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Successful digital products and experiences start with a solid understanding of your users. UX Designers do more than make things look beautiful - they're the key storytellers on a product team, which can create more loyal, productive and satisfied users for their client's product.
If you're a UX Designer, Project or Product Manager, how do you work with a client's UX feature list to ensure they're building what they really need? What if they might actually need something different than what they asked for? How do you build successful relationships with your clients while negotiating a common understanding of what a great user experience looks like for their product? How do you plan and execute the project to achieve a highly satisfying result for your client?
This month's user-friendly Girl Geeks is all about delivering the right user experience for a product – and all the bumps along the way – coming from a woman who has risen through the ranks and seen it all.
Introducing our esteemed speaker:
Twitter @MoragJ (https://twitter.com/MoragJ)
Morag's 19-year UX career has included stints as an independent contractor and as a five-years plus dedicated employee at both small and large organizations, both client side and agency side. Most recently, Morag was the Director of User Experience Design for New Product Development at Rogers Communications.
She has delivered both award winning and run-of-the-mill user experiences across the financial, retail, online training, travel, publishing, broadcast, and telecom industries.
In every organization she has joined, she has created the central User Experience team. She lives to bring together diverse individuals to create outstanding results.
Understanding Client Dynamics
The stated goal of nearly every digital project is to deliver an outstanding digital experience. We often then jump from the brief directly to UX design work.
There are a couple of big gaps present in that approach. First, overtly developing a common understanding of what is meant by "outstanding digital experience" can lead you to a good or even great outcome.
Secondly and more fundamentally, understanding the client's state of mind going into the project can get you to an even better outcome and a higher likelihood of repeat business; namely, what's really their objective beyond the one that's been shared with you? Who's been assigned to this project?
Morag will share some client insights and management techniques that she wishes she'd known when she started out.
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SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask):
You: What time do the presentations start?
Us: Doors open at 6:30pm and we begin the talks at 7:00pm.
Before and after the talks, there are opportunities for conversations, and the enjoyment of refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.
You: Hors d'oeuvres, you say? Is there dinner?
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