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Research in the field

The topic for this event is 'Research in the field' (i.e. out of the lab!) we hope to hear from a range of experiences from the informal i.e. vox pops to the more formal i.e. full blown ethnographic longitudinal studies.

Here's a schedule for the evening:

6:30pm: Doors open!

7:00pm: Welcome speech :-)

7:15pm: Chandra Harrison: 'Shadowing or stalking: the ins and outs of observing real people in real situations'

7:30pm: Franny Gant: 'Carry on pumping'

7:45pm: Break!

8:00pm: Andrea Lewis: 'Guerilla usability testing'

8:15pm: John Waterworth: 'In the belly of the beast: Lessons learned from research with the staff of large corporations’

8:30pm: Q & A

8:45pm: Networking!

See you there!

PS. If you are interested in speaking at any other of our events please get in touch.



Chandra Harrison (@DrKiwiGirl): 'Shadowing or stalking: the ins and outs of observing real people in real situations'
Different types of observation can yield different types of data, but also come with different types of problems. Using a shadowing case study Chandra will explore the trials and tribulations, the legalities, the types of data and the joys of watching people in their natural environment.

Franny Gant (@eff_shaped): ‘Carry on pumping’
Franny will talk about her research 'in the wild' with haematology nursing teams. She spent time with them, on their wards, around the clock, to find out how digital infusion pumps were being used in context. She'll also mention how her research was informed by the idea of distributed cognition and a framework for studying teamwork, called DiCoT.

Andrea Lewis (@dazework): ‘Guerilla usability testing’
Andrea will discuss ways in which UX practitioners can make informal "guerrilla" usability testing more useful and valid for Agile and lean development. She will conduct a mini-workshop and share a case study of her recent experience in the field, how she managed the methodology and then dealt with the data (analysis and feedback).

John Waterworth (@jwaterworth): ‘In the belly of the beast: Lessons learned from research with the staff of large corporations’
Over the last couple of years I've been doing projects with clients that have involved visiting their sites to conduct research with their staff. This has involved shadowing and observation, interviews in small break out rooms and formal meeting rooms, and video and phones with screen sharing. Sometimes I've had a minder and sometimes I have been largely on my own. This has been an interesting experience, quite different from research with
individual consumers.


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  • Igor Z.

    Ah, gutted that missed this one as only just discovered the group and joined Meetup. I don't suppose anyone has written up any notes or filmed any of the talks?
    It's a little confusing at first how upcoming meetups work - does someone have to suggest a date and location for the 3 currently pending ones? Thanks.

    May 2, 2013

    • Swetha S.

      Hi Igor, We have the presentations available and will share this soon. Our next meet up is on July 1st, details coming soon. I'd like to ask you to follow us on twitter @researchthing and stay tuned on what's happening. Hope to see you at our next event.

      May 2, 2013

    • Igor Z.

      Thanks very much for the update, Swetha. Have followed the Twitter feed and look forward to my first Meetup!

      May 2, 2013

  • Swetha S.

    Hi all,

    We'd love to hear more from those who made it to this event.
    Please complete a short survey and share your feedback


    March 28, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    I enjoyed the contrast and variation of the talks from long term shadowing and observational research to short term guerrilla usability testing. Plus there was a great selection of cheese!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Jeff Van C.

    Great meetup. Well organised, good selection of diverse speakers on a genuinely interesting topic.

    4 · March 27, 2013

  • Alex W.

    Interesting talks and a great venue, looking forward to the next one!

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Swetha S.

      That's really good to know. Glad you enjoyed the event :-) see at the next one then!

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks for arramging this. I am the onky researcher in my firm of 130 people and enjoy opportunities to discuss work with like minds.

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Swetha S.

      I hope you enjoyed the event. Thanks for coming and hope to see you again

      March 26, 2013

  • Swetha S.

    Hi all, thanks for updating your RSVP. We are sorry that some of you can no longer make it to our tonight's event.
    Hopefully, you can follow the event on Twitter @researchthing and #researchthing. We will also make the slides available soon (in April). Hope to see you at the next event. Excited to see everyone else this evening!

    March 25, 2013

  • Mr B.

    Very sorry, sick kids, can't make it. Gutted!

    March 25, 2013

  • Lee

    Sorry, not going to be able to make it tonight. Hope someone from the waiting list can take my place!

    March 25, 2013

  • Tanya A.

    Sorry, unable to make it!

    March 24, 2013

  • Colin C.

    Unfortunately I'm not able to attend now.

    March 24, 2013

  • Paul M.

    really sad to have to cancel. Definitely coming next time...

    March 24, 2013

  • Swetha S.

    Hi all, if you have RSVed Yes previously but can no longer make it - please be sure to change your RSVP. We have people in the waiting list and we'd love for them to be able to join us as well this Monday

    March 22, 2013

  • Jeff Van C.

    So glad you guys got this up and running again!

    2 · March 14, 2013

  • Mingxi

    Would be great to hear more from the field

    March 13, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Sounds really interesting - hope it happens and will definitely attend as I work at 77 Hatton Garden!

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Anja M.

      Hi Kevin, it will happen and we will be announcing speakers and topics tonight. Hope to see you...

      1 · March 13, 2013

  • Ian F.

    Sorry. Attending 'Making Better Decisions' at the School of Life on 25 March. Good luck!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • penn s.

    Sounds great - thanks for organising this

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Chandra H.

    Please do let me know when you have more details as I'd love to be involved.

    1 · March 5, 2013

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