June 2nd: Traversing the UX Space Time Continuum

It can be especially challenging to gather information about users’ experiences over time. Diary studies provide a unique opportunity to access longitudinal data and can often be relatively inexpensive to conduct. In this workshop we will explore the use of diary studies in UX research. When are diary strategies most valuable? What are some issues to look out for when designing a diary study? What are some tips for analyzing all that data?

This workshop will be “hands-on.” We’ll actually ask attendees to participate in a diary study during the workshop. Attendees will complete activities and submit entries about their experiences using the dscout app on their phones. Then we’ll look at the data together as a group.

After you RSVP, keep an eye out for an email with more information about the hands-on activities and how you can download the dscout app before coming to the workshop.

About the Speakers:

Chris Sader is a Senior User Experience Researcher on the Rackspace Experience Design (RED) Team. At Rackspace, Chris is on a mission to use customer understanding to build empathy that empowers the teams he works with to create products and tools that delight customers. Chris holds a Master of Arts in Human Factors, with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction.

Reyda Taylor is an independent researcher providing program evaluation and UX research services in Central Texas. Reyda specializes in qualitative and mixed-method research strategies and is passionate about helping organizations improve their services. Reyda holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida.

Map and Directions:

Photo ID is required to enter the Rackspace offices.

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Schedule of Events:

Chit chat & pizza:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Workshop:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Host:

We are grateful to Rackspace, in particular Jacki Bauer and Dave Malouf, for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Chris Sader.

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May 5: Social Meeting at Punch Bowl Social

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Let’s get together for a fun, relaxing night of UX camaraderie.

We can talk about UX tools and techniques, conferences, articles, experts, what we’re working on, what’s going on in our careers, job openings, and how we can help each other.

Eat and drink what you want at your own expense.

Google directions

11310 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Corner of Domain Drive and Esperanza Crossing
6:30pm onwards :)

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April 7th: Use Once and Throw Away?: How to Stop Treating Your Users Like Toilet Paper

Often, the primary goal of user research is to answer specific questions about a design. But what happens when a mind shift is made from “conducting research” to “building a lasting relationship”?  Anna Rowe and Kellie Mecham from the SolarWinds User Experience Team will share stories about how that approach has forever changed the breadth and depth of information that they learn about users, and they’ll share tips and tricks for how you can do it too!  Handouts will be provided.

About the speakers:

Anna Rowe

Anna Rowe has over 20 years of experience conducting research for products and services, ranging from IT management software and server hardware to e-commerce and technical support websites.  Anna has found that user data is often the magic that focuses and energizes product development teams.  She holds a PhD in Engineering Psychology and is currently a Senior Manager with the SolarWinds UX Team.  She has conducted research for companies ranging from HP and Intel to Reliant Energy, USAA, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the US Air Force.

Kellie Mecham

Kellie Mecham has over 20 years of experience in user research, including stints at Intuit, PeopleSoft, and Symantec. In addition to providing corporate in-house research, she’s done contract/agency work for small clients as well as Fortune 500 companies such as Intel, VISA, and more.  Her experience ranges from consumer to enterprise, mobile to desktop.  Kellie was a SXSW speaker on “Making SEO and Usability Work Together”, and now works as a Principal UX Researcher at SolarWinds.

Map and Directions:

Photo ID is required to enter the Rackspace offices.

Google Directions

Schedule of Events:

Chit chat & pizza:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Host:

We are grateful to Rackspace, in particular Jacki Bauer and Dave Malouf, for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Chris Sader.

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March 3rd: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Come out to athenahealth’s new Seaholm office to meet up, see the digs and participate in sessions hosted by the athena Austin UX team. We will be offering multiple mini sessions (presentations, discussions or panels) for you to choose from on a variety of topics related to a successful UX practice.

The athenahealth Austin UX team is made up of Design and Research professionals with a range of experience, backgrounds and education. We look forward to sharing our perspectives around UX success and hearing about yours.

It will be a fun and informative night. See you March 3!

Select Sessions

Please select sessions athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZW76V3, because you know you are interested.

Note: Be sure to check “I’m going” on the Meetup invitation so you can get one of the forty available spots.
Details

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6:30-7:00p  Arrive, sign in, sign confidentiality agreement, grab a bite to eat, network

7-7:15p Welcome

7:15-8p Sessions

Address:
800 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701
(Parking garage on Walter Seaholm Dr., via Cesar Chavez)

Directions to help you find us:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xnq0_q5yl5mKDg2dFddMmChvv0N43dq7yNZ-hrD0Hb0/

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February 3rd: Design Thinking Workshop at IBM

The Design Thinking Workshop is a fast paced, on your feet night of post-it notes, sharpies, and friends. Participants will use Design Think methods to create Empathy Maps, “As Is” Journey Maps, and Needs Statements that will align the entire product team.

To ensure that you have a seat for this workshop, sign up by Friday January 30th.

The night will be facilitated by a team of IBM Designers led by Georgette M. Sullivan, Advisory Designer. Georgette is a Design and System Thinker passionate about turning complex problems into simple and elegant user experiences.

6:30-7:00 networking and food

7:00-8:00 workshop

Please register by January 29th:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16cEcdabVEdc1nD36FwAUziV2agmGTRZI5RanoQNZwaA/viewform?usp=send_form

You can also find directions at the following link:

http://www.georgettesullivan.com/supportimages/IBM-Design-Location.jpg

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