- Agile Alliance 2019 UX Track Happy Hour (Washington DC edition)
Join us for a field trip! The annual Agile Alliance conference is one of the oldest and largest, dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. This is where the Agile tribes meet! Since the AED leadership is helping to chair the UX track, we’ll be hosting an unofficial happy hour down in Washington D.C.! If you’ll be in town, please join us for the AA UX track Happy Hour; it's a chance to meet speakers, UXers, and other friends at the beginning of the conference (so you'll have some familiar faces for the rest of the week). We'll informally gather at the Belevedere Lobby Bar.
- SUMMER AED MEET-UP DINNER
The Agile Experience Design meetup is hosting a community dinner for leaders of product and UX teams, who would like to discuss furthering their craft and best practices for product development. Please reach out if you're interested in joining us for dinner and drinks while having a conversation with your peers on topics like growth, Agile, Lean, product strategy, product operations, designOps, and mentorship. Spots are limited, so please join the waitlist if you're interested. Please note dinner will *not* be sponsored.
- Conflict Resolution for Agile Teammates Who Hate Conflict
The best agile teams thrive on conflict, embracing it will help you have more productive sprints—and a better product. This isn’t just for scrum masters, it’s for everyone on the team. If you’ve ever needed to have a tough conversation with someone but the thought of doing it stressed you out, this talk is for you. Maybe it’s for a teammate who drastically overstepped. Or possibly you've wanted to bring up a problem at work and don't know how to approach it. Maybe your product owner constantly interrupts you and undermines your credibility. Please join us as Californian, dog-lover, and Pivotal designer, Josh Mauldin (@joshuamauldin), offers help by giving you tools you can use to navigate sticky situations. The approach he’ll share is based on building and maintaining psychological safety by employing tactical empathy and other concepts. He's used and refined these techniques in conflict himself—and also coached others through conflicts using these same techniques. By attending this talk, you’ll learn a framework that provides powerful, practical techniques for handling almost any scenario you’d find yourself in—we'll even talk through real life examples. At the end of the talk, you’ll walk away with tools you can use immediately. They’ll help you get your message across clearly without the conversation (or you) going to pieces. Takeaways - Learn a tactical framework to prepare for and have tough conversations - Know how to maintain psychological safety for both sides so you can keep talking even if it goes sideways - Understand how to get to the heart of the issue by asking the right questions - Gain an understanding of when it’s not worth it to continue and how to proceed after that
- NYC UX Holiday Party 2018
NOTE: To attend, you *MUST* purchase a ticket at EventBrite. RSVP'ing for this meetup is not enough (though we appreciate it)! Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-design-community-holiday-party-2018-tickets-53100323497 --- Get your party hats ready... it's time to celebrate! In a holiday tradition, the Agile Experience Design Meetup is again happy to partner with the IXDA NYC and our friends at UXPA NYC for the annual NYC UX Holiday Party. Come and share your stories with friends old and new. Connect with our sponsors about new opportunities for the future. This event is open to everyone, but you must purchase a ticket. Space is limited; please only RSVP if you know you can attend. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided.
- Leading Innovation & The Silence Experiment
Coming out of the August break, we’re starting autumn with a double header. Balanced Team and the Agile Experience Design Meetup are joining forces to present two great talks. First, we’ll hear from Sense & Respond Press’ author Ryan Jacoby on Leading Innovation. After that, Chris Corriere, visiting from Atlanta, will lead the Silence Experiment, a workshop where we’ll build artificial limbs for refugee amputee in total silence as a meditation on how and when we communicate. This evening of learning and conversation is for practitioners who want to stimulate their minds and re-imagine how to build teams that are productive, efficient, creative and produce innovative products. Agenda - 6:00 - 6:30 Arrive / Mingle / Network - 6:30 - 7:15 Leading Innovation : Taking Responsibility for Progress (Ryan) - 7:15 - 7:20 Segue (Jonathan Berger & Emerson Taymor) - 7:20 - 8:30 Silence Experiment (Chris) - 8:30 - 8:45 Final networking and depart for a nearby bar Leading Innovation : Taking responsibility for progress If you’re accountable for innovation and new product development in your organization, it’s likely your job description doesn’t cover what you actually have to get done. At the same time, you might face headwinds within your organization or with investors. Ryan, a practitioner and the author Making Progress: The 7 responsibilities of innovation leaders, will share advice to help you overcome these obstacles based on his work over the years in the innovation and product trenches. Situations like - Battling the “I’m not sure what they do over there, nice office space though” perception - Avoiding the “hey are we working on AR?” executive cocktail party project brief - Kickstarting post-it note inundated and frozen teams - Surviving to keep working on the most important problems About Ryan Jacoby Ryan Jacoby is the founder of MACHINE, a strategy and innovation company that helps its clients Think Big and Act Small. Ryan has been a Venture Partner at the Collaborative Fund, a venture firm based in New York City, and taught in the IxD Masters program at the School of Visual Arts. The Silence Experiment : Taking responsibility for breath If you’re accountable for anything in your organization, you have to communicate with others to get things done, but it’s likely your job description doesn’t cover how. At the same time, you might face the headwinds of navigating a bevy of modes: email, slack, ad-hoc conversations, meetings. How do you choose? Why do we privilege some modes over others? Why do we talk? How useful is it? Let's make products in silence and find out how talking both benefits and stifles collaboration. In the first half of the Silence Experiment session, teams build prosthetic hands for charity in complete silence, noting on post-its each time they have the urge to speak. In the second half, we will look at what you wanted to say and what really happened instead. Outcomes are reviewed as a group, facilitated by affinity mapping all the post-it notes made during the session. We’ll pay particular attention to evaluating our model of collaboration and deep diving on the things people still felt like they wanted to say–did they really? What happened when they couldn't? How did that affect the outcome? About Chris Corriere Chris has been working in IT since he was in middle school. These days he’s a full fledged DevOps convert, helping teams focus on tools and culture above and beyond development and operations work. You can learn more about his center of practice at Ecology Computing http://www.ecology-computing.comor read Rugged Baselines for Cybernetic Systems http://www.chriscorriere.com/rugged-baselines-handout.pdf
- Panel: Facilitating Decisions of Consequence
Part 3 in our series "All Decisions Are Design Decisions" (Parts 1 & 2 are not required content for this panel!) In our series so far, we've covered facilitating decisions on your team and scaling decision making across a company. Next, we want to talk about the big, meaty decisions, that go all the way to the top of the organization. It’s one thing to make tactical decisions and tacks, but what does it look like to shepherd through decisions of consequence? When the product rides on the new design? When the company rides on the new product? We’re in the deep water now: more attention, more voices in the room higher stakes. How can your design toolkit help you through? Amidst all the competing factors of politics, opinions, evidence, and history, how can you help your organization stay true to the user, the integrity of the product, and to a validated-learning approach? Join us as our panel swaps stories and shares best practices around making the big decisions (and seeing them through). Our panelists: Lane Goldstone, Agile UX coach and Founder of Brooklyn Copper Cookware Rick Winslow, Head of Innovation, Capital One Commerical Bank Kris Andrews, Design Director, Teachers Pay Teachers
- A Tale of Two Decisions: Scaling Design Decisions
***Part 2 of our 3-part series: "All Decisions Are Design Decisions"*** Making big decisions in companies of any size is a daunting task. How do you get buy-in across an organization? How do you educate other members of the organization? What scenarios work best for a top-down decision? How can you make a bottom-up decision truly work? This month’s talk features two speakers who have experienced this first hand. In a dueling piano back-to-back format, Giff Constable will share his story of how a big decision was made from the top down, and Dave Masters will share a tale of a bottom-up decision making progress. Each story will be from a real-life case study, sharing the pitfalls and successes and how the decision was successfully permeated across the organization. ------------ Giff Constable runs product and engineering at Axial, a fintech startup connecting buyers and sellers of small to medium sized businesses. Previously, he was CEO of Neo, a product consulting company that pushed the envelope on how lean, agile and design thinking can co-exist. Dave Masters has been doing some form of product management for the past 13 years. He currently leads the Renters and Owners experiences for Realtor.com. ------------ Stay tuned for Part 3 of our decision-making series later in June! We'll be talking about facilitating decisions of consequence. Get amped.
- Facilitating Design Decisions with Your Team
***Part 1 of our 3-part series: "All Decisions Are Design Decisions"*** Our first part in this series focuses on facilitating decision making at the team level: Design is all about decision making. From the highest level strategy to the most minute UI tweaks, we are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating how best to meet the intended goals. As a designer, you may be the best person on the team to make a lot of those decisions, but given the complexities of business goals and tech constraints, the most effective designers bring their team into the design process early and often, to get their knowledge, feedback, and buy-in. This workshop will give you tools to facilitate decision making around design in a way that's both efficient and collaborative. We'll work in small groups on a hypothetical project. First, we'll set up the problem we're trying to solve and the goals. Next, we'll diverge, stretching ourselves to come up with many ideas in a short time period. Finally, we'll explore a few techniques to converge, and decide next steps. Throughout, we'll offer tips to make the process smooth when you take it back to try it out with your own team! ------------ Linda Joy and Francisco Hui will lead the workshop. They discovered the power of effective meeting facilitation at Pivotal Labs, where they worked with a wide range of clients. Now they're working as product designers at Teachers Pay Teachers, applying those skills to new teams, environments and products! ------------ Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of our decision-making series! We'll examine approaches to scaling decision making across an organization and facilitating decisions of consequence. Get amped.
- Panel: Inside the UX Hiring Manager's Mind
Understanding the user is core to any UX practice, but when it comes to designing one's own portfolio or résumé, designers are often in the dark about the needs and goals of their key audience: hiring managers. Join us for a panel discussion with a group of folks who have spent a lot of time on the other side of portfolios and interviews, and get a better understanding of their hiring strategy, their approach to assessing candidates, what delights them and what ticks them off! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The panelists: Jen Cardello Head of DesignOps, athenahealth http://jencardello.me Jen heads up DesignOps at athenahealth, working with a team of roughly 100 UX professionals located in 4 locations. She has spent 20 years helping organizations utilize human-centered design to gain business advantage and ensure end-user value. Prior to joining athenahealth, she was a director at Nielsen Norman Group, conducting user research, consulting, and teaching courses worldwide on topics including persuasive web design, information architecture, navigation, web analytics, and web-based social strategies. -- Nicole Cadoret VP Design, Blink Health blinkhealth.com A leader in product design and ecommerce, Nicole has more than 15 years design experience across startups, consultancies and agencies. Prior to joining Blink Health, Nicole built the highly-regarded UX team at Quidsi guiding the customer experience for Quidsi's family of 10 websites including Diapers.com and Soap.com. Nicole shepherded her team through the Amazon acquisition and beyond. Before Quidsi, she was partner at the UX consulting firm Modus Associates where she created award-winning experiences for clients like NBC Universal, Comcast, Dow Jones Ventures, and Wyndham Worldwide. In 2002, Ms. Cadoret founded Field Day Design, acquired in 2005. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art. -- Paul Sullivan Associate Director of Product Design, Pivotal Labs pivotal.io/labs -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Agenda: 6:30 to 7:00pm - Space opens, Meet & Greet. 7:00 - 8:00 - Panel discussion
- NYC UX Holiday Party 2017
NOTE: To attend, you *MUST* purchase a ticket at EventBrite. RSVP'ing for this meetup is not enough (though we appreciate it)! Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-ux-holiday-party-2017-tickets-39822078910 --- It's that most wonderful time of the year: The NYC UX Holiday Party! Once again, we've banded together with a bunch of other design and UX meetups for a giant holiday party! Get ready to join the greater New York UX community as we kick off the holiday season. Last year, it was an amazing SOLD OUT event with over 290 attendees! So join us again this year and come share some UX stories over a drink or two, re-connect with old and make connections anew, perhaps find a new gig for the upcoming year but most of all enjoy some holiday cheer! WHERE Digital Ocean 101 6th Avenue 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013 Map: Map Link WHEN Thursday, December 14th[masked]:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PRICE $15 (Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided) The event is open to everyone, but you must purchase a ticket to attend. IMPORTANT!! Space is limited. Please only RSVP if you know you can attend. Cancellations: Please e-mail the event coordinator ([masked]) as soon as you know you cannot use your ticket. We'll release your ticket to one of your fellow practitioners and generate good UX karma for all involved