Yap Labs
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I've been a designer, engineer, and product manager in one fashion or another for over 15 years.  This is a sampling of the projects I've worked on over the years.

Alight Planning

Company: Alight redefines how companies plan by setting standards and best practices embodied in planning software.

Solution: Substantially improved the information architecture and simplified user administration of security policies.

Timeline: Aug 2008 - Dec 2008


Budgeting and reporting are fundamental to pushing responsibility to line managers and facilitating collaboration; however, existing tools fail to provide clear, easy two-way communication between executive vision, budgeting processes and responsible line-managers.

Methods Used

  • Team management
  • SSNiF identification. This process was developed by Philip Haine to help focus designs by forcing every feature to be explained with a stakeholder and situation that informs the need (Stakeholder, Situation, Need, Feature). Ultimately, the needs become the primary focus of the design.
  • Heuristic analysis
  • Wireframes
  • Cognitive walkthroughs


  • Innovative widget design that simplifies complex, but critical workflows
  • Easier and more flexible administration
  • More consistent product experience


The team at Alight Planning was very optimistic about the designed solutions. However, a shift in the company focus left the solution on the shelf awaiting development resources. Because the final results of the project were never released, I’m unable to share the details of this design.