Not Dead Yet — Designing Great Experiences with Bad Data

February 7, 2017 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The world is imperfect. Every “happy path” intersects with dozens of crappy paths caused by typos, technical errors, and data that goes missing, is mis-assigned, adulterated, or is otherwise compromised/ stolen by evil data pirates. While you can’t prevent all data fails, you can avoid catastrophic failures, design graceful recoveries, and even turn the weakest points of your service into a strategic advantage. In short, you can create great services despite bad data.

The impact of data failure can be a humorous accident, minor inconvenience, or completely detrimental. For example, each year, the U.S. government falsely declares over 12,000 people dead due mostly to typos. In sheer percentage this is a rarity of a corner case of an edge case… but for those 12,000 individuals who suddenly lose their social security benefits, health insurance, bank accounts, and can’t easily prove they are alive, it’s catastrophic.

So design for the the edge-case! Understand the weakest points of your service, learn from them, and turn your failures into great experiences.

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