November 17th, 2008
The User Experience world is filled with many disciplines: information architecture, user researcher, interaction design, copywriting, and visual design — to name just a few. Each of these disciplines have a rich history, a deep knowledge base, and an extensive tool set. Each takes a lifetime to master.
While the successful team needs all of these disciplines, there are more of them than most teams have members. This creates a challenge as teams need to spread the experience, knowledge, and skills across multiple team members, turning them from specialists into generalists.
In today’s UIEtips article, I share some of our recent findings in how teams make the call: when should they hire a specialist and when will a generalist work better? Whether you’re a team manager or someone looking to direct their career choices, I think our findings will interest you.
Read the article – Ideal UX Team Makeup: Specialists, Generalists, or Compartmentalists.
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