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Friday, May 15 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Lightning Debates on Controversial UX Topics

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Are you a fast thinker? If you are constantly thinking of new topics and making connections between them, you may be. If you are a fast thinker and easily get bored in presentations focusing on a single topic, this is the session for you. We will debate a number of topics in the field at lightning speed and consider the pros and cons of each. We’ll leave the connection making between them to you, fast thinker.

If you are new to the field, this session will be a chance to get a good sampling of current issues and controversies in the field.  You can listen to what we have to say and pick a few topics to explore in more depth on your own later. We will provide a list of relevant resources for each issue.

We are a researcher and a designer. One has been in the field for decades and the other for only one. We have both worked within large corporations and as consultants. We bring wide perspectives and have researched and experienced many controversial topics and hot issues.

Topics will be presented in random order and we will debate the topic for 6 minutes and then open it up for two questions from the audience. Then we will continue our debate with the next topic.  We will continue to do this until we run out of time or topics.

Topics to be debated:

-        Discount usability testing (unmoderated studies, testing with internal “users”, and expert reviews)

-        In house UX vs. consulting

-        The value of A/B testing

-        Specialists vs. generalists

-        Magic Number of Participants = 5


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Chris LaRoche

Senior User Experience Consultant, MIT
UX geek, researcher, & lecturer. All things Canada, Ireland, and Iceland.

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Shannon McHarg

User Experience Designer, Efficient Interaction
Shannon McHarg is a freelance user experience designer who thrives on solving complex problems and has done so in domains like tax preparation, ecommerce, eLearning, and health insurance. Shannon has more than 13 years of experience as a designer, and holds a master's degree in Human... Read More →
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Chauncey Wilson

UX Consultant, WilDesign Consulting
Chauncey Wilson is a UX Architect with 40 years of experience in human factors, usability, and user experience design. He has published and presented widely at UXPA, STC, CHI, APA, and HFES conferences. The author has published several books and chapters on usability engineering... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Liberty A/B - Unconference

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