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  1. Alan Dennis
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    After reading this post, I’m left wondering if I am somehow missing the point. I’m betting that I probably am.nnI trust my gut to a point – but I depend on my teammates (developers and others) to attack my intuition and challenge it. Through their challenging of my ideas, my ideas get stronger. I encourage all members of an organization to attack the hell out of my intuition. Sometimes I’m wrong and that leads me to getting even better ideas.nnOn top of that, when I have a gut reaction, I almost always try to figure out how my brain got there. Intuition is valuable, I don’t deny that, but for me to know how best to act on it, I need to try to understand it. For me to communicate effectively with my team about it, I need to try to understand it. If I can’t explain why something would be better one way than another way, that’s a good indicator to me that I need to investigate further.nnSo yeah, I’m really thinking that I am missing the point. I, like you, learn something new every day, even though I’ve been doing this 5 years. I believe a large part of that learning is directly because I constantly challenge my gut and encourage those around me to challenge my ideas as well.nnI think I trust in my ability to get to the right ideas, more than I trust that I have the right idea at any given moment. Does that make sense?

    1. Lis Hubert
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      This makes total sense indeed…. great points. I specifically like when you are talking about trying to think “why” your gut is telling you something. I would echo that point. I’m not saying that we should just trust our guts and not think, but I’m thinking more along the lines of your gut is telling you something, stop and listen. That point did not come across in the post, so thank you so very much raising them here in the comments!

  2. Jeff Gothelf
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    Gut instinct plays a crucial role in design and UX. It’s a tough one to sell to stakeholders though I believe this is solved through credibility. Early on in an engagement with a client/employer we need to use as many methods as we have at our disposal to “prove” the merit of our work. After you’ve achieved some small wins, the value of your gut instinct gains credibility and you can use it more to explain your designs.nnNice post.nnnI wrote a similarly-themed post here: http://www.jeffgothelf.com/blog/gut-instincts/nn%5BJeff%5D

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