Author Archives: Jim

Goodbye, Dad. We love you.

My father, Robert “Bob” Jarrett, died yesterday after complications from his terminal prostate cancer. We were able to spend the last week with him while he was having intense oxygen therapy at Buffalo General’s medical ICU. For much of the … Continue reading

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Unfortunately, I told you so.

With a violent coup attempt going on right now in our Capitol (uncoordinated, stupid, and useless, but still a violent coup), I still don’t understand how almost 75 million citizens could vote for this gangster… for a second time. Even … Continue reading

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VOTE, for the love of life, the universe, and everything!

When I reacted to the 2016 election, I feared for the worst. Even I underestimated the horror of this administration and the damage it could do to our country, our democratic values, and the world. Our only chance is to … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

My parents, Marie and Robert Jarrett, truly happily married for 50 years today. We love you! photo from May 2017 courtesy of Sarah Jarrett, my sister-in-law A couple photos from their wedding day 50 years ago.   And from when each was a … Continue reading

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“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad Gita, in an interview describing his thoughts at the Trinity nuclear test. As I watched the election results coming in last night, a feeling of existential dread began surfacing, and this story of Oppenheimer at … Continue reading

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UX Advantage 2015: Keynote – Beyond the UX Tipping Point: Infusing Design Into Our Organizations

Jared Spool, UIE – Disney magic band: most important UX event in 2014; completely changes your park experience; pre-choose preferences and stuff before you go, including kid’s favorite characters, birthdays, etc; $1billion investment – Disney used to have a horrible … Continue reading

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UX Advantage 2015: Building a Design Culture within IBM

Adam Culter, Design Team Program Director, IBM – 15 years at IBM, first 12 years did consulting as a designer – long design legacy; original intent to humanize technology; in the 80s and 90s, IBM lost its way with focus … Continue reading

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UX Advantage 2015: Introducing Nasdaq to UX

Chris Avore, AVP, Product Strategy, Nasdaq – in position for 2-3 years; recent accomplishments: ability to grow our awesome and sizable team – organization understands design, moving customer feedback up the lifecycle into the discovery phase – execs excited, outside … Continue reading

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UX Advantage 2015: Inventing the Yes Lawyer

Traci Walker, Contracting Officer, US Digital Service and Jeff Gladchun, Director of Product Development, Fidelity Investments – Jeff started at Fidelity reviewing for compliance; exposed to product and enjoyed working with designers and developers; now in product management – Traci … Continue reading

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UX Advantage 2015: The Candidate Experience and Performance-based Hiring

Lou Adler, CEO, Adler Group – top traits of top people: 8 items from presentation; every one is predictable during the hiring process; most people use a process that doesn’t find this out – comparable results; trend of growth; achiever … Continue reading

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