Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top Articles of 2008

UIE reviews top UIE articles in 2008 ...

"Out of the 29 articles we published in 2008, these five articles werethe most discussed amongst our readers. While not everyone agreed with our viewpoints, they did agree these were important discussions to have.

So, where do you fall? Do you agree with our viewpoints or do you think we've got it all wrong? Read the articles and leave your thoughts on the Brain Sparks blog posts.

1: Ideal UX Team Makeup - Specialists, Generalists, or Compartmentalists
Published November 17, 2008

The User Experience world is filled with many disciplines: information architecture, user research, interaction design, copywriting, and visual design - to name just a few. Each of these disciplines have a rich history, a deep knowledge base, and an extensive tool set. Each takes a lifetime to master.

While the successful team needs all of these disciplines, there are more of them than most teams have members. This creates a challenge as teams need to spread the experience, knowledge, and skills across multiple team members, turning them from specialists into generalists.

In this article, I share some of our recent findings in how teams make the call: when should they hire a specialist and when will a generalist work better? Whether you’re a team manager or someone looking to direct their career choices, I think our findings will interest you.

Read the full article: Ideal UX Team Makeup - Specialists, Generalists, or Compartmentalists
Leave your thoughts on the UIE BrainSparks blog.

2: Failure Is Not an Option - It's a Requirement
Published October, 29, 2008

It turns out that it’s no accident people are talking about failure these days. Over the last few years, our research has shown that the organizations that embrace the mistakes they make are more likely toshow growth and improvement in their designs. That’s the great paradox: failure is strategically important to success.

This article describes how one nameless client got themselves into big trouble, how Amazon.com minimizes the risk from major design changes,
and eight common mistakes preventing organizations from getting the most from their failures. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Read the full article: Failure Is Not an Option - It's a Requirement
Leave your thoughts on the UIE Brainsparks blog."    (Continued via UIE, Jared Spool)    [Usability Resources]

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