Here we are with our latest edit of TAB Updates - issue 21.

Below you will find all the latest from Team TAB - from a perspective on this year's Google I/O, to producing more accurate estimations - plus some great finds from across the web on AI and chatbots.


Daniel Joseph, The App Business


Rise of the machines

Every year, thousands head to Google I/O to glimpse the future, and anticipate the next big thing in technology. This year, it was abundantly clear that Google is doubling down on machine learning. Check out this quick overview from Senior Android Engineer, Swav Kulinski, as he recaps Google I/O's hottest topic.

Swav Kulinski | 6 minute read

Make your estimations more accurate

Estimating the work to be done in software development is no mean feat. Architecture Owner, Khalil Dimachkie, breaks down the importance of accounting for risk when producing work estimations. Using t-shirt sizing as his example method, Khalil underlines the importance of weighing technical risk against predicted effort to create more accurate assessments of the work to be done.

Khalil Dimachkie | 8 minute read

Incorporating desk diversity in your work workspace

Agile Coach, Christina Ohanian, is back with the third piece in her series examining practical ways to make your space work harder to foster collaboration and creativity.

This post elaborates on 'desk diversity', and how it can be just the ticket when it comes to moving tasks forward and upping your team's efficiency - simply by ensuring you're working alongside the right people at the right times.

Christina Ohanian | 4 minute read


TAB Strategist, Jean-Francois Hector, will be talking all things ODI at the OCC Customer-Driven Innovation Day later this month, and we'll be at the Visa Collab Pit Stop event in Berlin, for challenger Banks and AltFi - if you're going, don't forget to say hi!


Inside OpenAI: Elon Musk’s wild plan to set artificial intelligence free

Wired's Cade Metz delves deep into Elon Musk’s non-profit AI research company, which describes its mission as advancing '...digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, rather than harm, whilst being unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.' Snappy. Check out OpenAI in more detail here.

Cade Metz | 18 minute read

Principles of bot design

Despite plenty of excitement around chatbots, it can still be a little unclear as to how conversational UIs can be made to work in a practical sense. Intercom's Director of Product Design, Emmet Connolly, recently put out a great article that helps push past the hype, and design things people will actually want to use every day.

Emmet Connolly | 6 minute read

Health and humanity: what it means to design in healthcare

As technology is integrated with healthcare, the products on offer often seem to ignore the fundamental truth that healthcare is personal. However, continuing with the theme above, conversational UI could improve how people use technology to stay healthy. Check out Travis Alber's summary of thoughts on the impending intersection between health, tech and conversational UI.

Travis Alber | 17 minute read

Designing a new look for Instagram, inspired by the community

Ian Spalter, Head of Design at Instagram, sheds light on the inspiration behind the app’s redesign and talks about the challenges of honouring Instagram’s identity while reflecting its growth, going so far as to say that '...the Instagram icon and design was beginning to feel, well… not reflective of the community, and we thought we could make it better.'

Ian Spalter | 5 minute read


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