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John Ellison

Day 90: Lunch, Gifts, and Goodbyes (for now)

On my last day of work at Clearleft, the team took me out to an amazing lunch at a great British pub, they bought me an incredible book (and a PLANT!), wrote me lovely hand-written cards and made me wear a Frozen wrapping paper as a cape...

It has been an incredible adventure, one that I have had the great pleasure of documenting over the past 90 days. I'd like to say thank you to everyone at Clearleft for the roles they played in helping make my time here all that it has been.

I am so blessed to know these people and to have made great relationships with the wonderful folks at Clearleft.

If you're thinking of working at Clearleft, think no further! It's a place like no other... Can't speak more highly of my time here.

I'm planning to write a 90-day recap later (once I've got a bit of perspective and have some more time).

Goodbye (for now) Clearleft!

John Ellison

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Day 90: Documenting Silverback's Export Use Cases

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After spending some time with Andy Budd, Clare Kirkland and James Bates on day 89, I had a better understanding of the core use cases of Silverback's export functionality. I was tasked with documenting what I came to understand as my last task at Clearleft.

A bit of design documentation to wrap things up only seems right!

We decided to break down the functionality into a Basic and Advanced flow to keep things simple. 

silverback export flow basic

silverback's advanced flow

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Day 89: Auditing Silverback's Export UI

I started off Day 89 by performing an audit of Silverback's export UI to understand where the usability issues may be occurring.

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Day 88: Testing Silverback

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On Day 88, I spent a vast majority of the day testing Silverback—Clearleft's Mac OS X product for user testing.

We've been collaborating with a great developer who has been able to hunt down and fix most of the bugs we've discovered in the application. It has been a bit like playing table tennis: We've gone back and forth with bug reports and new releases. 

We've got our testing script down and have been running tests on machines throughout the office. It's looking like we're approaching a stable version of Silverback with each release.

Hopefully we can get Silverback into Beta testing before day 90! That's my hope.

John Ellison

Day 87: Bytes Conference

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On the evening of Day 87, I had the pleasure of giving the opening keynote talk at Bytes Conference 2015.

The folks at Liquid Light were kind enough to Periscope the talks: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ynJOQRWmpvKR  (mine starts at 9:27).

It was a great experience speaking at a conference with such a positive cause. I really enjoyed learning about A Band of Brothers and Drop 4 Drop—the two charities that received all the proceeds of the event.

Kudos to all the speakers and people who helped put on the event.

John Ellison

Day 85 & 86: Writing My Bytes Conference Talk

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I spent most of Day 85 & 86 writing my Bytes Conference Talk. You can see the finished presentation here: http://bytes-talk.solvetherefugeecrisis.com/

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Week 1 STRC Project Update

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I wrote a project update for STRC Week 1. It's available here: https://slack-files.com/T0AS00P18-F0DGFFDS9-4018ce1da1

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Day 84: Chat w/ Clare & Andy Budd RE: STRC

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On Day 84, I had a chat with Clare and Andy Budd regarding Solve The Refugee Crisis (STRC). I've decided to seriously consider turning STRC into a full-time iniative and I wanted to ask Clare and Andy how we might be able to work together to fulfill the mission of STRC: to help solve the refugee crisis—one small problem at a time.

It was a great conversation. We discussed the wide range of risks that we needed to mitigate along with a possible plan to consider.

I've got to research incorporation structures for creating a social enterprise in the UK before anything else. I've also got a talk to write for Bytes Conference on Thursday. Guess I should get cracking...

John Ellison

Day 83: Rest & Philippe Nash Gig

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On Day 83 (Sunday), Sophie and I went up to London to watch our friend Philippe Nash play a gig in Dalston. It was an awesome show and really enjoyed seeing Philippe play again. He's got another gig at Gloucester Place in Brighton coming up tomorrow if you want to come...

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Day 82: Reading 'The Personal MBA'

On Day 82 (Saturday), I took a fast from my device usage and decided to hang out and read "The Personal MBA" by Joshua Kaufman. It's a fantastic book. I cruised through 132 pages and felt like this was exactly what I needed to read at this stage in my journey.

It provides readers with a foundational understanding of the core mental models, principles and concepts necessary to run a successful business. With that foundation, it allows users to go out and practice what they've understood in the field and seek other resources for specific information.

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Day 81: Clearleft Interns Playback

On Day 81 the Clearleft Interns gave the team a playback on the current state of their project. They've got some really exciting concepts moving forward into prototype and production. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Day 80: Exploring Workshops, Training, Mentoring & Coaching

On Day 80, I kicked off my day with a great session between James Box, Andy T, and Andy P regarding the outputs for the training project. Andy P is running with getting all the workshops for each team written and listed on the Clearleft website while Andy T is condensing the Training, Mentoring and Coaching proposition in the form of a slide deck.

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Day 79: Outlining My Bytes Conference 2015 Talk

On Day 79 I had the pleasure of outlining my Bytes Conference 2015 Talk and soliciting feedback from Head of UX, James Box. I am really looking forward to Bytes Conference on Thursday October 29 .

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Day 78: Observing The Clearleft Brand Refresh

On Day 78, I had the pleasure of catching up with James Bates regarding the Clearleft Brand Refresh project. I really enjoyed seeing the process that James, Jon and Ben have gone through thus far. They're working at high velocity and producing some really exciting stuff...

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Day 77: Publishing Posts for Clearleft Blog

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On Day 77, I published my first post on the Clearleft blog: Personas Are Dead. Long Live The Heroes!. I've got three more scheduled to publish. Keep an eye out!