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.


  • 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).


  • $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

Resources for Better Agile UX

Agile User Experience Projects
Nielsen  |  November 4, 2009

Agile Development Projects and Usability
Nielsen  |  November 17, 2008

Quick and Dirty Usability Testing: Step Away from the Book
Chisnell  |  October 20, 2008

Agile Methods and User-Centered Design: How These Two Methodologies Are Successfully Integrated In Industry
Fox, Sillito, Maurer  |  Agile Conference 2008, Toronto

Weekly User Testing: TiVo Did It, You Can, Too
Nielsen  |  July 2008

Twelve Emerging Best Practices for Adding UX Work to Agile Development
Patton  |  June 2008

The Impact of Agile on UCD: Mixed Messages From a Before and After Survey
Barnum and Dayton  |  Usability  Professionals’ Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland  |  June 16-20, 2008

Making Usability Recommendations Useful and Usable
Molich, Jeffries, Dumas  | August 2007

Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-centered Design
Sy  |  Journal of Usability Studies, v.2, n.3, May 2007

Clash of the Titans: Agile and UCD
Cecil  |  December 2006

User Experience Activities on Agile Development Projects
Ambler  |  October 2005

Streamlining Usability Testing by Avoiding the Lab
Spool  |  May 25, 2005

UCD in Agile Projects: Dream Team or Odd Couple?
McInerney and Maurer  |  Interactions, v. 12, n.6, 2005

Case Study of Customer Input for a Successful Product
Miller  |  Proceedings of the Agile Development  Conference, IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, 2005

Process Agility and Software Usability: Toward Lightweight Usage-Centered Design
Constantine  |  September  2002

Agile Usability Yahoo! Group

Agile2009 Conference – UX Stage

New Journal in Information Architecture

From ASIS-l:

The Journal of Information Architecture inaugural Spring 2009 Issue, Issue 1, Volume 1, is now available online at

Table of Contents

Dorte Madsen
Editorial: Shall We Dance?

Gianluca Brugnoli
Connecting the Dots of User Experience

Helena Francke
Towards an Architectural Document Analysis

Andrew Hinton
The Machineries of Context

James Kalbach
On Uncertainty in Information Architecture

Issue 1, Volume 1 is an invited authors only issue and abstracts and full papers in PDF format are available at the Journal’s web site. Articles will be available as XHTML pages as well in the coming days.

The Call for Papers for the Autumn 2009 issue, Issue 2, Volume 1, is open and available at

The Journal of Information Architecture is an international
peer-reviewed scholarly journal whose aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.

This first issue is freely available to the public. Each subsequent current issue will be accessible first to Information Architecture Institute [] members, while the archives will be available to everyone.

Journal of Information Architecture

New York Public Library’s online usability tool: Infomaki

Came across the NYPL’s new online usability tool: Infomaki.

From the NYPL’s labs page:

“Our design sessions frequently result in debate about which of two words is more compelling or accurate for our users, or whether a particular button is noticeable in a particular location. When we can, we test designs on real people using paper or digital prototypes, but it is impractical to test every day; sitting down with real people is not always as simple as you’d expect, what with the schedules of busy New Yorkers…

So, we set out to create our own rapid-testing usability laboratory from scratch, and last Tuesday we launched it, in rough beta form. Nicknamed Infomaki, it’s showing a lot of potential even in its first 48 hours.

It’s not groundbreaking technology. Built on a Rails back-end (my rapid-prototyping framework of choice), it currently supports two kinds of tests: standard multiple choice (with optional “Other:” box) and a “Where would you click…?” screenshot that records click locations.”

Way more detail here:

Try it out:

(Via posts at IxDA /New York Public Library Digital Experience Group Labs)

10 Most Common Misconceptions about User Experience

Whitney Hess just published an excellent post about User Experience and what it is/isn’t. Read the full post here. Read a follow-up by Eric Reiss on

New Presentation on Information Architects

‘Will the Real Information Architect Please Stand Up?’
Excellent presentation defining IAs – who they are and how they work/think.