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Our philosophy is simple: a book, a discussion, and a community. In small groups, we read and discuss UX and design-related books. We meet once per month in cozy places where we can talk about our book selection with other Kitchener-Waterloo practitioners. We hope you walk away with a refreshing new perspective on your practice, new skills and ideas, and new friends. The books we choose range from directly actionable and applicable to those that are pie-in-the-sky. We're always open to suggestions so let us know what you'd like to read next.

Communitech’s Peer2Peer Network helps professionals in the Waterloo Region tech industry share challenges and lessons-learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles, specialities or functions to exchange advice and best-practices information. Communitech is a not-for-profit organization aimed at helping tech companies start, grow & succeed.

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Creativity Inc

Death Valley's Little Brother

An incisive book about creativity in business and managing creative minds. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as the author, Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” Workshop leads: Rachelle and Tiho

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

From three partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies. Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

Inclusive Design Patterns

Needs a location

We might not realize it, but as developers, we build inaccessible websites all the time. It’s not for the lack of care or talent though — it’s a matter of doing things the wrong way. In the book, Heydon Pickering explains how we can craft accessible interfaces without extra effort — and what front-end design patterns we can use to create inclusive experiences.

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality. In this insightful book, leading advocate Jeff Gothelf teaches you valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques from the ground up—how to rapidly experiment with design ideas, validate them with real users, and continually adjust your design based on what you learn.

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Reflecting on 2018, Planning 2019

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