UIEtips: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams

In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article. In it, I share ideas on how to hire the best UX professional. I also make the case that hiring the right person is the most important factor to a UX team’s success. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hiring is not a natural process. It needs to be designed, just like any experience. In our research, we learned that most teams amble into the hiring process by copying actions from others or by inventing wacky steps. Read the article: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams. How do you get the most out of your UX hiring process? Leave us a note...

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...

Scott Berkun – Innovating on a Deadline

[ Transcript Available ] Everyone wants to be innovative, to be the next iPhone, or Google. Innovation in itself is a tricky proposition. There’s really no way to aim for it as a goal and it’s not something you can declare you’re going to achieve. Many companies and products have been innovative though, so there must be some way to do it. Author and speaker Scott Berkun has written multiple books about innovation. He acknowledges that it’s not the type of word that should be thrown around loosely or included in mission statements. Used alone or in internal communications, the word really means nothing. The power of being innovative comes from your users considering you to be. User experience professionals know that simplicity is often the best route. Google, for instance, was considered innovative because it pared everything down to just one search field. There’s no secret formula to being innovative. It’s about making the right, and sometimes bold decisions and knowing how to introduce your ideas into the current strategy. As Steve Jobs noted, “Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” Scott will be presenting one of 8 daylong workshops at the User Interface 18 conference, October 21-23 in Boston. For more information visit, uiconf.com. Recorded: June, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Jared Spool: Welcome, everyone, to another episode. I am so happy that you have joined us today, because you’re in for a fabulous treat. We have the amazing Scott Berkun, one my favorite-est people in the whole wide...