Josh Seiden – Lean UX for Enterprise

Sean Carmichael

March 11th, 2015

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Josh Seiden

With the widespread adoption of Agile development methods, Lean UX has grown in popularity in the user experience world. It’s built around small, collaborative, cross-functional teams and is an extremely useful approach for startups and smaller teams. However, challenges arise when trying to adapt it to a larger, enterprise organization.

Josh Seiden, co-author of Lean UX and principal at Neo, believes that even though the Lean UX practice is a natural fit for small organizations, it can work well in any size organization. The main thing is being able to identify the things that you may get hung up on and working through them. In his virtual seminar, Lean UX for Enterprise, Josh talks through some of those “gotcha” moments and discusses how to implement Lean UX tactics.

Josh received a bunch of great questions during the live seminar and he joins Adam Churchill for this podcast to answer some of those.

  • Is there a scenario where your MVP doesn’t have to be version one of your product?
  • How do retrospectives and team agreements factor into the process?
  • What can you do if you have limited access to your customers?
  • Can you have contracts with vendors based on outcomes instead of deliverables or collaboration?
  • What are the issues that arise in two-track Agile?

Recorded: February, 2015
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This is your final chance to register for UX Immersion Mobile and save $350

Lauren Cramer

March 10th, 2015

Here are two reasons why now is the time to register for the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, April 13–15.

One, on March 13 the price goes up $350. Two, some workshops (hint Brad Frost and Jason Grigsby) are filling up fast and likely to sell out.

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in intensive full day, hands–on workshops geared to help you create seamless mobile user experiences.

The speakers make the difference

UX luminaries will give both full–day workshops and featured talks that address pressing UX mobile topics. Additionally, you’ll hear keynote presentations from Jen Simmons and Jared Spool. Here’s a sampling of the workshops.

Brad Frost Theresa Neil Chris Risdon
Brad Frost

Atomic Design

Theresa Neil

Designing Native Apps

Chris Risdon

User Experience

Past attendees say

“Speakers at UXIM are at the leading edge and have broad industry experience; also depth of knowledge and experience.” – Duncan G.

“I was very happy with the format of the workshop – combination of slides/learning and actually doing exercises in a group environment.”
– Tracy D.

“I enjoyed the more intimate group setting and the emphasis on tactics. I appreciated that I took away lots of practical useful information.” – Kim M.

Reserve your spot by March 11 – Save $350

Whether you register for a single day or all three days, you’ll want to lock in the current pricing by March 11. After March 11 the price increases.

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Improve Your Mobile UX with These Six Podcasts

Lauren Cramer

March 6th, 2015

Today we feature the six UX luminaries giving full-day workshops at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 13–15 in Salt Lake City, UT. Each of these podcasts brings insights on how to improve communication and workflow with your team and users.
Brad Frost Building Responsive Interfaces From Atomic Elements
by Brad Frost
A website can be made up of relatively complex pieces. You have multiple pages, images, maybe some JavaScript, and it all needs to come together to create this larger experience. But as with things in nature, it can be broken down even further than that into more “atomic” elements.
Chris Risdon Connecting with Customers through Experience Maps
by Chris Risdon
A customer’s journey may begin on your website or maybe it begins in a physical retail location. But it more than likely won’t end there. Many organizations have a variety of touchpoints where their customers can interact with them. Understanding where, and also when and how a customer is interacting with your product or service is essential to providing them with a great experience.
Theresa Neil Designing Native Apps
by Theresa Neil
Offering a mobile design is essential in today’s web. Having an app, however, can be a hotly contested issue. The cries of, “we need to be in the app store!” are heard coming from corner offices. While having a presence there can be beneficial, you have to determine how to best serve your users, and whether a native app or a web based product is the ideal.
Stephen Hay Structured Content and Responsive Workflows
by Stephen Hay
Responsive web design’s combination of fluid grids and media queries has really changed the design and development process. It’s an elegant way to ensure that one set of code can display appropriately across devices. It is, however, a bit of a problem with large legacy products and waterfall strategies.
Jason Grigsby Real World Responsive Web Design
by Jason Grigsby
Media queries shape and form a web page to display on multiple screen sizes. That’s the core of responsive web design. Users can maintain the same level of experience that they get on the desktop even when they switch to a smaller device. The theory of responsive web design is great, but it’s not a silver bullet. When real world constraints and use cases arise it makes responsive design a bit trickier.
Aaron Gustafson & Jenn Lukas Cross–device Adaptive Design
by Aaron Gustafson & Jenn Lukas
Responsive web design is widely regarded as a must when designing for multiple devices. With just one code base, instead of multiple sites, you can more efficiently make use of your resources. But, how your design looks is only a piece of the overall experience for a user. Having it be able to adapt to different browsers and technology can fully round out the interaction.
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Brad Frost – Building Responsive Interfaces From Atomic Elements

Sean Carmichael

March 6th, 2015

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A website can be made up of relatively complex pieces. You have multiple pages, images, maybe some JavaScript, and it all needs to come together to create this larger experience. But as with things in nature, it can be broken down even further than that into more “atomic” elements.

The human body is made up of various organs and bones but essentially we’re mostly carbon. In a website the purest atomic element is an HTML tag. These tags are the initial building blocks of the web. When you start combining these “atoms” and using them in conjunction with colors and fonts you start to see a larger organism take shape.

Brad Frost has used this analogy to develop his Atomic Design process. Viewing a site as an amalgamation of these individual components helps illuminate where and how content should be structured. It also gives you the flexibility to create these components starting from the atomic level and plug them into an interface while alleviating some of the complexity.

Brad will be presenting one of 6 daylong workshops at UX Immersion Mobile, April 13-15 in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit uxim.co.

Recorded: January, 2015
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Save $650 when you register by 3/12 for the UX Immersion Mobile Conference

Lauren Cramer

March 4th, 2015

Don’t pay more than you have to. Sign up by 3/12 and save

The daylong workshops at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Salt Lake City, April 13–15 will give you skills and techniques to up your mobile UX game.

Use the promotion code UIEBLOG and register by March 12 and you’ll pay $1,525 (instead of the $2,175 on March 13).

You’ll leave knowing how to:

  • Design for touch in ways that support UX across devices
  • Present concepts that convey interactions more effectively
  • Design products faster
  • Work more effectively with developers
  • Create a process and workflow that guarantees success

Explore the detailed workshop descriptions

Jason Grigsby Theresa Neil Chris Risdon
Jason Grigsby

Responsive Web Design

Theresa Neil

Designing Native Apps

Chris Risdon

User Experience

Aaron Gustafson & Jenn Lukas Brad Frost Stephen Hay

Aaron Gustafson & Jenn Lukas

Adaptive Designs

Brad Frost

Atomic Design

Stephen Hay

Optimizing Responsive Workflows

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UIETips: Better Accessibility Needs User Research

Jared Spool

March 4th, 2015

In this week’s UIEtips, we offer an article from Whitney Quesenbery. She teaches us how user research can move the accessibility of your designs from good enough to great.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

If you don’t include people who access technology in different ways in your user research and usability testing, you will never know whether you have created a site that works for them.

Read the article: Better Accessibility Needs User Research

How has your user research improved accessibility? Tell us about it below.

Chris Risdon – Connecting with Customers through Experience Maps

Sean Carmichael

March 4th, 2015

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Chris Risdon

A customer’s journey may begin on your website or maybe it begins in a physical retail location. But it more than likely won’t end there. Many organizations have a variety of touchpoints where their customers can interact with them. Understanding where, and also when and how a customer is interacting with your product or service is essential to providing them with a great experience.

Seamless transitions across channels makes for a great user experience. Whether it’s looking up a product on a mobile device, after seeing it in a brick and mortar store, and then finalizing a purchase later at home on a desktop or any combination of touchpoints, you want to provide the right information in the right context. Mapping out how a customer navigates these points allows you to tailor the experience.

Chris Risdon refers to this as “designing for moments”. He says that while you’re designing for a screen, you can be designing for a feature, layout, or a specific task. But if your product exists across multiple channels the “when” is just as important as the “how”. When you start looking at your product or service and where it fits into a customer’s day, week, or specific moment in time, you can really nail the key moments and deliver greater value.

Chris will be presenting one of 6 daylong workshops at UX Immersion Mobile, April 13-15 in Salt Lake City. For more information visit, uxim.co.

Recorded: January, 2015
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Theresa Neil – Designing Native Apps

Sean Carmichael

March 3rd, 2015

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Theresa Neil

Offering a mobile design is essential in today’s web. Having an app, however, can be a hotly contested issue. The cries of, “we need to be in the app store!” are heard coming from corner offices. While having a presence there can be beneficial, you have to determine how to best serve your users, and whether a native app or a web based product is the ideal.

Theresa Neil has been working in mobile since before the emergence of smartphones. Originally part of the team at Sabre, she’s had experience designing for all manner of portable and non-traditional devices. One of the major advantages of native apps is the ability to use them offline. You also get full access to the sensors within the device, enabling you to provide a richer experience.

Advances in CSS and HTML have made some of the sensors and cameras available for use through web apps. We’re seeing hybridization; web-based apps within their native wrapper. Fixing or updating now becomes much easier since it all lives in code and you don’t have to rely on point releases and the users upgrading the app on their own.

Theresa will be presenting one of 6 daylong workshops at UX Immersion Mobile, April 13-15 in Salt Lake City. For more information visit, uxim.co.

Recorded: January, 2015
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Five Reasons to Attend the UX Immersion Mobile Conference This April

Lauren Cramer

February 26th, 2015

Conquer your mobile design challenges

Attending the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Salt Lake City, UT April 13–15 will be one of the best mobile UX training events you have ever attended. Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. The six workshop topics

Responsive web design, native apps, experiencing mapping, adaptive design, atomic design, and responsive workflows all provide a deep dive on topics necessary to create delightful mobile user experiences. If you’re tackling any mobile design issues, these workshops are sure to address them.

  1. Each workshop leader has more than 10,000 hours of experience

These speakers practice what they preach. Attendees tell us things like, “It was an environment where one could actually have real conversations with experts and meet people in the field.” “The accessibility of the different speakers. I can literally walk up, get a handshake, say hi, and talk.

  1. Meet with your peers to discuss your successes and challenges

UXIM attendees have said, “The workshops and speeches are extremely useful and inspiring.” And “Casual, very welcoming, very professional.

  1. Leave the conference with practical, actionable “stuff”

With your new found learning, you’ll empower your coworkers and clients by sharing great advice, direction, and new skills.

  1. Your learning starts the moment you register

With your registration, you’ll have a year of access to All You Can Learn by UIE. With more than 200 virtual seminar recordings and conference recordings.

  1. BONUS! Get $300 off registration

Use the promotion code UIEBLOG and get $300 off the current full conference price.

Need more convincing?

Watch this video and hear what past attendees had to say.

UIETips: Atomic Design

Jared Spool

February 25th, 2015

In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article from Brad Frost. He explains a methodology for creating design systems called Atomic Design.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

In searching for inspiration and parallels, I kept coming back to chemistry. The thought is that all matter (whether solid, liquid, gas, simple, complex, etc) is comprised of atoms. Those atomic units bond together to form molecules, which in turn combine into more complex organisms to ultimately create all matter in our universe.

Read the article: Atomic Design

How do you use atomic design in your projects? Tell us about it below.