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Friday, May 15 • 10:15am - 11:00am
How to Drive Great Design in Organizations (Small and Very Very Large)

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Great designs are only useful if they are actually implemented. How do you drive design and innovation in organizations that haven’t previously thought of design as a core value? How can we drive design and design culture so “UX” and “Product” are synonymous?

We present best-practices and pitfalls that we’ve learned based on our 30 years combined of UX experiences, to help to drive design strategy and deliver effective design communications.

1.  How to focus on value

Nothing will de-rail a design effort faster than lack of consensus between designers, stake-holders and developers as to what the business value of the design is. We’ll discuss techniques for driving consensus. 

2.  How to create a strong internal design language

Imagine your CEO talking about “slippy design” and understanding what a “primary action” is. We’ll discuss how to craft a company-wide language that drives great UX.

3.  Designing in an agile world

Stake-holders don’t understand the design process—it’s too slow they murmur. How do you get your stakeholders to appreciate time taken on a design is worth it?

Best practices for design presentations

We know that people don’t like to read, and the popularity of infographics and various other data visualizations prove that, so we need to think carefully of our deliverables, and how to make them more consumable.  Some best-practices that we’ve learned include:

1). Visualize, when possible

Visualize whatever deliverables you have would help people to understand your concept more clearly. As human beings, we understand visuals faster because they affect us both cognitively and emotionally. 

2). Use real content

No more lorem ipsum! Don’t fake your design! Real content make your design more realistic, and can also make people think more deeply.

3). Prototype, as fast as you can!

Prototyping is not only a good experience design tool, but also a very effective presentation tool.

4) Tell a story

Stories define our world and people love stories. Combining UX with storytelling will make you a better communicator. For instance, writing user scenarios is always a good way to show the design in context.

5. Best practices for explaining testing data

Great—now you’ve built consensus, a strong design language, you’re delivering results at blazing speed but how do you and your organization know you’ve succeeded? We’ll discuss how to best communicate test results to show your designs are valid.

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Wolf Wortis

Shaun Wolf Wortis

Director User Experience, Pegasystems
Pegasystems leads the enterprise application-building software space worldwide. Our clients are the largest organizations in the world, our software solves incredibly complex problems and touches the lives of millions world-wide every day. I the lead the product UX team. | | (Before Pegasystems I ran a consulting business and also was a founder of the OpenScholar web system implemented at Harvard, Princeton and elsewhere.)
avatar for Meng Yang

Meng Yang

Senior Interaction Designer, NetBrain
A big fan of design consumability and information visualization. I also worked as interaction designer and user experience researcher at various companies, including Kronos and IBM.


Friday May 15, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Independence