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The Right Way to Select Technology, An Excerpt

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Tony Byrne and Jarrod Gingras’s new book, The Right Way to Select Technology, available now from Rosenfeld Media.After establishing a solid business case, enterprises will typically turn to assembling the oft-dreaded “requirements document”—or more accurately, a set of documents, spreadsheets, and diagrams that compose a multiheaded requirements package. Large requirements packages actually provide a false...

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Considering Open Source Licenses

So you have a project that you want to use open source tools to create—well, I tip my hat off to you as a developer. But do you know the questions you need to answer before you get started? What stage of development is your project in right now? Have you finished the planning phase? Are you going to work with a team? Will the project be split up into...

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Dwelling On The Past: The Importance Of Project Retrospectives (Part 1)

    We should always look for opportunities to grow and improve. Retrospectives and reflections allow you to codify what you’ve learned from experience, to document mistakes and avoid future ones, and to increase your potential to grow in the future. Agile methodologies typically include time for retrospectives throughout a project. Regardless of your methodology, all teams would benefit from having a retrospective at the conclusion of a project.The post...

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UX Meets MBA: What Happens When A Designer Goes To Business School

    If great design can imbue customers with trust, why are designers so removed from product management and the larger business strategy? As a VP of UX with an MBA, I strive to bring both worlds together to create a new model in which user experience and design align with overall business strategy and company vision to drive increased revenue and customer engagement. As the Internet became commercially viable,...

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Becoming A Better Facilitator

    Facilitation in the broadest sense means helping or enabling people to achieve a positive outcome. It's an important and often under-appreciated skill for designers and other UX professionals to gain. It's especially important as more teams embrace lean UX practices, which shift emphasis away from big deliverables toward facilitating outcomes such as continuous discovery and shared understanding. Any kind of working session or meeting in which design decisions...

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Developers “Own” The Code, So Shouldn’t Designers “Own” The Experience?

    We've all been there. You spent months gathering business requirements, working out complex user journeys, crafting precision interface elements and testing them on a representative sample of users, only to see a final product that bears little resemblance to the desired experience. Maybe you should have been more forceful and insisted on an agile approach, despite your belief that the organization wasn't ready? Perhaps you should have done...

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Careers in UX: How different organizations approach user experience design

As the field of UX has grown, the number of places someone might end up plying their craft has proliferated. User-centered design (UCD) has made steady progress into industries from cutting-edge startups to tried-and-true retail giants. However, the ways organizations leverage UCD and UX practices varies widely. When looking for a job in UX, the company, team, manager, and even sector, company size, and focus should all factor into finding...

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Client Experience Design

  Let’s be honest: We designers can be difficult to work with. We might come from a controversial company culture, work an unconventional schedule or get impatient whenever our Internet connection is slower than the speed of light. Would you be at ease with a service provider who matches this description? When talking to potential clients, be aware that many will have never solicited a professional design service and likely have...

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Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, I had a coworker named Bob who, when he needed help, would start the conversation in the middle and work to both ends. My phone would ring, and the first thing I heard was: “Hey, so, we need the spreadsheets on Tuesday so that Information Security can have them back to us in time for the estimates.” Spreadsheets? Estimates? Bob and I had never discussed either....

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How To Take Charge Of A UX Kickoff Meeting

  I once worked with a digital agency that didn’t know how to hold a kickoff meeting. And they didn’t even know that they didn’t know. Weeks into every project, they’d simply find themselves frustrated over how they’d ended up in a position of following rather than leading. They would fight to get their good ideas out the door but end up on defence all the time when their clients came...

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