UIEtips: Attaining a Collaborative Shared Understanding

In this week’s UIEtips, we look back at an article that discusses two types of shared understanding we uncovered and how one of them is far more likely to end with a successful design. Our next virtual seminar with Dan Brown covers shared understanding and how you and your team interprets and responds to everyday design challenges. Join us on May 15, 2014 for our next virtual seminar, Make Collaboration Happen, Even with Stubborn People. Here’s an excerpt from the article: I remember seeing an architect who talked about his best projects. When he walked through the finished building for the first time, he said it felt completely familiar because it matched exactly what he’d imagined years before. His intention had made it all the way through the implementation process. Seeing our designs rendered exactly as we imagined them is exciting. Yet it’s frustrating when our designs aren’t implemented the way we were thinking. As we study what makes design teams successful, shared understanding keeps bubbling up to the top of our list. Teams that attain a shared understanding are far more likely to get a great design than those teams who fail to develop a common perception of the project’s goals and outcome. Read the article: Attaining a Collaborative Shared Understanding. Which approach (contractual or collaborative) do you feel would be most effective in helping your team to attain shared understanding? Leave us a note...

UIEtips: Scenarios and Journey Maps Help Designers Become Storytellers

In today’s UIEtips, Jared Spool explains how storytelling is the core of design communication. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Knowing how to change the users’ behaviors is one thing. Knowing which behaviors to change is another. There are often many approaches to improving a design. Everyone can think they are working towards a better overall experience, but if each team member chooses a different approach, the design becomes confusing and complex. When we’re working on a team, getting the entire team to work together from the same approach becomes job one. Smaller teams (such as those with six or less folks) have always had an easier time of this than larger ones. This is because it’s more likely the smaller teams are checking in and talking to each other. Fortunately, there’s help for larger teams. It comes in a technique that is as old as humanity – storytelling. Read the article Scenarios and Journey Maps Help Designers Become Storytellers. How do you encourage creating stories in your design team? Tell us about it...

Strengthen your UX Skills with 8 Daylong Workshops

Come to UI19 in Boston, October 27-29 for two days of hands-on workshops and one day of talks. Leave with a jolt of confidence that you can create the kinds of user experiences others will envy. We’ve put together some of the brightest, most ingenious minds of our time to help you meet the UX challenges you are facing now. Mobile-centric Design Thinking Luke Wroblewski Communicating Design Leah Buley Multi-channel Service Design Marc Stickdorn Content & the Design Process Steph Hay Scenarios for Intuitive Design Kim Goodwin Effective Web Typography Tim Brown Microinteractions Dan Saffer Presenting Data Well Stephen Anderson Reserve your spot and save money Register by May 16 and get the lowest price of...

UIEtips: Misconceptions about Collaboration

In today’s UIEtips, Dan Brown of EightShapes discusses the three ways in which people misunderstand collaboration. You’ll be much more successful encouraging collaboration with an understanding of these misconceptions. Want more of Dan’s thinking about design teams and collaboration? Join us on May 15 when he presents our next virtual seminar, Make Collaboration Happen, Even with Stubborn People. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Sometimes, people think of collaboration in very simple terms, ignoring the planning, structure, and organization it requires. There are three common misconceptions that oversimplify collaboration, as discussed next: Throw smart people together. Suffice it to say that working with smart people is satisfying and challenging. But collaboration isn’t just about smarts. It’s about providing a framework for working together. Just as important as intelligence is a willingness to work within the framework. Read the article Misconceptions about Collaboration. How do you encourage collaboration in your team? Tell us about it...