies if you want to go beyond photos. Note: the app is only available for iOS at the time of writing.

Making a knife

Congratulations!” he said while we jointly submerged a glowing piece of metal in an oil bath. I just quenched my first knife after heat treating and the process felt like having another baby.

It started four hours earlier when our group gathered in a bladesmith’s workshop. He started with safety rules and equipment, and followed with a rough plan. Yes, we will start with a small steel bar and go home with a finished knife. Yes, we will heat it until it glows and pound it with a hammer. It will be the real thing. Read more

Parents in tech

I developed new skills after the birth of my son, so I updated my LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn skills

Fire and motion

By Joel Spolsky from the turn of the 21st century, but still relevant.

When I was an Israeli paratrooper a general stopped by to give us a little speech about strategy. In infantry battles, he told us, there is only one strategy: Fire and Motion. You move towards the enemy while firing your weapon. The firing forces him to keep his head down so he can’t fire at you. (That’s what the soldiers mean when they shout “cover me.” It means, “fire at our enemy so he has to duck and can’t fire at me while I run across this street, here.” It works.) The motion allows you to conquer territory and get closer to your enemy, where your shots are much more likely to hit their target. If you’re not moving, the enemy gets to decide what happens, which is not a good thing. If you’re not firing, the enemy will fire at you, pinning you down.

I remembered this for a long time. I noticed how almost every kind of military strategy, from air force dogfights to large scale naval maneuvers, is based on the idea of Fire and Motion. It took me another fifteen years to realize that the principle of Fire and Motion is how you get things done in life. You have to move forward a little bit, every day. It doesn’t matter if your code is lame and buggy and nobody wants it. If you are moving forward, writing code and fixing bugs constantly, time is on your side. Watch out when your competition fires at you. Do they just want to force you to keep busy reacting to their volleys, so you can’t move forward?

You have to move forward a little bit, every day.
Focus on days.

Your own media company

I would like to hear your story. The story about your guiding principle on sharing your life and work online.

Everyone’s their own media company today. The tools and channels are out there, you just need to grab the reins and ride into glory. But should you? Read more

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