Take three parts science. Stir in one dash of Monty Python. Add a pinch of Schrodinger's cat and a whiff of Victorian poetry. You still would not be close to incorporating all of the sources that Stephen Fishman brings to his writing. His articles challenge businesses to drop the quantitative metrics, put purpose before profit and to experiment. Find out what Stephen's looking forward to in the new year.
Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? I am a man who is committed to being of service to my community to make business more personal, empathetic and fun while entertaining myself.
What attracted you to your field — and what still excites you about it? IT was more of a fortunate accident than an attraction. UX was almost a moral calling in that I could not find inner peace without improving how technology presented itself to people.
What still excites me is discovering that UX and IT are just becoming aware that when they are both collaborating to make businesses more human, they are at their best. UX and IT are the levers that are helping to bring purpose-centric startups to life where professionals of all disciplines can reach new levels of self-actualization. DevOps is amongst the most exciting of areas for me because it is an IT discipline motivated by the same ethos as UX.
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? Professionally: Leading my team and my enterprise to create a business-critical enterprise API that currently serves more than 10 million requests per day and is on track to triple in 2014.
Personal: supporting my wife and daughters as they live into their dreams.
What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? Both personal and professional: to become a better master of myself and my own predispositions.
What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? Two stories:
1) The trend of the business community rediscovering the value of philosophy and the humanities.
2) The continuing trend of business technology trends invading public sector organizations (open source, cloud computing, public data APIs).
What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? For the past 25 years my New Year's resolutions have always been to "always remember it's only work" and to "eat more Ding Dongs." I have not eaten a single Ding Dong in more than 25 years, but I have been very successful at treating work as play.