Lean Roadmapping: Where Product Management & UX Meet, Our June 26 Virtual Seminar

Imagine a conversation between a UX designer and a product manager. This conversation delves into big-picture business goals and fast, low-risk ways to test design ideas—such as prototyping—that might achieve those goals. After all, this is the quickest way to gather real user data to inform a practical roadmap that’s focused on what problem you’re going to solve for customers. Sound interesting? On June 26, Bruce McCarthy shows you how to make these conversations—and more importantly their amazing outcomes—actually happen. Attend this seminar, especially if you: Would love to focus on getting the right things really right, rather than getting a whole lot things about half right Are a UX designer who feels trapped in the weeds on a daily basis and wants to take a big step back to understand business goals first Are a product manager responsible for creating roadmaps, but want to validate that users actually want what your team is planning to build before you commit your resources Want to learn how to make clickable mockups and prototypes to test ideas early, and also to have another tool for prioritizing which features to add or remove If you feel like you’re being asked for an endless list of features–or designing those features without the context of “why,” then register for Bruce’s...

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...

Make Collaboration Happen, a Virtual Seminar with EightShapes’ Dan Brown

Happy, productive teams may seem like a pipe dream to those who believe all designers are divas, project managers rush timelines, and bosses (or clients) expect the impossible. Dan Brown’s team at EightShapes has adopted behaviors, making their work transparent and effective. In Make Collaboration Happen, he’ll show you how he’s distilled these behaviors into a framework called the “4 Virtues of Collaboration.” You’ll want to attend this seminar if you Want to learn 6 different behaviors to become more collaborative on a daily basis Have to interact with multiple stakeholders as a regular part of your job Struggle to answer “who is doing what?” Don’t want another collaboration tool, but instead a methodology you can actually use If you want to improve the way you—and your team—interpret and respond to everyday design challenges, be sure to save your spot.  ...

Improve Communication With Your Remote Team

OK. Your meeting is going perfectly. Then a remote team member says, “I don’t understand. Can you show me what you mean?” PANIC! MEETING IS DERAILING! But you’re about to save the day. You plug in your trusty IPEVO document camera and focus in on the pen and paper. As you make your sketch you begin to hear folks saying, “I get it,” and the whole team is back on track. How do you get this nifty tool? You register for the UX Immersion Mobile Conference by January 30. Why You Need the IPEVO Document Camera: Share your design ideas and sketches with remote teams to ensure everyone is on the same page Document individual sketches during design studios to a digital file for easy access in the future Project sketches to large audiences to convey your designs Get everyone participating and working together saving time and increasing productivity Conduct usability tests remotely while letting the team back in the office watch Register by January 30 to Get Your Free IPEVO We’re always looking to bring you new resources, processes, and techniques to help you become a better designer. Now we have a great tool that we’re excited to include with your UXIM registration, the IPEVO document camera. But it’s only available until January 30 so be sure to register now. Explore the conference and IPEVO camera at...

UIE Book Corner: Dan Brown’s “Designing Together”

[ Transcript Available ] The team at EightShapes consistently amazes us with their thinking. In addition to producing beautiful designs and impressive frameworks, the team itself works really well together. It may be no surprise then that founding principal Dan Brown has authored a new book “Designing Together: The Collaboration and Conflict Management Handbook for Creative Professionals”. Dan believes that collaboration and conflict—that’s right, conflict—are the basis for good design. The book itself evolved from his Surviving Design Projects card game. Dan joins us for this podcast to discuss his book, and his thinking around collaboration and managing conflict. Recorded: July, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Adam Churchill: Hello everyone, we’re back at it in the “UIE Book Corner” series with a look at “Designing Together: The Collaboration and Conflict Management Handbook for Creative Professionals,” with Dan Brown. It’s always great to see what others are saying about the book. One Amazon reviewer described this book as one that will likely save countless design teams their sanity, leave them producing brilliant designs and learn about themselves as people who can grow and become better. Super excited. Dan was able to carve some time into his busy schedule to discuss the new book. We’re going to record it so you folks can listen in and hear what he has to say. Hey, Dan. Dan Brown: Hi Adam. How are you? Adam: I’m doing great. At first glance, the book’s subtitle sort of caught my attention. It talks about what many perceive to be...