RUX October – User Research for Everyone

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Where: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – 700 N 4th St, Richmond, VA 23219

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RichmondUX has hosted three previous Rosenfeld Media virtual conferences, all at the Gather RVA downtown location. Though we love hosting events at Gather, the largest space available allows only 40 attendees.

Based on past interest in these virtual conferences as well as last October’s “User Research in the Age of the Customer,” we felt a larger venue would make sense. Thanks to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for opening up their main conference space for us, allowing us to double the number of possible attendees. We hope you can join us at the local viewing of User Research for Everyone!

Anyone can conduct effective user research. You just need to know how.

Your company might still believe there’s not enough time or money to do research right. Or maybe you lack professional researchers on your team. Or you’re new to user research and need to gain confidence and experience. Don’t let those issues stop you. The User Research for Everyone one-day virtual conference will show how to succeed with research that leads to products users want to use, buy, and recommend to friends.

Agenda

  • 9:30-10: Check-in and open networking
  • 10-10:45am: Just Enough Research with Erika Hall
  • 11-11:45am: The Right Research Method For Any Problem (And Budget) with Leah Buley
  • Noon-12:45pm: How to Find and Recruit Amazing Participants for User Research with Nate Bolt
  • 1-1:45pm: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing Discussion/Q&A Session with Steve Krug and Laura Klein
  • 2-2:45pm: Creating a Virtuous Cycle: The Research and Design Feedback Loop with Julie Stanford
  • 3-3:45pm: Making Sense of Research Findings with Abby Covert
  • 4-4:45pm: Infectious Research with Cindy Alvarez

Check out full session descriptions and speaker bios. Note: we will provide coffee and baked goods in the morning, as well as food during Nate Bolt’s presentation (think of it as a working lunch).

Tickets

  • $5 students (with valid ID)
  • $20 Early Bird pricing (limited number)
  • $25 General Admission

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Who should attend

  • Designers: Incorporate user research to confirm where your concept works and where it doesn’t.
  • Product managers: Use research to improve adoption rates and reduce expensive and time-consuming product rebuilds.
  • Engineers and developers: Learn how end users interact with products so you can make smarter decisions that improve usability.
  • Managers: Use research to save time and money and help cross-functional teams get the biggest bang for the buck to make remarkable products.
  • Teams: Spend the day learning together so you can collaborate to integrate research more easily into your product design process.
  • …and (of course) User researchers: Brush up on the basics, or get up to speed if you’re new to the field.

What you’ll get

  • 6 practical, comprehensive presentations from some of the best-known user research experts on the planet
  • Q&A sessions with each expert following their presentation
  • Lifetime access anytime with streaming and downloadable files
  • Free 30-day trial to UIE’s All You Can Learn Library

WIAD 2016: RVA—It’s going to be one for the books

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The first World IA Day: RVA is less than a week away, and we still have tickets available! We are thrilled to have four great speakers lined up for you, along with a full day of discussions, sharing, and networking. To make things even better, we will be providing great software and book giveaways and raffling off some terrific door prizes to those in attendance (you must be present to win). Take a look!

All attendees will receive:

  • 3 months of access to myBalsamiq
  • 3-month full license for InVision
  • 2-month full license for Proto.io
  • 48-hour access to any seminar in the UIE library
  • One free digital copy of the newest edition of the Polar Bear book, along with a 40% off coupon toward purchase of a physical copy

All Attendees will have a chance to win:

Tickets are free, but please cancel your registration if you find you are unable to attend. We will be providing lunch, and we’d like to have an accurate a head count as possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Thank you to our local sponsors!

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Inaugural World IA Day: RVA – 2.20.16

On Saturday Feb. 20, 2016, RichmondUX will be producing Richmond’s first World IA Day: RVA! We are planning a full day of discussion, learning, sharing, and networking.

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Our world is full of information, and more of us than you may realize are involved with making decisions about the structure, placement, relationships between, and characteristics of information. Whether we are using the latest mobile app, watching the local news or navigating our way through the post office or grocery store, information is all around us.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of information, information architecture is not just practiced by specialists. If you work in any of the following domains, you’ll be right at home here: user experience (UX), user interface (UI) design, web or mobile design, product design and management, data visualization, content strategy, library science, customer experience, and even service design.

In short: if you analyze, synthesize, or organize information, content, or data—or if you just want to learn more about information archtecture— we would love you to see you there! Please visit the WIAD:RVA event page for details on speakers and schedule and to get your tickets. Please note: Attendance is free, but Eventbrite registration in advance is REQUIRED.

Thank you to our local sponsors for making this event possible! Please check them out.

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Product Management+UX: Two Great Tastes…

…that taste great together. (Just so we’re clear: Product Management is the peanut butter to UX’s chocolate. 🙂 )

We hope you were able to attend our panel discussion last week on Building Balanced Core Teams, but rest easy if not. This February 3rd, we will be hosting a local viewing of Rosenfeld Media’s PM+UX at Gather, downtown. There are still spots available, but seating is limited, so get your tickets today! Thank you to our event sponsors: CapitalOneCapTech ConsultingFahrenheit IT Staffing & ConsultingImpact MakersRegular Joe Consulting, and Snagajob.

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Thank you, once again, to our event sponsors.

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UX & Product Management: Two (well, three) Upcoming Events

It’s almost as if we planned it.

Back in November, we began discussing our programming slate for the first half of 2016. In addition to hosting World IA Day on February 20th and chairing the UX track of InnovateVA on March 25th, we discussed having an event on product teams in January (Building Balanced Core Teams, January 20th at Snagajob).

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Then earlier this month, Rosenfeld Media announced that they would be producing an event on Product Management and UX called, well, Product Management + User Experience. Given the success of our two previous virtual conference events, we figured: yeah…why not. So, in addition to our Core Team event on January 20th, we will hosting Rosenfeld Media’s PM+UX two weeks later to the day, on February 3rd at Gather.

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As if that weren’t enough for you: friend of RUX and RVA Jeff Gothelf will be returning to Richmond on February 9th for an all-day workshop on Lean UX in the Enterprise. We’re not producing Jeff’s event, but we’re happy to help promote it!

So, that’s the news. Tickets to Building Balanced Core Teams are on sale now, with Early Bird pricing through January 10th; tickets for the virtual conference on PM+UX are also on sale now for $25. Follow the links to Eventbrite pages with detail on content, timing, and locations.

Hope to see you at two or three of these!


RUX May: People Skills for UX

people-skills3Note: Eventbrite registration is required for this event.

Back in November, we hosted a local, sold-out viewing of the UX Futures virtual conference, presented by Rosenfeld Media. Those who attended thought watching the online sessions together—and networking before, during and after—featured all the benefits of a larger, one-day conference, minus the hassle of travel. We asked if you’d like to participate in an event like that again, and the response was a resounding “yes!” Rosenfeld Media has announced their next virtual conference, and we are excited to bring you, People Skills for UX. See below for more details, from Rosenfeld Media.

Tickets are $25, available via Eventbrite.

People Skills for UX
The skills no one told you you needed.

Many of us feel comfortable managing the nuts and bolts of research and design. What stumps us are people—delightfully difficult, unpredictable, and irrational. How do we get better at understanding, collaborating with, and motivating the people who are integral to our efforts to make experiences better?

In People Skills for UX, our one-day virtual conference, we’ll explore four critical soft skills themes: listening, facilitation, negotiation, and leadership. We’ll do it with a unique outside-in twist: pairing presentations by experts from outside the design world with responses from UX experts who are deeply in it. If you’re interested in the people skills that are behind great user experience design, please join us.

AGENDA

10-11:30am: Negotiation
Conflict is a natural part of life in general and UX work in particular—whether you’re at an agency or in-house, whether you’re the design director or you just joined the team. When competing for projects, collaborating with developers, or bargaining for better salaries. Negotiation is how we align our conflicting interests. How can we negotiate the best deals & mash the ones where both parties come out as “winners”?

  • 10-10:45am: Michelle Katz, formerly VP of Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Studios New Media
  • 10:45-11:15am: Harry Max, VP Product, AllClear ID
  • 11:15-11:30am: Discussion

11:30-11:45am: Break

11:45am-1:15pm: Facilitation
Statistics suggest that 37% of our time is spent in meetings—and it isn’t exactly spent productively, much less enjoyably. Effective facilitation changes the equation by making groups work—functionally and culturally—by squaring individuals’ needs with organizational dynamics and goals. What does it take to facilitate in ways that transform our meetings—and our organizations?

  • 11:45am-12:30pm: David Sibbet, President and Founder, The Grove Consultants International
  • 12:30-1:00: Kevin M. Hoffman, author of Meeting Design (forthcoming)
  • 1:00-1:15 Discussion

1:15-2:15 pm: Lunch break

2:15-3:45 pm: Listening
Listening is one of the most critically important—and misunderstood—human skills. As a matter of course, we listen—but few us know how to really listen. We regularly miss out on opportunities to challenge our own assumptions about the people around us and to learn what makes them tick. How can we listen more effectively to our colleagues and customers, better understand their motivations and environments, and align our work with their goals?

  • 2:15-3:00pm: Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business and TED speaker
  • 3:-3:30pm: Steve Portigal, author of Interviewing Users

3:30-3:45pm: Discussion

3:30-3:45pm: Break

4:00-5:30 pm: Leadership
Leadership is in flux. Organizations, their business models and their cultures are changing dramatically, and traditional command/control models are increasingly irrelevant. Leaders must rely on new approaches: modeling productive behaviors, working alongside their teams, inspiring possible futures, encouraging independence, and even celebrating mistakes.

  • 4-4:45pm: Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
  • 4:45-5:15pm: Kim Goodwin, author of Designing for the Digital Age and VP of UX, PatientsLikeMe

5:15-5:30pm: Discussion

After the last session we will be raffling off some terrific UX-related prizes, including the Grand Prize: the entire Rosenfeld UX library in digital format to one lucky winner!

Your cost to join us at Gather is just $25. On your own, this event would cost $179—with no discussions, door prizes, or networking. To attend an event of this caliber outside Richmond would be an even greater investment of time and money. Seating is limited…get your ticket today!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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UX Futures Summit (Wednesday, November 5th 9 AM at Gather – 409 E Main St #200)

Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans bring together some of the Web’s most notable experts for an all-new, one-day-only online conference, the UX Futures Summit 2014! You may have already seen the announcement and been preparing to watch alone at your desk, but why not join your Richmond UX colleagues and watch the all-day conference together?

After a month of amazing nearby opportunities for UX professional development, RUX is proud to be hosting the Summit viewing at Gather RVA on November 5th. We will meet at Gather’s co-working space in the main conference room starting at 9am, with coffee and refreshments. From 10-1, we will watch the morning sessions together, with a lunch break from 1-2.

Schedule:

10am Andy Polaine: Design to the Power of Ten

11am Abby Covert: A World Made of Information

12pm Steve Krug: What if it turns out Steve Jobs wasn’t an alien?

1pm Lunch break

2pm Nathan Shedroff: Interaction Design Lessons Literally From the Future

3pm Margot Bloomstein: Democratized Publishing: Expanding our Expectations of ‘Everyone’

4pm Jesse James Garrett: UX: The First 50 Years

5pm Prizes!

After the last session we will be raffling off some terrific UX-related prizes, including the Grand Prize: the entire Rosenfeld UX library in digital format to one lucky winner!

Your cost to join us at Gather: just $20. On your own, this event would cost $179—with no discussions, door prizes, or networking. To attend an event of this caliber outside Richmond would be an even great investment of time and money. Only a few seats remain…

Thank you to our event sponsors: Snagajob, CarMax, and CapTech!

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