Conte suggests he is unsettled at Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Reports from the Italian press have linked Juventus boss Max Allegri and Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri with the job in recent times, and Conte says he is uncertain as to what the future holds.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested he is unsettled at the club due to continuing question marks surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.Reports from the Italian press have linked Juventus boss Max Allegri and Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri with the job in recent times, and Conte says he is uncertain as to what the future holds. He told reporters, “I have another year of (my) contract with this club. But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job. In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.“For the manager of this club it’s normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager.“I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn’t happen.”He added that he was happy with the Blues and would work hard to keep improving the club’s fortunes, saying, “Football is very difficult to stay at a club for many years, especially in England, before managers were in charge for many years, but now in England they are happy to sack the manager early.“We are talking about staying in Chelsea and the history of Chelsea is very clear, it’s normal that the press speak about Chelsea.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL SURFER’S IRANIAN ADVENTURE SET TO HIT FRENCH TV

first_imgSHE’S well-known around these parts but Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton’s decision to become the first female surfer in Iran (complete with hijab swimwear) is to broadcast on French TV.The Rossnowlagh woman has surfed big waves from Donegal to Tahiti.But it was her trip a year ago to the Iranian town of Chabahar to go surfing there that has captured the imagination of documentary-maker Marion Poizeau. “Iran is not known as a surf destination, but experiencing a country through surf gives you a different perspective. It was a leap into the unknown, but I thought I’d give it a go,” said the 26-year-old.Local police and fishermen joined a huge crowd who had never seen the sport before.“Iran has a short swell window in the summer when the monsoons spin up and hit the southern coast and you get beach breaks,” she said.“The most incredible thing was being out in that landscape and being out in the water on your own. Everybody gathered around and they were all enormously curious and excited.” She was Ireland’s first female big wave surfer – and there’s plenty of those around the beach at home.“I couldn’t live without it. Being out in the sea, being part of a wave that only lasts a few moments, is like an addiction,” she added.The TV documentary about her trip to Iran will be broadcast on French TV at the end of the month.Let’s hope RTE, TV3 or TG4 show it here. DONEGAL SURFER’S IRANIAN ADVENTURE SET TO HIT FRENCH TV was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

INQUEST TODAY COULD SOLVE CASE OF MYSTERIOUS BODY

first_imgAn inquest begins this morning to attempt to identify a body which was washed up off the coast of Donegal almost 30 years ago.The inquest, which will open under Coroner John Cannon, is expected to hear a number of depositions.Among those depositions is expected to be Letterkenny man Jim McGlynn who believes the body could be that of his late brother Noel who went missing in June, 1983. Detectives have already taken DNA samples from Mr McGlynn in a bid to make a possible match with the deceased man.However it is thought the body from the grave in Dunfanaghy will have to be exhumed if this is to be carried out.This decision will ultimately be taken by the coroner John Cannon.EndsINQUEST TODAY COULD SOLVE CASE OF MYSTERIOUS BODY was last modified: October 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DunfanaghyinquestJIm McGlynnmissingNoel McGlynnlast_img read more

What if Man United had signed Gazza in 1988 and not Tottenham?

first_imgtalkSPORT looks at key moments in football history, where events could so easily have taken a different course and asks, what if? This week we ponder what if Manchester United signed Gazza and not Tottenham? Giggs, with the Premier League trophy alongside Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Sharpe Gazza had agreed to join Man United from Newcastle before changing his mind and moving to Spurs One of many Gazza-inspired merchandise 7 7 English football was already alert to the talent this irrepressible player possessed and Ferguson knew he had to get him. “He was the best player of his era, a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile.”And he almost had his man. Everything appeared to be agreed and Gazza even told Fergie to go on holiday, relax and get some sun because when he got back he’d be a United player.“Off I go, and I’m lying by the pool when there is a Tannoy for me to take a call,” Fergie explained. “It was [chairman Martin Edwards] telling me Tottenham had [signed him instead] by buying Paul’s mum and dad a house in the north east.”Not only that, Spurs also bought his sister a sunbed! “She should have got a spray tan and I would have a few more medals,” Gazza later joked.So Gazza – PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1987/88 season – moved to London in 1988 to become a Tottenham player and his star quality then secured a place in England’s 1990 World Cup squad.After Italia ’90 he was probably the most famous man in Britain. Certainly the most loved – my parents even bought me ‘GAZZA!’ The board game because I was so obsessed with the man – they stopped short of the shell suit, mind. His wild swipe at Charles’ shins shredded the ligaments in his right knee. His cup final was a write-off, but so was an entire chapter of his career: a big-money move to Lazio was called off and he didn’t kick a ball for a year and a half, exacerbating the injury in a nightclub scuffle some months later.The thing is, he should not even have been on the pitch to make the challenge in the first place when, less than a minute into the game, he clattered Garry Parker. Think of Nigel de Jong on Xabi Alonso and you get the picture.It should have been red, but he wasn’t even booked and a pumped up Gazza was free to carry on; he ended the day watching the final from his hospital bed; Gary Mabbutt and his Spurs pals later bringing him the FA Cup trophy to him.In addition the FA Cup, he played 57 times for England, won the treble with Rangers, strutted his stuff in Serie A and scored one of the greatest goals ever seen at Wembley. Imagine Gascoigne linking up with Robson, or Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona? That’s before mentioning the talented academy graduates who came through the ranks at Old Trafford such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.“It was a massive missed opportunity,” Gascoigne lamented. “Obviously I worked with a great manager in Terry Venables, don’t get me wrong, but I just think about the players around my age when I had the chance to sign for [United] and what they’ve achieved.“It’s not just on the field, but off the field as well. [Fergie] doesn’t just work with them at the club, he works with them when they’re not at the club.”Yes, if anyone could keep a young, talented footballer who liked a drink in check then it was Fergie.But this isn’t to say he would not have had the same temptations in Manchester as in London. What about ‘Madchester’ and everything else that went with it?Ferguson, though, ruled that part of the country and seemed to know everything that went on in the city. This is a man who once marched around to a house party where Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe were enjoying themselves and ordered everyone out so he could berate the pair and ultimately help them see the light. 7 Gazza wrecked his knee in the 1991 FA Cup final The midfielder was easily the best midfielder of his generation center_img 7 The storyIt was 1987 and Man United, a year into Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager, were playing relegation-threatened Newcastle in the First Division.In midfield for Man United were Norman Whiteside, Bryan Robson and Remi Moses, “all great footballers,” Fergie told David Frost in an interview.“And he just tore them apart.” He was talking about Newcastle’s 20-year-old rising star Paul Gascoigne. One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s big regrets is not signing Gazza Gazza celebrates his goal for England against Scotland at Euro 96 But despite his achievements there could have been more. A lot more.“Alan Shearer is one I wish I’d signed, but for me the most disappointing of all was Paul Gascoigne,” Fergie said.But what if he HAD signed him?“I want to be successful and that means leaving,” Gascoigne told local newspaper, The Chronicle, shortly before his Newcastle exit.“I feel it would also do me a power of good to physically leave the area. The pressures have been getting to me.”Let’s not muck around here. Fergie was not exaggerating the player’s class. For those who never saw him play, he was a true great. You’d pay to watch him warm up.His dribbling was immense, his passing superb and his goals utter class. “You didn’t know what Gazza would do next, but you knew it would be good,” as Daniel Storey writes in his book, Portrait of an Icon.“Losing out on him was the biggest disappointment of all, and he admits it was a mistake. Moving down to London can’t be easy for any 19-year-old lad,” Fergie explained.“We could have taken London out the road of him. We had Bobby Charlton, a Geordie. We had Bryan Robson, a Geordie.“We had a structure of players who could have helped him – given him some discipline.” 7 7 7 And it only got better for him after that with his goals in the 1990/91 FA Cup campaign catapulting Spurs to the final, however, here is where things began to unravel. It should have been the biggest day of his career, but it was one of the bleakest in football terms. Early in his United career Roy Keane was known to enjoy big sessions at the local – as a lot of the first team did – but he quickly heeded his manager’s warnings about boozing, with Ferguson threatening to fine any player caught sharing a pint with the midfielder following one incident in 1997.Quite simply, if you didn’t tow the line you’d be out.As crazy as it sounds, we should remember Man United were not the all-powerful club you see today. Historically, they were English heavyweights but in Gascoigne’s first season at Spurs, the London side finished sixth, while United were in eleventh and were still five years from winning a first league title since 1967.Ferguson certainly had a knack for being able to focus players; the team was always more important and while Gascoigne had no problem training and performing, what about when the floodlights were off?He mentioned about the work he did with players off the pitch, but the manager can only do so much and once you test Ferguson’s patience too many times, you’ve had it. Ask Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham or latterly, the supremely talented Ravel Morrison, the best young talent Ferguson had ever seen at United. Morrison, 25, spent last season on loan at Mexican club Atlas.As usual, it’s crucial to point out this series deals in the hypothetical, but it’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?last_img read more

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Ninth At Roy Griak Invitational

first_imgDrake Individual Women’s Results6 kilometers – 201 runners110. Bailee Cofer, 24:09.2111. Morgan Garcia, 24:10.1122. Mykaela Cole, 24:21.1148. Elizabeth Aho, 25:05.5159. Kenzi Mente, 25:21.0160. Millie Bretl, 25:22.7174. Olivia Rogers, 25:55.0 Print Friendly Version The Drake women were led again by senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) in 110th place with a 24:09.2 finish on the 6-kilometer course that challenged a field of 201 runners. Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa) finished on Cofer’s heels in 111th place with a time of 24:10.1 while fellow sophomore Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) took 122nd place in 24:21.1. Freshmen Elizabeth Aho (Grayslake, Ill.) and Kenzi Mente (Tipton, Iowa) completed the Bulldogs’ scoring in 148th and 160th place, respectively. FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Drake University men’s cross country team recorded a ninth-place finish Saturday morning at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational against some of the top programs in the country. Women’s Results (PDF) Following the Bulldogs’ performance at the Griak Invitational, the Bulldogs will continue training in preparation for their next event, the Bradley Pink Classic, Oct. 13 in Peoria, Ill. Men’s Results (HTML) The men’s team finished with 271 points, ahead of the likes of Wyoming, Arizona State and regional foes South Dakota and North Dakota State in the deep field. Colorado State won the team competition with 47 points. Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) led the men’s effort with a 38th place finish in a 157-runner field. Yeager completed the hilly 8-kilometer course in 26:17.5 followed by freshman Maxmilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) in 49th place in 26:40.3. Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.), Kyle Cass (Deforest, Wis.) and Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) all recorded top-100 finishes in 52nd, 83rd and 100th places, respectively. Men’s Results (PDF) Women’s Results (HTML) Colorado State’s Jerrell Mock won the men’s race in 24:52.0. Drake’s women’s team finished 17th of 18 teams as competitors faced grueling course and inhospitable heat and humidity that forced alterations to the race schedule. Story Links Drake Individual Men’s Results8 kilometers – 157 runners38. Josh Yeager, 26:17.549. Maxmilian Fridrich, 26:35.552. Kyle Brandt, 26:40.383. Kyle Cass, 27:26.8100. Matt Cozine, 28:02.5125. Xavier Lechleitner, 29:15.5126. Joe Romain, 29:17.5128. Kurt TeBeest, 29:22.1 San Francisco, ranked No. 8 in the nation, won the women’s team event behind Weronika Pyzik’s first-place individual finish in 21:09.2.last_img read more

Redwoods men’s basketball lets one slip away in last-second loss to Shasta College

first_imgEureka >> Justin Mora leaned back against the wall next to his team’s bench, his head fully pressed against the concrete. The look on his face and the gritting of his teeth pretty much summed what had just took place in the closing moments a few minutes earlier.The Corsairs had just let a valuable Golden Valley Conference win — as well as the chance to start 2-0 in league play for the first time in three years — slip right through their fingers.Not even a ball randomly rolling out from behind …last_img

Life comes full circle for chef Lentswe Bhengu

first_imgThe former financier turned chef will be accompanying the Brand South Africa team to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting. Host of the popular Africa on a Plate TV series, Lentswe will be introducing guests at a Brand South Africa hosted dinner in Davos to the flavours of Mzansi.Chef, former banker, MC and a man who believes in giving back, Lenstwe Bhengu believes that following your dreams is the only way to fulfilment. He left the security of his high powered career in finance to study the culinary arts. As he told BONA magazine, “The thought of walking away from a comfortable job to start something new was scary and exciting at the same time. However, I knew that I had ignored my dream for a long time. So, in 2011, I quit my job and enrolled into a culinary school.”He trained at the prestigious The Culinary Academy in the Cape Winelands before working in prominent kitchens like the Savoy Cabbage, The Roundhouse, Saucisse Deli. Despite the long hours and demanding environment Bhengu knew he had made the right choice.He has been cooking since he was eight, following his mother around the kitchen. One of his prize possesions is a blank recipe book he received from her. “My mom told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it. told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it.”“I spoke to my dad and he said to me if you can’t tick yes to all the boxes in your life, that’s what you should change and that’s when I embarked on this journey,” on making the change from finace to food. (Image: Lenstwe Bhengu)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Proverbs 3:27 at work as Ohio agricultural relief efforts head to Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. That is the very clear message from Proverbs 3:27.It can’t be certain this verse is top of mind for the many in Ohio’s agricultural community who are dropping what they are doing to donate, travel, work, and serve their fellow farmers across the country, but they certainly are demonstrating it.Terrible flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri has left farms swamped and devastated generations of work on the land in recent weeks. One Ohio group of six tractor-trailers and 11 trucks and trailers filled with food, clothes, hay, feed, and hygiene products donated from farmers, businesses and church leaders from the Norwalk, Monroeville, Ashland, and Mansfield areas left earlier this week for Verdigre, Neb. An additional group from Ohio plans to leave next week. Another group leaves March 29 in an effort being organized by Greg and Rose Hartschuh in Crawford County through Ohio’s Rural America Relief.“Last week we were watching these videos from Nebraska and the bomb cyclone with snow and blizzard-like conditions and rain and ice chunks with flooding and saw a lot of people hurting out there,” Rose said. “A lot of places just looked like an ocean. It is on a day-by-day basis. Every day they are opening up more roads. I read a story about a farmer out there. It usually takes him 20 minutes to get to his cattle but now he is going 200 miles round trip just to take care of his cattle.”The Hartschuhs decided it was in their power to act, and this is not the first time.“In 2017 wildfires ravaged Kansas and Oklahoma and that part of the country and my husband and I wanted to do what we could to help. It kind of snowballed from there and we ended up organizing quite a bit of hay and a good group of volunteers to head out,” Rose said. “We started kicking around the idea again. Should we do something? It took a little longer to decide this time because it did end up being a pretty big effort last time. We learned a lot from Kansas. From the beginning we said we are going to help but we are going to do it in a different way. One of the differences is that hay is harder to come by in Ohio this time. We also know that fuel costs for hay are expensive to haul it across the country.”The Hartschuh group will include 10 trucks and trailers filled with supplies and 30 volunteers going to help lend a hand.“Fencing is a huge need, as well as just people to help. They are talking about corn stalks a couple of feet deep in some areas. All of that is going to have to move before they can even think about planting,” Rose said. “We set up several different drop-off locations around the state for supplies and of course you can always give cash. Nebraska Farm Bureau has a relief fund set up and that money goes directly to the farmers impacted. Our group is also taking cash and we’ll use that to help defray our travel costs. We are estimating our costs will be around $5,000. If there is anything left we will give it to the Nebraska Farm Bureau fund.”Included in the group are six senior FFA students from Wynford.“They are really going to have a unique experience,” Rose said. “This is the kind of trip that can really change your perspective on a lot of things.”The group is meeting in Tiffin early March 29 and headed west on I-80/90 to Schuyler, Neb. On Saturday, the supplies will be delivered to the North Bend, Neb. area. Volunteers will help with cleanup over the weekend and return to Ohio on Monday.Those interested in donating to the effort can go to PayPal to ohiosruralamericarelief@gmail.com or use the link: https://PayPal.me/RuralAmericaRelief. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Rural America Relief and mailed to 6348 Parks Road, Sycamore, OH 44882. Any funds that are left after the trip will be donated directly to Nebraska Farm Bureau. Follow along this weekend on the Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Facebook page.Hats off to those willing to act when they have the power to do so and carry out the spirit of Proverbs 3:27.last_img read more

Screw The New iPods: We Need Better Music Players

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts The new iPods Apple announced on Wednesday are totally adorable. They come in all kinds of cute colors, and the Nano has new bouncy candy icons. They’ve been “completely renanoed” and “engineered for maximum funnness.” No, really, they’re nice. But you know what we didn’t get and will probably never get? A 500GB iPod. I, for one, am not content with renting music. I understand the usefulness of a light, little music player with only your workout music on it. I actually love the new Nano, with its FM radio and podcast support. It’s a great secondary device. But the revamped iPod Touch is a different story. The notion of an iPod that’s dependent on the cloud is troubling.It’s fantastic that you can easily buy and download music onboard the device. But if the iTunes Store or streaming services are the only sources – and especially if the device only holds a small amount of local music – then Apple expects users to give up their freedom. That may sound overly earnest, but to me, freedom of music is a basic human right.I feel the tide of music marketing turning in favor of a kind of convenience that worries me greatly. The evolving alliance between music publishers and hardware manufacturers asks listeners to be content to not own or organize their own music collections, to let streaming services decide what they can hear. Consequently, low-storage, Internet-connected devices are crowding out personal libraries.I’m all about online music discovery. The Web is the greatest thing that ever happened to the distribution of music. It’s the rental of bits that scares me.Who Are The Brain PoliceThe music industry thinks it has found a winning formula by using the convenience of siloed streaming to create musical scarcity. I look at my friends who use Spotify and Rdio, not to mention Pandora with its insipid commercials, and I reckon that maybe it has.But even though those friends can send me links to the songs they like, I can’t have them. We can’t have the hard drive parties we used to, where a friend could give you years worth of new music to discover, and you could keep it forever. The record labels say that’s stealing. I blow my nose at them.  In the streaming silo world, music that isn’t on the service doesn’t exist. Guess what? There’s a lot of music that doesn’t exist. If you can’t find that music and add it to your main libraries, it’s as good as lost.Yes, some services offer “cloud lockers” that will hold any music you put in them. But being dependent on an Internet connection is still a shackle. Maybe you think a couple playlists of offline storage is enough, but that’s certainly not enough for me. Digital technology potentially lets me indulge any mood or satisfy any budding curiosity on a moment’s notice. In an increasingly information-driven world, why would I settle for less?I need all my music with me all the time. The 160GB iPod Classic is still available, with the same specs it’s had for years, and I’ve resigned myself that storage limit as an upper bound. But I don’t accept the slow hard drive and crappy hardware that I’ll apparently be stuck with forever.I Might Be WrongI’m willing to grant that I may be an outlier. My 146.68GB of music translates to about 90.8 days, and when I hit the iPod’s limit, I mercilessly cull my library for stuff that isn’t good and delete it forever. I think 91 days is a reasonable limit on the amount of music one person should have in his life. Fine. I surrender.But what if I want a higher-quality experience? 256kbps is not real music. It’s a crude approximation. This is the biggest problem with the state of digital music. Low-bandwith streaming services are finishing the hit job on aural appreciation that started with overly compressed Top 40 radio. At least Apple upgraded the ear buds.If we’re going to keep deep music appreciation around, we need to completely own our collections. Fortunately, according to Steven Levy’s reporting, the true iPod is not going away anytime soon.But it’s not getting any better, either. I don’t care how much it costs. I’d buy a 512GB iPod with flash storage in a second. Music means that much to me. I hope I’m not the only one. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to Create a Better User Experience in Med Tech

first_imgCan IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Tags:#design sprints#GV design#Healthcare#healthcare data#Healthcare systems#Med Tech#UX Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Rudy MutterExecutive Vice President of Technology and Founding Partner at Yeti The healthcare industry is not known for its forward-thinking philosophy on the user experience. Patients, providers, insurers, and others in the field are used to navigating complicated menus, outdated designs, and clunky forms. Everyone from the primary care physician to the pharmacy tech seems to use a unique interface — and users get caught in the crossfire.UX design in healthcare has a tremendous opportunity to grow. The bar is so low that even minor improvements could go a long way toward happier users.For instance, a new price transparency law asks healthcare organizations to publish information in a format that’s easy for both humans and machines to consume. This law came into being because some healthcare UX was so bad that people couldn’t tell whether healthcare companies were intentionally misleading users or just using poor design.Users of healthcare systems should not have to wonder whether their experiences are hostile or merely inept.The healthcare user deserves smart, simple systems they can navigate with ease. When a patient is accessing the system, they are often under a great deal of stress requiring a savvy yet simple intuitive site. Here are three ways UX designers can bring positive, user-focused change to the healthcare world:1. Build user personas and empathy maps.All product developers feel the temptation to take the easy route and create one product for many different users and audiences. However, products designed for everyone inevitably become products that work for no one.Think about the software you last used to book a doctor’s appointment. Was it an annual checkup? Were you ill and scheduling time with a specialist? Were you making an appointment for someone else?Factors like these contribute to user personas, and user personas dictate good product design.You can take user personas to a deeper level using empathy maps. For instance, a sick person might not be thinking clearly due to illness, so the designer should consider those challenges when creating the UX.Personal challenges play a huge role in healthcare, but unfortunately, the healthcare UX rarely reflects that knowledge. By digging further into the needs and perceptions of your target users, you can make much more informed product decisions.Pediatric Associates of Stockton understands its users. Rather than ask staff to call lists of patients to remind them of appointments, this provider switched to an automated texting and emailing system. The audience appreciates the timely communications, and the practice noticed a significant decrease in no-shows after the change.2. Make a GV design sprint.Google Ventures (GV) design sprints are a useful new product design, and also works well for existing products and features. If something isn’t working well, receives poor feedback, or just needs reimagining — a GV design sprint is an ideal solution.When researchers from Forrester evaluated IBM Design Thinking (a design sprint similar to GV), they discovered that teams were far more effective with the sprint than without this useful tool. The speed of design-execution doubled, alignment times dropped by 75 percent, and development and testing time fell by a third.Let’s say you have a piece of software that’s used to view the results of blood tests and labs. You would likely be making a design sprint on a specific aspect of what is expected for a large product. This sprint would need to consider the users, the particular scenarios for interaction, and the delivery of results.Designing this sprint would involve speaking to users, performing quick foundational work, and brainstorming some quick prototype solutions to address the problem.Depending on your experience with GV design sprints — you could either follow the process to the letter or adjust — or hand out pieces to finish for each of your team. Design sprints are a useful tool in the modern UX tool belt, yet I suspect that many healthcare software teams fail to utilize them properly. If more teams ran these exercises on their existing products, they could come up with a slew of great UX ideas.3. Perform thorough user testing.People are at the heart of every product with a great UX. Healthcare products should be more people-oriented than most, but how much time do healthcare product teams spend on researching, interviewing, and testing their software with real users? In my experience, the answer is either not as much as they should or not at all.Imagine working on a flexible spending account (FSA) product that requires users to enter receipts to be reimbursed for healthcare expenses.You’d want to implement a new feature that allows the mobile application to scan the receipt and pull important details to pre-fill the reimbursement form. In a user-first environment, you would run the first user testing session after the initial low-fidelity mockup. Users would try to perform a task and tell you how they would accomplish it — not the other way around.By testing before you get involved with code or visual-heavy mockups, you can start making improvements and save time that would be wasted later in the process.Testing like this should occur every couple of weeks throughout the entire process from low to high fidelity, including the functional version at the end. The UX in healthcare needs a user-first refresh. Gaining companywide buy-in for philosophical changes is never easy, especially when it involves extra work upfront.A focus on the UX leads to much better products and savings on both time and budget. Look at your existing products and those products that are in development — then consider how a heavier focus on the UX could help you build better solutions. FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Rudy Mutter is the EVP of technology and a founding partner at Yeti LLC, a product-focused development and design studio in San Francisco. A veteran software engineer, Rudy led development on the “Chelsea Handler: Gotta Go!” app, which was featured on the hit Netflix show “Chelsea Does.” last_img read more