UIEtips: On UX Leadership

Jared Spool

July 5th, 2012

The field of user experience is growing! It’s really quite refreshing to see the number of companies who are starting to view user experience as an essential part of their business strategy. Design skills are in high demand, which is why it’s a great time to be a UX professional.

But something is still missing. Though we are making progress and laying groundwork in large organizations, many UX teams still struggle with getting the necessary time and resources to do their jobs effectively. To continue growing our profession in both influence and in number of good designers, we need to find a sense of leadership.

In today’s UIEtips, we’re reprinting a fabulous UX Magazine article by one of our favorite people, Kim Goodwin. The difference between management and leadership is a great one. Kim believes that UX leadership should contain things such as mentoring and providing vision. Leadership itself is a skill that should be grown along with UX expertise.

Read the article: On UX Leadership

Kim’s vast expertise in the UX world, along with her outstanding presentation skills, is why we’re bringing her back to do daylong workshop at the User Interface 17 Conference in Boston, November 5-7. Her workshop, Using Scenarios to Design Intuitive Experiences is critical for anyone looking to address core design problems. Learn more about her workshop, and the seven others, at UICONF.com

What does leadership in the UX realm mean to you? Share you thoughts with us below.

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