June 14th, 2011
There’s a great scene in the Meryl Streep film, Julie & Julia, where Streep, playing Julia Child, is standing in her kitchen, crying as she cuts up onions. Dozens of onions, in fact, for no other reason than to practice cutting onions. Chefs who want to be at the top of their game do this. They want to improve their knife skills and do that the best way possible, by cutting and chopping.
I find this interesting because most UX professionals I know never practice. Sure, they work hard, gaining experience on each project, which does make them better at what they do.
But working is different from practicing. Practicing lets us step back and really look hard at how we do our job, not just what we produce. It’s a critical component to getting better and most of us don’t do it enough.
In today’s UIEtips, we take a hard look at practicing. We look at different approaches, seeing what people working in other professions use to stay at the top of their game.
Read the article Developing a UX Practice of Practicing.
And don’t miss Dan Brown’s upcoming online seminar on Survival Skills for Design Teams. Dan runs one of the best design teams we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Hear his secrets to ensuring project success by focusing on the critical soft skills. Find out more about Dan’s seminar.Tweet