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Design Sprint Principles Workshop
As user experience professionals, we often find ourselves over-investing in our ideas without getting any feedback, which often leads to wasting time, energy and resources. Design Sprint principles help us define a problem, decide on a solution, build a prototype and test with real users so that we can quickly iterate on ideas and create something people actually want. In the first half of this workshop, you’ll learn Design Sprint principles and how to leverage them through a Lightning Decision Jam exercise, to quickly go from an ambiguous problem to tangible and actionable next steps for you to experiment with as an individual or a team. In the second half, we’ll do a deep dive into user testing to minimize your learning loop, understand your users, and quickly iterate on solutions. This lowers the risk of experimenting and increases opportunities for success. – WHAT YOU’LL LEARN Design Sprint principles What happens in a Design Sprint week Lightning Decision Jam exercise Value of user testing Minimizing your learning loop – WHO SHOULD ATTEND This workshop is for UX professionals and students interested in learning the fundamentals of the Design Sprint process and how to apply these principles. – ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR Maicol Parker-Chavez is a product design strategist working with companies to build better solutions. He brings together diverse perspectives across teams, company hierarchy, and customers and includes them into the product development process creating alignment, understanding, and efficiency. – FAQs Is this the same as the Official Design Sprint workshop? No, the Official Design Sprint workshop focuses on taking you through each day of the Design Sprint so that you can facilitate your own Design Sprints with your team or company. In this workshop you’ll learn about the core principles from the Design Sprint, apply them in a team setting called a Lightning Decision Jam and learn tactical tips on how to conduct user testing. Do I need to be part of a team to attend this workshop? Teams are welcomed, but not required. We know not everyone is working in large teams and/or for large companies, so this workshop has been designed to give individuals tangible take aways that they can apply to their current professional or personal projects. Will I get team work expereience from this workshop? Yes, during the Lightning Decision Jam exercise you will be groped into teams of 4-5 and you’ll work together to define a large and ambigious problem and walk away with tangible action steps you can try in the following weeks as an individual or as a team. Can I do anything to prepare for the workshop? All we ask is that you bring an open mind into the workshop, but if you’d like to study ahead of time, you can always visit and watch AJ&Smart’s video on the Lightning Decision Jam ( Do I need to be a designer to attend? Nope! If you can write words on a sticky note and care about learning how to test your ideas, then this workshop is for you. SPECIAL THANKS Blankspaces for hosting our workshop

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The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup

Los Angeles is home to one of the largest volunteer-run User Experience (UX) professional development organizations in the world. The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup has more than 5,300 members.

Since the organization was founded on April 21, 2007 by Lynn Boyden (, Chris Chandler (, Craig Nakano and Weston Thompson (, over 60 events have been held for User Experience Designers, Information Architects, Interaction Designers, UX Researchers, Usability Analysts and Engineers and others interested in UX-related topics. Our events are open to the public, are usually free and range in size from small gatherings to events with 400 attendees. Some of the topics covered since 2007 have been accessibility, taxonomy, internet technology, lean UX, Customer Experience (CX), mobile design, prototyping and much more.

The group also partners with other local UX groups to put together events. A listing of the other UX organizations in the area can be found on this Quora thread.

Throughout the years, many UX professionals in the Los Angeles area have contributed substantial time and effort to grow the community. In particular, these leaders played a crucial part in the group's history:

Alberta Soranzo (

Alex Vejnoska (

Alexa Roman (

Alexis Antonelli (

Amy Li (

Angel Anderson (

Brian Clayton (

Carlos (Charlie) Salazar (

Chris Chandler (

Christian Sosa-Lanz (

Christopher Rider (

Coco Chalfant (

Craig Nakano

Crystal Ehrlich (

Darren Wong (

Grace Lau (

Hannah Galloway (

Janette Shew (

Jason Gillard (

Jens Jonason (

Jessica DuVerneay (

Jill Strawbridge (

John Khuu

Jon Plummer (

Kathy Mirescu (

Lara Fedoroff (

Lynn Boyden (

Matthew Hays (

Michael Stancato (

Monique Escamilla (

Noel Saw (

Nuzi Barkatally

Patrick Neeman (

Peter Maziak (

Rajesh Sharma (

Sam Bloomberg-Rissmann (

Sarah Stern (

Seth Gordon (

Steven Diebold (

Susan Oslin (

Tai Green (

Tim Gallati (

Tim Richards (

Weston Thompson (


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