I’ve been on a bit of a push lately to demystify UX. I believe this comes from a frustration with the fact that increasingly I see UX/IxD/UE people (or whatever we call ourselves) becoming protective practitioners of our domain. Whether it’s the use of big words, a lack of involvement across teams or even territorial games — it all keeps others from being more involved in the user experience process — and in the end does little to advance our cause.
On April 28 I’ll be speaking on user experience at Agile Vancouver about how user experience should be part of everyones role in the software development lifecycle. It’s going to be my take a demystifying UX; a chance for others to learn some of the basics of user experience and interaction design; and help them walk away understanding how a few basic principles can help improve not only their products but also help create alignment during requirements development.
Hope you can make it out.