[Iai-Members] What do you want to hear—prototyping panel at the IA Summit

14 Mar 2008 - 4:30pm
6 years ago
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Russell E. Unger
2008

> On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 7:41 AM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com>
> wrote:
>> We're doing a panel on practical prototyping at the IA Summit
>> (http://tinyurl.com/2ak2nu) and want to know what attendees are most
>> interested in.
>>
>> Here's what we're planning to debate:
>> 1. Why you should be prototyping
>> 2. How to prototype better
>> 3. Common pitfalls/mistakes made when prototyping
>> 4. Common toolkits used when prototyping (it's not a my toolkit is
>> better
>> than yours discussion)

There are a couple of reasons why this is interesting to me.

First, it's interesting to me because I think people who are new to the
field may find it helpful--and I think that should be identified
somewhere. I don't think I would find it useful, to be very frank.

Second, it's interesting to me because I thought a proposal was already
put together about what was going to be discussed. I'm a big fan of being
fluid around what's going to happen, but we're looking at about 4 weeks
before the summit and this is becoming a public discussion.

My point is--and it's not a dig at anyone--that it would seem better to
gather this information prior to putting a proposal together. Sure, the
outline can work, but as more people chime in, is this original proposal
even relevant? Is that fair to attendees and is it fair to other people
who have submitted?

So, I think your discussions could be sound--they should be showing
several types and stages of prototyping and it should be identified as a
panel for folks who maybe haven't had much experience with prototyping.
(Doing my best to not get all Zoolander here)

That's my $.02.

Russ

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15 Mar 2008 - 9:26am
Todd Warfel
2003

On Mar 14, 2008, at 5:30 PM, Russ Unger wrote:

> My point is--and it's not a dig at anyone--that it would seem better
> to gather this information prior to putting a proposal together.
> Sure, the outline can work, but as more people chime in, is this
> original proposal even relevant? Is that fair to attendees and is
> it fair to other people who have submitted?

Thanks, Russ. Actually, we did collect this info before putting
together the outline. Our original outline was based on questions that
have come up on this list and many others over the past year, as well
as research I've done for my prototyping book. Our goal is to make
this panel as beneficial to the audience as possible. We'll be taking
questions from the audience, but we wanted to collect some questions
ahead of time to help our moderator and make sure the panel is really
solid.

Also, we want to make sure we avoid just focusing on things that are
only beneficial to those who have prototyped in the past. In short, we
want to created a well balanced discussion platform for newbies as
well as alumni of prototyping.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
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