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Scott Sheppard
Alameda, California
http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/about-the-author.html
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Having worked for large companies like Honeywell, GTE, and Océ, I am a fan of the movie Office Space. So when I first started producing monthly reports for Autodesk Labs, I named my reports the Technology Preview Strategy Report so... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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As a software developer, I would work with: QA team members who would come up with use cases as a way to determine what test cases to create to test the software. Marketing team members who would come up with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at It is Alive in the Lab
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For years, I believed that only very old, full-bodied wines needed to be decanted. Recently, a friend, Peggy McDermott, let me know that it never hurts to decant any red wine. Sure enough, I googled how long to decant wines... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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The mascot of our local high school is the hornet. So I know what those look like in great detail; however, I wondered how different did a yellow jacket look compared to a hornet? So I looked for images on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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In a previous blog article, I mentioned how I was getting back to my programming roots and reading The Principles of Product Development FLOW: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen. I am in the process of reviewing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
Typepad HTML Email When I said “We will get there.” I was referring to the fact that you will see more consistency across Autodesk products and services. I am not claiming that we will implement every request that every customer asks for. In the old days, I might have been the most prolific discussion group poster at Autodesk. I used a network newsreader. It only showed me articles I had not read. I subscribed to tens of groups but could see what was new in a matter of seconds. For posts that I knew the answers to, I immediately replied. For ones that I had no knowledge, I simply marked all as read. It was clean and fast. Then we moved to the http newsgroup that we have now. I gave up trying to be so prolific. I subscribe to the discussion forums on the Autodesk Labs technology previews and only pay attention to those.
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I have a HUGE favor to ask, and it will take only 3 minutes. You can change the lives of 4 Macedonian students (Team AVIS) who are participating in a NASA challenge with a "Don’t crash my drone" project. Their... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
Typepad HTML Email Here is what I think we are going for: http://labs.blogs.com/labs_login_flow.jpg Now the error messages may not distinguish between invalid user name and invalid password, but that should be possible.
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Typepad HTML Email I was merely responding to the fact that you gave me individual accolades when it is indeed a team effort. In addition, when I make a bold statement like “a unified expereince across products,” I know there are 27 things that you could point out that are different. Those will not change overnight, so I said. “We will get there.” As far as one login screen goes, as far as I know, we are not doing that. We are going to have a two-step login process across all properties unless something changes company-wide so that we have one login screen with two fields for all Autodesk properties. Recently, I logged into http://portal.office.com to update my Microsoft Project. When I typed in scott.sheppard@autodesk.com as the user ID, I was reditrected to our Autodesk login process where I typed in sheppas as my user ID and my Autodesk domain password. Apparently I don’t have a separate user ID and password for my Microsoft stuff. I just use my Autdoesk credentials. The weird thing is that this Microsoft site just had one screen with two fields. I had no idea what my Microsoft site password was (because ultiamtely, I did not have one) so I just tried a password I soemtimes use. That turned out to be moot since the correct way to authenticate is to use my Autdoesk credentials. So I was confused by the system’s asking for a password that I did not have. So there is at least one benefit to separating the asking of the user ID from the password.
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Typepad HTML Email All of Autodesk is trying to unify the experience. We are one team. We will get there.
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Typepad HTML Email You would probably be surprised at how limited it is. Autodesk takes personally identifiable information very seriously. For example, when you join a technology preview, your email is added to a list of project members. When I want to contact all of the project members, I use the Centercode platform (what hosts Labs and Betas) to email the users instead of dumping the email addresses from that platform into some other email system. The Centercode platform records some basic information like when you log in. That lets us know who is active on a project versus those who join by never do anything. As a project manager on the labs projects, I have access to the data, but that’s it. I have no view into whatever else you do using your Single Sign-on in terms of discussion forums, Subscription, etc. I’m just the Labs guy. We are trying to unify the Autodesk experience so you are free to move from any Autodesk property (Labs to discussion forums to account management to online help to whatever) to any other Autodesk property and make it consistent and seamless. That will make it easier for users. Believe it or not, I am not trying to answer questions like “72% of Fusion 360 users visited Project Arro and then went and upgraded their 3ds Max subscriptions.” I am not that fancy. I want people to join a technology preview, try it, and then be able to ask them if they liked it (in case they don’t provide the feedback to us on their own). That’s all.
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Typepad HTML Email As you can tell, we’ve been working on it all weekend. All versions of all browsers do not behave the same.
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Project Arro is an Invitation Only Technology Preview. This is not our normal public technology preview because the simulation team is interested in working exclusively with existing Autodesk Simulation users. Project Arro is designed to enable Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Recently, against my better wishes, my wife got me to hang accent lights outside on our patio. To her credit, the result turned out better than I had expected. The Patio Light Project Since we had gone to so much... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
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A while back I wrote a blog post reaching out to It's Alive in the Lab readers to help identify a painting that my daughter saw and liked but could not recall its author. Request for Help Identifying a Painting... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
I am not passing the buck. 1. I support a consistent user experience across all Autodesk products and services. 2. The Autodesk User Experience team determined that a two-step process is the way to go. 3. Shaan and I will work with Centercode to get the changes made to Beta and Labs so that the feedback community site functions the way our User Experience team envisions. 4. Along the way, I wills hare what I know. I wrote this blog article, but I asked the User Experience team "Why two dialogs?" and they told me about integrations with other authentication systems. So I shared that. 5. IMHO opinion, when "Stay logged in" works, and I only have to endure the 2 step process every day or so, I can live with that. I say that, and I log into Autodesk Labs way more than any labs or beta participant ever does.
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Exactly. Labs and Beta were pert of the "phase 1" roll out.
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The focus issues are fixed. Community members can log in without needing to use the mouse - just enter the text and hit return. Our vendor who provides the Labs and Beta platform just needs to add some code to make the "Stay signed in" functionality work. The single sign-on team described that code to Shaan and I on the meeting on the 9th, Shaan logged a request to implement that code with our vendor.
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Autodesk Labs has been in the news recently with: Engineering.com: "The Best of Autodesk Labs" To add a little context to this, I followed that article up with: It's Alive in the Lab: "Why Does Autodesk Have a Labs?" It's... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
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In a previous blog article, I mentioned how I was getting back to my programming roots and reading The Principles of Product Development FLOW: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen. I am in the process of reviewing... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
Typepad HTML Email You’re welcome. I should have done this Friday, but I was in a project review all day.
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Last week, Autodesk made changes to our single sign-on login process that is used for a variety of Autodesk communities such as Autodesk Labs and Autodesk Beta. Users will notice that there is now a 2 step process for accessing... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Typepad HTML Email Send me an image and I will do a blog post. Another person is in the same boat. Scott Sheppard Program Manager Autodesk Labs: It’s Alive in the Lab DIRECT 415-233-9772 MOBILE 480-239-5346 Autodesk, Inc. One Market Street, Suite 500 The Landmark San Francisco, California 94105-5104 www.autodesk.com
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The technology preview of the 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor has been around for some time. Last year, we considered not having the technology preview for Inventor 2016 because Inventor 2016 featured some DWG import improvements. Product Line Manager,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at It is Alive in the Lab
The wrench hanging is fixed: http://labs.blogs.com/2016-05-06%2018.24.04.jpg.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2016 on The Pegboard Project at It is Alive in the Lab
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