Design Thinking

Here is the Design Thinking framework provided by Stanford University. It is open source so anyone can use it. (

Last weekend I attended the Small Business Fair at Honolulu Community College. It was fun seeing familiar faces and also learning from others about the plethora of resources available for small businesses.

In one session, I was introduced to Design Thinking thanks to Ian from Oceanit. Basically, It’s a framework built for anyone trying to provide a solution to a problem. Perfect for entrepreneurs.

One of the key takeaways I got from the presentation was that this framework is like a martial art. The more you practice it, the better you’ll be at it. So it made me wonder. Are there groups that spar on a regular basis?

Do you or anyone you know practice Design Thinking? I’d love to connect and chat. Let’s talk story.

Project Management & Graffiti

If you haven’t noticed by now, I appreciate art. Any kind of art that catches my attention. When I’m traveling, sometimes I wonder how did graffiti get on certain places. How did that artist get that done? Especially because of the location and accessibility of the canvas.

Growing up there was graffiti everywhere. Overpasses, trains, mailboxes, the bus, windows, walls, bathrooms, etc. Some are bad and some are good. And good can mean anything. I’d like to get you to think about the artistically good ones. The ones that uses so many coordinated colors and shapes. How did an artist do those murals on the side of a subway train?

My conclusion: Graffiti artists are really good at project management. They target a goal (whatever canvas they’re going to tag on), collect their supplies, execute it in his/her head when and where they’re going to get the job done, and are fully aware of scope creep (by way of monitoring security, cops, and witnesses). He/she has a very defined deliverable.

Something light after a missile scare in Hawaii. Watch out for my perspective of “pressing the wrong button” in the next couple of weeks. I really want to hash out the process behind the interface and people responsible for scaring around 1.5 million of my neighbors.

Until next time, thoughts or comments are always welcome. Let’s talk story, holler @ me.