Tag: methodology stuff

In these pages I collect some tips and pointers about doing research and innovation and the associated methodology. These pages are a mixture of my own lessons learned after having participated in research and innovation projects since 2001, and collections of pointers to resources that I have found useful in my own research. You should also see my tips on technical writing if you are writing reports or papers.

What goes wrong when students reflect on their research methods

In 2017 Elena and I ran the IT3010 course at NTNU on the topic of qualitative research methods in computer science. This was the first time we had the course run as a realistic run-up to a research conference with papers presented by students. The last deliverable in the course was a reflection report where each student was asked to reflect on the who process. Here I want to summarize some tips to students after having graded this last deliverable.

So you are my student. Now what?

In this blog I describe how I prefer to cooperate with master and project students that I supervise. These are points that I have collected based on earlier supervision. The goal is to get an A grade for my students! This blog post is under continuous development. Please provide your feedback and suggestions in the comment field below or directly to me. Thanks!

The Discovery of Grounded Theory

I have now, after three months, finished reading this seminal work on qualitative methods by Corbin and Strauss. I have heard this is the book that defined rigor in qualitative research once and for all. I am not surprised at all.

Using documents in social research

Most qualitative research is concerned with oral data. But documents can be equally important in improving our understanding of phenomena. And when it comes to documents, it is not only their content that counts.

Empathic innovation

Are you an innovator? Did you ever make a solution that no one wanted to use? Did you ever reflect on the reason why it happened? If you did, I bet one of the reasons was you lost contact with your users.

Don’t “Just do it” but “Just ship it”

Although Nike uses the slogan “Just do it”, I am becoming increasingly convinced that just doing it is not enough at all. In my own life I am increasingly trying to practice “Just ship it” as the main principle underlying everything I do. It is not easy, but I am on my way.

Technology as intervention: How to best evaluate technology

Evaluate your new technology like doctors evaluate the effect of a new medicine or a new treatment on patients. In this way you will put your users’ problems into focus instead of being guided and biased by your passion for technology.