World IA Day 2015 - Edmonton

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February 21, 2015

World IA Day 2015 - Edmonton

Are you happy? What can you do to improve your happiness and be more happy with your work? In this presentation for World Information Architecture Day (WAID) 2015 in Edmonton, I explore some approaches you can take to improve your happiness and the happiness of your team.

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February 21, 2015
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  1. Architecting happiness WIAD 2015 – Edmonton, AB

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  18. 1. What happiness is

  19. 2. What I do to be happy

  20. 3. Some ways you can improve your happiness

  21. 4. Some things we’re doing at Yellow Pencil to improve

    our happiness
  22. What is happiness?

  23. …and how do we know if we are happy?

  24. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau “Every man wants to be happy, but in

    order to be so he needs first to understand what happiness is.”
  25. THANKFULLY THERE’S A FRAMEWORK FOR THAT! Source: http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/happiness

  26. a. Pleasure, engagement, and meaning

  27. b. Daily positive emotions and a sense that life is

    worthwhile
  28. c. We can accurately report on your own level of

    happiness
  29. –Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness “Happiness is really just about four

    things: perceived control, perceived progress, connectedness (number and depth of your relationships), and vision/meaning (being part of something bigger than yourself).”
  30. 40% Source: The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to

    Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky,
  31. Moment-by-moment or long term

  32. Source: The Oatmeal

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  34. Source: http://thenounproject.com/term/poop/53979/ and http://thenounproject.com/term/wave/84207/

  35. WHAT I DO TO BE HAPPY

  36. Focus on creating the reality I want to live in

  37. Stay true to my core values

  38. Get rid of the negative

  39. Surround myself with family and friends

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  42. Smile

  43. Help

  44. Mentor

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  46. Volunteer

  47. Graciousness

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  49. Happiness folder Thanks Natalie Portman!

  50. IMPROVING YOUR HAPPINESS

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  52. ACTIVITY Laugh for 30 seconds

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  54. Happy yet?

  55. ACTIVITY What do you do to be happy?

  56. Make a list

  57. Share with person next to you

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  59. ACTIVITY Estimate your happiness

  60. Source: https://medium.com/@ngoeke

  61. 0 25 50 75 100 Money Like Impact

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  63. Look at what’s low and needs improvement

  64. ACTIVITY Personal OKRs

  65. Objective = dream

  66. Key result = success criteria

  67. Write an objective that will help you become happier

  68. Write 3 KRs for that objective that will tell you

    if you are happier
  69. Share with person next to you

  70. WHAT WE (YELLOW PENCIL) ARE DOING TO MAKE A HAPPY

    COMPANY, WHILE DOING HAPPY WORK FOR HAPPY PEOPLE IN HAPPY PLACES 
 (GEEZ, HOW MANY MORE TIMES CAN HE SAY THE WORD HAPPY?)
  71. 1. Clarifying our purpose

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  73. 2. Articulating a plan

  74. –Jim Collins “If you have more than 3 priorities then

    you don’t have any”
  75. OKRs

  76. Benefits of OKRs • allow major goals to surface •

    provide clarity - goals are clear, measurable, and there is company-wide alignment • clarifies what is important and focusses actions, keeping everyone moving toward common outcomes • allow you to measure progress
  77. • Maintain a financially stable and healthy company • Book

    $X in revenue per month • Invoice $X revenue per month • Profit margin: X% • Spending optional budgets • 100% of staff are healthy
 • Be accountable to one another for our success • Meeting 100% of our milestones • Project status report is green • 100% of weekly card velocity
 • Effectively tell Yellow Pencil’s story • Launch our new website • $X per month from in-bound leads Our OKRs this quarter
  78. @gabrielvaldivia “Every individual step you take informs the company’s path

    towards achieving its mission.”
  79. Monday: commitments Priorities & focus

  80. Milestones & RTS

  81. Friday: wins What we got done

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  83. Demo work

  84. Celebrate successes

  85. 3. Being transparent

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  87. 4. Re-thinking structure

  88. Source: http://thenounproject.com/term/team/48670/

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  90. – Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma “Management is

    the opportunity to help
 people become better people”
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  94. BE HAPPIER

  95. @richroll, ultra endurance runner “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

  96. Source: http://thenounproject.com/term/dialog/6070/ E: scott@yellowpencil.com Twitter: @benry