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  1. UX Leadership Roles: Multiple Paths

    September 26, 2016

    Over the last 15 years, I’ve had a recurring conversation with senior UX professionals: “I want to progress in UX, but I’m not sure I really want to manage teams.” It seems to many that the one way up is the management track—and in many organizations, this is the only upward path for UX professionals.

    In my long and varied career working on staff within companies and for clients in agencies and consultancies, I have seen many roles in User Experience that need a senior, mature person—some with people-management responsibilities; others that continue to focus on product design. These roles include the following:

    • Creative Director
    • UX Principal
    • Team Leader
    • UX Manager
    • UX Project Lead

    Each of these UX professionals plays a specific role within an organization. For senior UX professionals, their quandary is to work out which role is required when and what role suits them best. Read More

  2. Telling a Story Through Your Portfolio Presentation

    Enterprise UX

    Designing experiences for people at work

    A column by Jonathan Walter
    June 3, 2019

    Human beings are drawn to stories, which help us make sense of our world by letting us share others’ experiences as though they were our own. We feel characters’ struggles as they navigate difficult challenges and rejoice with them when they finally achieve their goals or share their sorrows if they do not. Stories help us learn to feel empathy—a critical trait for any UX professional.

    Most importantly, stories are memorable. According to Jennifer Aaker, Professor of Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, using a story to convey information is up to “22 times more memorable than facts alone.”

    Telling a story can help influence the opinions of others in ways that few other modes of communication can. The value of storytelling extends to how we present ourselves and our abilities professionally. Having participated in dozens of on-site portfolio reviews over the years—sitting on both sides of the review table—I’ve found that the most effective UX-portfolio presentations have one thing in common: the candidate told a story. Read More

  3. Updating My Career Advice for User Researchers

    Practical Usability

    Moving toward a more usable world

    A column by Jim Ross
    November 7, 2022

    There are many articles online offering advice about how to get into UX research. Eleven years ago, when I was in my eleventh year as a UX researcher, I wrote just such an article as part of my UXmatters column Practical Usability, “Career Advice for User Researchers.” But what about advice for people who are already deep into their UX research career? Now that I’m in my twenty-second year in UX research, it’s time to give you an update and provide career advice for established UX researchers.

    Determine Where You Want Your Career to Go Next

    If you’re already a well-established UX researcher, congratulations! As for most people, your initial focus was on getting your first job in the field of UX research. Then you had to get used to your new role and make sure that you did well on your first few projects. Finally, after you’d gotten a few years of experience in industry, you had established yourself as a UX researcher. Read More

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