Kim Thuy Tu Kim Thuy Tu Sat 11:57 PM Good evening everyone. My name is Kim. Thank you for having me here today. Before I get into what a-ha moments are and how you can use it to hack your team’s motivation, let me give you a little bit more background
11:59 PM At ﬁrst I was going to create a collage of my interests but then I realized… that’s what social media is for. Looking at my instagram proﬁle here, you can probably guess that i enjoy photography, traveling, visiting cafes,
I’m also an airbnb host so when I’m not taking photos for Instagram, I am hosting travelers and taking photos for them to put on their Instagram. This is usually my chance to meet new people and show them
also a writer… sometimes. The last article I wrote was at the time of my career change and it it was a case study on redesigning instagram. After publishing this case study and having it read by many people, one of them being the founder of Christina’s, he pretty much convinced me to pack my bags and move to Saigon to become the
am today working at Christina’s, a fully-integrated travel experience company that aims to provide amazing local experiences to travelers. We provide everything from accommodation, experiences, food & beverage, and transportation. So when I came in as the second product designer
Today I want to walk you through a couple of examples of how I was able to ﬁnd and use these aha moments throughout the product development process to motivate my team and grow our products to the size it is today. Hopefully by the end, you will be able
these research can agree on are that aha moments creates a positive emotion with us and it happens on the right side of our brain where our creativity and insights processing are located. but that doesn’t tell me much. What I want to know is: how I can use these aha moments to invoke those very same positive
when it didn’t, he said ‘i’ll ﬁx it’ even though it wasn’t his responsibility. After this, Thuyen started to join a couple more of the beta sessions and even lead one of them himself, because this aha moment lead him to see the diﬀerence between developing via his simulator and testing a product in real life.
these aha moments, I would allocate time during our weekly team meeting to share any interesting data points or insights I found from looking over our analytics. It could be anything from an increase in retention, app sessions, or number of daily active users. After sharing these data with my team, I found that there is a heightened sense of motivation and work satisfaction because it helps them realize the value our product was delivering to our users.
it a point to recognize speciﬁc team members for their craftsmanship and contribution. When this happens, i ﬁnd that the engineers on my team will take it upon themselves to look over their own feature and polish them up without needing any prompt from me or a bug report.
want to leave you with involves one of our intern, Huseyin. Huseyin is a very curious and eager intern. After joining our team, huseyin was tasked with developing a feature to help our hosts communicate easier and faster with foreign guests. After months of development and countless hours of reﬁnements, the feature was ready to be shipped. After we launched the feature, I checked over our data to see that a couple of people had already started to use it and so I relayed the news back to him. Visibly excited, he asked “who was it? what did they write? what language was it?” Kim Thuy Tu Yesterday, 9:55 AM The next day Huseyin came to me after looking over each of the data point. He found that some of our users were sending translated messages to guests that didn’t require a translation. At ﬁrst we thought it was a bug but after investigating further, we realized that it was due an oversight during development. Luckily he caught and corrected it in time because if he didn’t we would have probably ended up paying more than doubled or tripled
Tu Yesterday, 9:21 AM So today we learned that aha moments can spark motivation and ownership. Here are the 3 step hack I created for sparking more of these moments within my team: Observe the data and your team, and ﬁnd opportunities to involve them in the design process Acknowledge and praise the positive behaviors you want to reinforce And lastly — Share. Share the insights and aha moments with your team, so that you can stay inspired and motivated together.