At work people sometimes ask where I get some of the inspiration for the ideas I have. Well like most people I normally just stand on the shoulders of giants and borrow from other peoples creative thinking and skills. I have two main sources - blogs and mailing lists.
Blogs I commonly read (visit the sites to get the feed locations)
- Creating Passionate Users
- Presentation Zen
- Slacker Manager
- A List Apart
- Australian Scrum Community
- Coding Horror
- Joel on Software
- ScottGu's Blog
- The Braidy Tester
- Jensen Harris- An Office User Interface Blog
(P.S. That's not the complete list - You can see all the feeds I subscribe to at share.opml.org)
and Mailing Lists
Other than that I read a fair bit - both fiction and non-fiction - and I'll also typically surf the web for a bit on weekends checking various things out based on whatever is floating around in my head at the time. I suppose what I do when I read anything is think of ways I could apply it to my specific situations. If it's not immediately applicable, I'll file it away in the back of my head in case it becomes useful later on.
After all - theory without practice is just so much hot air.