• Next Generation Mixer at SVA

    SVA

    You are invited to SVA IxD’s studio for a night of learning, listening, and providing valuable insight for the next generation of design and research leaders. You will hear about topics that range from voting/civic engagement, to helping small service design businesses in NYC survive and thrive gentrification, to music and multi-sensory design, and possibly test some early prototypes, all while interacting with some amazing students who will deeply value the feedback you can provide from your experience and knowledge as a professional out in the wilds of the design/research world. Following the feedback session, there will be an opportunity to network with the students to share how you might approach and solve for challenges faced when working on a large complex project. About SVA IxD The School of Visual Arts Interaction Design program trains graduate students to research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their business, social, and cultural contexts. In essence, it trains them to be well balanced and multi-disciplinary. They leave the program well prepared to make an impact immediately wherever they take their skillset and generally move into leadership positions within a few years. Throughout the second year of the program, students rigorously research, design, test and iterate until their thesis is prepared for a final presentation. Getting feedback is an essential part of this process. This will be a free event, but we will leave out a donation jar to help cover the costs of refreshments. Hope to see you there for an amazing night! Shane and Lane

  • Collaboration in different worlds

    TransPerfect

    $5.00

    Collaboration in different worlds: a peek at in-house vs consultancy work Collaboration is an essential quality of successful team projects. The way collaboration works in practice often varies depending on the context of work and people involved in the project. What level of structure is necessary? How do the different disciplines interact? What design artifacts are used? How are timelines perceived? How does the team measure success? At our October Meetup, Balanced Team will present a panel discussion to compare and contrast what it’s like to collaborate as part of in-house and consultancy teams. Our featured guests will include: Jess Greco, Idean Adekunle Oduye, Memorial Sloan Kettering Sean Fitzell, Appnexus Darren Apostolik, Chase Please join us for an evening of community and conversation!

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  • Leading Innovation & The Silence Experiment

    Capital One

    $5.00

    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 amputees 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 + Q&A 7:15 - 7:20 Segue by Jonathan Berger & Emerson Taymor 7:20 - 8:30 Silence Experiment 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.com or read Rugged Baselines for Cybernetic Systems http://www.chriscorriere.com/rugged-baselines-handout.pdf

  • Balanced Team Salon with Matt LeMay

    Carbon Five NYC

    $5.00

    Balanced Team is hosting an evening of conversation and community on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 from 7PM to 9PM. We will be joined by Matt LeMay, author of Product Management in Practice (O'Reilly Media, 2017), who will be leading a conversation on agile leadership. The Agile movement has given us a new way to put curiosity, collaboration, and customer-centricity at the heart of our work. But Agile values and practices are often at direct odds with the behaviors and expectations that are rewarded and incentivized by today's organizations. How can we reconcile the lofty goals of Agile with the on-the-ground realities of hierarchy-driven organizations? How do we move beyond the politicking and silo-building that have gotten many organizational leaders to where they are today? And how do we initiate a conversation about Agile that changes both process and culture? Balanced Team experts from NYC and around the country will be on-hand for those interested in learning more. Sponsored by Carbon Five: Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy. We partner with our clients to create exceptional products and grow effective teams. Venue, drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of Carbon Five, located at 65 Greene St, 4th Fl, New York, NY 10012. Check out this Google Map (https://goo.gl/maps/bmEhLGoWWA92) to figure out which way works best for you. About Balanced Team: Balanced Team is a global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation. We’re a self-organizing group that learns from each other as we explore processes and methodologies to do good work with happy teams. We welcome people who wear many hats (design, development, testing, product management, marketing and sales, to name a few). If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – or anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery – we hope you will join the conversation! Learn more about Balanced Team at http://www.balancedteam.org

  • Balanced Team Salon

    Philosophie

    $5.00

    Balanced Team is hosting an evening of conversation and community on June 19th, 2018 from 7PM to 9PM. To facilitate the conversation, we'll follow the Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/) format. The agenda is in your hands, so please bring ideas about things you'd like to learn more about, strategies that have worked well for you, successes, failures... Balanced Team experts from NYC and around the country will be on-hand for those interested in learning more. Sponsored by Philosophie: Venue, drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of Philosophie, located at 214 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001. Check out this Google Map (https://goo.gl/maps/DPUsX4HSr7B2) to figure out which way works best for you. About Balanced Team: Balanced Team is a global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation. We’re a self-organizing group that learns from each other as we explore processes and methodologies to do good work with happy teams. We welcome people who wear many hats (design, development, testing, product management, marketing and sales, to name a few). If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – or anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery – we hope you will join the conversation! Learn more about Balanced Team at http://www.balancedteam.org

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  • Balanced Teams at Scale

    Rise

    $5.00

    Please join Balanced Team NYC for a lively discussion of "Balanced Teams at Scale" on Sunday, February 5th from 1:30-4:30 PM. We're hosting a series of lightning talks followed by a fishbowl format discussion (https://vimeo.com/136409877) about making balanced teams work in big organizations. Some of the questions we'll try to answer... • How do you create a balanced team in a big organization? • What are the obstacles to getting started? • Where are balanced teams emerging? As innovation labs and product teams? • What do balanced teams look like in this context? • How do you coordinate the activity of multiple balanced teams? • How do you handle problems like portfolio planning? • What can we learn from people who are trying this now? Speakers • Ryan Finley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanjfinley), Carbon Five (http://www.carbonfive.com/) - Operationalizing Balanced Teams at Enterprise Scale: Getting out of the Petri Dish and into the Business • Jonathan Bertfield, Spinnaker Co. (http://unbouncepages.com/spinnaker/) • Mary Lukanuski & MJ Broadbent, Sr Design Directors, GE Digital (https://www.ge.com/digital/) • Moderated by: Josh Seiden (http://www.joshuaseiden.com/), co-author Lean UX (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449311652/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=joshuaseide00-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1449311652) and Sense & Respond (http://bit.ly/SenseAndRespond) Agenda • 1:30-2pm Arrivals/Networking • 2-3pm Lightning Talks • 3-4:30pm Discussion and Wrap Up Sponsors • Carbon Five (http://www.carbonfive.com/) • Capital One (http://www.capitalonelabs.com) • Rise New York (https://thinkrise.com/pages/newyork.html) About Balanced Team Balanced Team is a global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation. We’re a self-organizing group that learns from each other as we explore processes and methodologies to do good work with happy teams. We welcome people who wear many hats (design, development, testing, product management, marketing and sales, to name a few). If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – or anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery – we hope you will join the conversation! Learn more about Balanced Team (http://www.balancedteam.org/). About Rise New York Rise New York (https://thinkrise.com/pages/newyork.html) is part of a global community of the world’s brightest thinkers and doers creating the future of financial technology. We listen, nurture and oxygenate through our international network of Rise spaces, and connect, co-create, and scale innovation, in partnership with Barclays. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the U.S. cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

  • NYC UX Holiday Party 2016

    Location visible to members

    NOTE: To attend, you *MUST* purchase a ticket at EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-ux-holiday-party-2016-tickets-28410887730 RSVP'ing to this meetup invite WILL NOT WORK. It's that most wonderful time of the year: The NYC UX 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 270 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! Participating Groups and Meetups Agile Experience Design Meetup Balanced Team Brooklyn UX Content Strategy Meetup IA Meetup IxDA New York NYC CHI NYC UXPA UX Book Club Ladies That UX NYC Price $15 (Includes hors d'oeuvres from Food 360, beer and wine.) For students who wish to attend but cannot afford the ticket price, in the spirit of the holidays, a few attendees have offered to cover the cost for those that could not attend otherwise. Please send us an e-mail ([masked])for more details. To RSVP, buy a ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-ux-holiday-party-2016-tickets-28410887730

  • BT Meetup

    Location visible to members

    $5.00

    Balanced Team is hosting an evening of conversation and sharing on December 5th, 2016 from 6:30PM to 9PM. To facilitate the conversation, we'll follow the Lean Coffee format. The agenda is in your hands, so please bring your ideas on things you'd like to learn more about, strategies that have worked well for you, successes, failures... Balanced Team experts from NYC around the country will be on-hand for those interested in learning more. Sponsored by Capital One and Carbon Five: Venue, drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of Capital One, located at 114 5th Avenue -- at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street on the 6th floor. Check out this Google Map (https://goo.gl/maps/gRGL9pBiCZn) to figure out which way works best for you. About Balanced Team: Balanced Team is a global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation. We’re a self-organizing group that learns from each other as we explore processes and methodologies to do good work with happy teams. We welcome people who wear many hats (design, development, testing, product management, marketing and sales, to name a few). If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, Devops, Customer Development – or anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery – we hope you will join the conversation! Learn more about Balanced Team (http://www.balancedteam.org).

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  • How & Why Test-Driving Design Unites Design & Development

    Join us for a Co-Meetup with the Agile Experience Design (http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Experience-Design/). Introducing Visual Regression Testing Ian Yamey will explain Visual Regression Testing, why it's important and how it can streamline collaboration between design and engineering. Ian will cover tools, workflows, and examples of how this technique helps Policy Genius (https://www.policygenius.com/) unite design and engineering. Introducing Test-Driven Design Years ago, developers devised Agile techniques to solve many of their challenges. Can designers adopt and benefit from similar techniques? In this talk, Jonathan Berger will explore what automated testing might look like for design. We'll explore testing possibilities for visual design, user experience design, and front-end engineering, and suggest a testing pyramid for design as a path forward. Presenters Ian Yamey (https://twitter.com/ianyamey) is the CTO of PolicyGenius. Jonathan Berger (http://www.jonathanpberger.com/) helps design and build apps, and teams that design and build apps. Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00pm - Space opens, Meet & Greet. 7:00 - 8:30 - Presentation and Discussion.

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  • Balanced Teams in Practice: True Tales of Breaking Down Silos and Smashing Walls

    Announcing a joint meetup between Agile Experience Design and Balanced Team NYC! Have you ever been the designer who spent days designing an interaction only to find out it couldn't be built? Or the engineer blocked on shipping a feature because you were waiting on Design to "figure it out"? A PM taking all the stress on your shoulders, trying to bridge the divide? It's time to take down those silo walls! Two balanced teams will offer their lessons learned – their successes, their failures, and the key tactics they used to stay aligned as a team and continuously learn from each other, as well as their users. Presenters Josh Franklin, Alex Basson, and Jim Thomson – a designer, an engineer, and a PM from Pivotal Labs will share their experience building the Small Token iOS app with Pivotal Labs. Brooke Kao, Michael Morrissey and Emerson Taymor - a designer, engineer and product strategist from Philosophie will share their experience iterating, shipping and testing quickly to launch PricewaterhouseCoopers first consumer mobile app. Agenda: 6:30 to 7:00pm - Space opens, Meet & Greet 7:00 - 8:30 - Presentation and Discussion

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