I work in the ‘user experience’ arena. It’s broad, expansive, increasing in popularity …. and somewhat ‘open to interpretation’. There’s been a fair amount of bickering among practitioners about what UX really is.
Of course, I’ve weighed in with my opinions, too. Here are a few thought-lets on the topic:
I’m kind of fond of crowd-sourced opinions and experience.
This is a case study in the effectiveness of ‘publishing strategies’ on the socialNets. I don’t claim it to be comprehensive or absolute, but I believe it’s kind of indicative…
The UX Self-Evaluation Checklist
About a year ago I created The UX Self-Evaluation Checklist as an online survey through SurveyMonkey. It’s simple, short, and shallow, but – I hope – accessible, too.
I posted links to the survey on LinkedIn Pulse and was gratified with ~50 responses within the first month-or-so (which then tailed off again quickly).
This was an object lesson in the implicit faddish fickleness of the social media
Style vs Functionality
Here’s how I had framed it in the survey:
There are two main ways of looking at UX: It’s a Billboard (The focus is on styling and presentation) or It’s an ATM (The focus is on functionality and workflow).
If you’re a Billboard person, then you often work in the Marketing arena and are referred to as a Designer.
If you’re an ATM person, then you often work on Applications and are referred to as an Architect.
I expected that most UX-er’s would self-identify as Marketing Designers, since Marketing and Design kind of dominate the discussion space. In fact, most UX-er’s (by a substantial percentage) self-identified as functional Architects.
Boring Old Documentation
Under the rubric of “Dirt-under-the-Fingernails” Skills, half of respondents rated themselves as having Expert skills in the arena of Documentation.
As an ex-Documentation Manager, I’ve been concerned that many teams sacrifice diligence and process for speed, under the guise of ‘agile’ methodology.
… and an Unfortunate Artifact
But here’s an observation about how sharing-on-a-socialNet doesn’t work:
- I published “pointers’ to the original article (the survey) on multiple Groups.
- I received multiple Upvotes each of those “pointer” posts
- Yet – even though the “pointer” posts are all the same, the socialNet does not compile the Upvotes
- … or the Comments
So: There’s no way to get a coherent, comprehensive overview of how my message is received by multiple Groups.
Redundancy : Recursion: Re-Posting
Re-vitalize it, of course.
Over the course of the past week I’ve re-posted the announcement of the survey in my favorite UX Groups on LinkedIn. My reward?
Re-posting the Survey link on multiple groups far more than quadrupled the total number of survey responses(+216) in a single week.
A picture is worth 1000 words, they say. Okey dokey.
“Re-Posts, Pointers, and Hooks” lays some basic-ground-rule-observations about how content is configured and shared on the socialNet.
Posted on beBee 12/28/2016 : 1.7K Views, 10 Likes