Archive for the 'Management' topic

Help! Is There a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Room?

In this week’s article I revisit my research on what makes the ideal UX team. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Some of you may know that during the past 16 years, we’ve been researching what makes the ideal UX team. One of our early results is that roles don’t matter, skills do. It doesn’t matter if […]

Who Is on the UX Team?

In this week’s article I revisit the various types of UX teams and who they’re made of. Here’s an excerpt from the article: The first big distinction between the struggling and successful teams was who they considered as part of their team. When we asked folks who was on their team, the members of the struggling teams […]

UIE Article: A Design System isn’t a Project. It’s a Product, Serving Products.

This week, we present an article written by Nathan Curtis encouraging designers and product managers to think of their design systems as the first step to delivering actual business value. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Focusing on style guide delivery as the climax is the wrong story to tell. A system isn’t a project […]

UIE Article: Group Improvisation

This week we reprint an article from Ben Callahan who shares his thoughts on what makes a great team. Here’s an excerpt from the article: If you read through the Kind of Blue liner notes [by Miles Davis] written by pianist Bill Evans, you’ll come across this quote: “Group improvisation is a challenge. Aside from the weighty […]

It’s Safe to Say, I Don’t Know – UX Immersion: Interactions Podcast

Corporate life expects us to be experts, to know the answer to every question. We make “requirements”, which turn out to really be assumptions, but because we never call them assumptions, we never go about testing them. This is as much a social political issue as anything. The higher you are in the organization, the more you’re expected to just know the answer.

UIE Article – What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks

In this week’s article Gerry McGovern talks about organizing tasks. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Top Tasks Management is a model that says: “Focus on what really matters (the top tasks) and defocus on what matters less (the tiny tasks).” Tiny tasks are a nightmare for web teams. On their own, these tasks seem […]

UIE Article: Preventing the Executive Swoop and Poop with Design Sprints

In today’s article, I discuss how to circumvent an unnecessary executive redesign. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Teams who have regular opportunities to meet with, talk to, and most importantly, observe their users turn out better designs. We’ve found if team members spend two hours every six weeks watching their users, they bring that knowledge to their design […]

UX Advantage: Infusing Design Into Our Organizations

Organizations need to approach every problem and decision from a design viewpoint. Jared connects the UX Advantage themes together to form a framework for how we tackle the amazing challenges ahead of us.

How Are You Getting Your Team on the Same Page?

While developing the topics and workshop leaders for this year’s User Interface 20 Conference in Boston, November 2–4, I realized that a general theme was emerging—getting everyone on the same page about your designs. Here’s how each workshop at UI20 contributes to this theme: Marc Stickdorn’s workshop on Service Design: Creating Delightful Cross-Channel Experiences is about […]

What’s the Minimum Viable Product to Design for Success?

Lean UX focuses on research and the minimum viable product. Getting your product in front of customers early in the process lets you test any hypotheses you have about both the product and your customer base. Uncovering misconceptions up front allows you to iterate and pivot to arrive not just at the best design, but […]