Jeff Gothelf (@jboogie) is coming to town to give us his LeanUX manifesto followed by 5-5-5 madness. The whole thing is happening at Sapient's new digs in Arlington. To RSVP, please visit our Ning site »
What's 5-5-5, you ask? 5 talks for 5 minutes with only 5 slides. You bring the talks, the rest of us get to vote on which ones we want to see. Any topic that is remotely -- and I mean remotely -- related to IxD or UX is eligible. Start plotting your 5 minutes of fame NOW.
Traditionally User Experience Design has been a deliverables practice. Wireframes, sitemaps, flow diagrams, content inventories, taxonomies and "The Spec" defined the practice of UX Designers (IxD, UX Design, whatever, etc). While this work has helped define what UX Designers do and the value our work brings to the business, it has also put us in the deliverables business - measured and compensated for the depth and breadth of our deliverables (instead of the quality and success of the experiences we design). Enter Lean UX. Inspired by Lean Product and Agile development theories, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed. This talk will explore how Lean UX manifests in terms of process, communication, documentation and team interaction. In addition, we'll take a look at how this philosophical shift can take root in any environment from large corporation to interactive agencies to startups.
Jeff Gothelf (@jboogie) is an interaction designer, user experience team leader, blogger, public speaker and Lean UX advocate/Agile practitioner. He's worked with companies and agencies big and small but his passion lies in the startup world helping seeds of ideas get off the ground and into the mainstream. Jeff does a lot of thinking about Agile and Lean UX and design issues. He is currently the Director of User Experience at TheLadders.com in NYC where he leads a team of interaction designers, visual designers and copywriters in pursuit of reinventing the online jobs industry. He keeps a blog at jeffgothelf.com/blog.