I spoke with a man the other day who described the job of a usability specialist as someone who creates a systems that are brutally simple, efficient, and intuitive without sacrificing functionality. I then spent three days at Menlo seeing people who do that day in and day out at a rapid clip. At the School of Information, where I’ve studied the last two years, we moved through projects at a slower, more deliberate pace. What I observed at Menlo was something very similar yet somehow qualitatively different. They believe in rapid development and rapidly changing iterations of designs. By getting a start quickly and then proceeding quickly through each iteration they are able to achieve rapid growth and improvement. […]