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Hi. I'm Ryan Jenkins. I'm a husband, father, mormon, product manager, tech geek, and hamburger lover.

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Apr 24

Startups Should Stop Using OKRs and Shift to OGSMs

There’s a trend in the tech industry toward OKRs for goal alignment. And while OKRs are good, they’re not great. They try to skip directly from objectives to results and don’t flow downward into the organization well. OKRs are helpful but could be better. The OGSM model is copped from the consumer packaged goods (CPG) […]

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May 20

The Future of Devices

Phones are dead. I love my phone. It’s a nuisance, but I love it. Unfortunately, it’s destined for extinction. In the very near future you’ll carry: Smartwatch + Earpiece + Visor + Tablet At a minimum … you’ll have a smartwatch and an earpiece. Notifications and calls will be routed to your watch. To accept a […]

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Mar 23

Thanks For Your Suggestion

I’d like to share a powerful phrase that will help you set clearer priorities in your life and permanently improve your interactions with the people around you. It will make you a better a better friend, a better father or mother, a better sister or brother, a better son or daughter. It will make you a better […]

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Jun 27

Same-sex Marriage, Discrimination, and Respect

There’s so much nonsense going on in politics. I’m genuinely excited for my homosexual friends to feel less discriminated against. You should never have been treated badly in the first place. Nobody deserves to be discriminated against, be they black, white, straight, homosexual, Mormon, atheist, wealthy, homeless, whatever. We’re all humans and should treat each […]

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Beautiful Things Don't Ask for Attention
May 03

Beautiful Things

We watched Walter Mitty last night. It’s a fantastic show that just makes you want to go grab your hiking backpack and start wandering this beautiful world of ours. There was a line near the end of the film that really struck me so I decided to make a couple of graphics out of it. […]

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Nov 05

Priorities

Ambitious people often talk about wanting to “change the world”. The single best way to do that is to raise a good, happy family. Nothing else really matters. Do it, and you will have changed the world for generations. Make sure you’ve got your priorities straight.

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Nov 01

In Defense of the MVP

Most people misunderstand the concept of a “Minimum Viable Product”. They get distracted by the word “minimum” and forget that it also requires the product to be “viable”. This graphic sums up the difference nicely. User centered progression towards a minimum viable product #UX #UCD #process #agile 🙂 pic.twitter.com/f7G0T6zwbb — Kara Pastour (@karapastour) October 21, […]

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Sep 16

Do school pictures still matter?

It’s picture day for my 5 year old, which reminds me of picture day when I was growing up. As I recall, school pictures were a really big deal. It was one way to reliably get a good photo of me every year. But now we take photos of our kids daily with high-resolution cameras […]

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Aug 30

Handmade Door Handles

Something about watching craftsmen make something makes we want to buy it. It’s not just a door handle any more, it’s something that people have labored over to ensure that it’s just right. I really respect that.

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