1. Good Vibes: Harmonious Collaboration between UX, PM and Engineering
UX, PM and Engineering each represent very different skillsets – and these team members must collaborate together – often under duress and tight deadlines - to produce a good outcome in the form of a successful product.
Some teams do this better than others. Given these disparate skillsets, how can you strive to produce the best product outcome? What works well in practice? What are some of the risk factors that can decrease harmony? Karen Donoghue, is a local UX Designer with experience working with Agile product teams. Karen will discuss some of her recent product design work and cite what works well – and what doesn’t - in building harmonious relationships between UX, PM and Engineering on the way to shipping successful products.
Karen Donoghue is a UX Designer and Principal of HumanLogic in Cambridge MA. She helps companies design new software products and improve the user experience for existing products. She also has recently launched several of her own mobile products for iPhone and Android. Karen is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on designing and building gesture-based interfaces and is an inventor on several utility patents in the area of human computer interaction. She recently taught a class at Tufts University in the Computer Science Department, on the topic of Mobile UI + Platforms that covered iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Donoghue earned a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University.
LinkedIn: Karen Donoghue (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-donoghue/0/2/34b)
2. Talk It Out, Or Write It Down
As UX designers, our ability to communicate the details of the experiences we envision is crucial to each project's success.
Tailoring design methodologies to suite our collaborator's needs allows us to integrate with businesses regardless of their organizational structure. One size does not fit all. Mike Scopino shares insights on successful communication and documentation established through his work with clients ranging from early-stage startups to established brands.
Mike Scopino is a Boston-based experience design consultant. Through UX strategy, UI design, and interactive prototyping, he helps businesses at any stage of growth build digital tools that enrich their users' real world experiences. Mike prides himself on being honest, methodical, and only occasionally inappropriate. He tweets as @jefftheturtle and will happily cook you brunch. Nom Nom!
LinkedIn: Mike Scopino (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikescopino)
3. Design Sprints
We have heard about how developers use Sprints as an agile tool to get code shipped.
How about using a similar concept for designing and user experience? Design Sprints use a design-thinking-like process in a time-constrained format to understand which ideas are worth moving to the next steps and bookend with customer input. In this talk, I will give an overview of the approach and highlight a few case studies of how this has helped leapfrog a team's work in the design and development of a product experience.
C. Todd Lombardo (often called “CTodd”) has years of experience designing change in the business world. Often considered an "expert generalist" with a heavy slant towards design, he excels at bridging connections from different areas and believes in the power of thinking visually for effective communication. He currently works in Constant Contact's InnoLoft, where he works with startups to push the envelop and empower small business' success. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at IE Business School in Madrid where he teaches courses in communication and innovation and he also leads the TEDxSomerville initiative.
LinkedIn. CTodd Lombardo (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ctoddlombardo)
6:00 - 6:30: Pizza
6:30 - 6:35: UX Opener by Akshat
6:35 - 7:00: Talk 1
7:05 - 7:30: Talk 2
7:35 - 8:00: Talk 3
8:05 - 8:10: Closing remarks by Steve
8:10+ Beantown Pub (Downstairs)
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