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  1. Resolutions for UX Researchers

    February 8, 2021

    Even though, to most of us, 2020 felt a lot longer than the typical year, it’s finally behind us! Now, as we’ve moved into 2021, many UX researchers are thinking about making or have even committed to New Year’s resolutions.

    As a UX researcher, what UX research resolutions are you thinking about striving toward throughout the upcoming months of 2021? It’s never too early or too late to commit to making positive changes in your career. In this article, I’ll discuss a few career-enhancing UX research resolutions that I’ve made in the past or that I’m currently aiming toward during 2021. Read More

  2. The Importance of Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Belonging in the Workplace

    January 10, 2022

    “We should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it.”—Michio Kaku

    Inclusiveness, diversity, and belonging in the workplace have become essential parts of a ubiquitous, ever-present ideology for organizations. Diversity and inclusion are quickly moving to the top of organizations’ lists of priorities because of the value they add. Not only do they contribute to creating a happier, more discretionary, and productive workforce, they also improve the organizations’ financial performance, as multiple studies have reported.

    Still, one of the biggest challenges we face today is creating a diverse and inclusive environment for the workforce. Achieving true diversity and inclusion takes more than a training video or a session about being polite to coworkers. Many reputed organizations have been taking measures across multiple fronts—including hiring, promotions, opportunities, behavior, and more—to instill, improve, and constantly monitor these principles. Awareness of the business case for inclusion and diversity is on the rise. While social justice is typically the initial impetus behind these efforts, companies have increasingly begun to regard inclusion, diversity, and belonging as a source of competitive advantage—and more specifically, as a key enabler of growth. Read More

  3. UX Generalists or Specialists?

    Practical Usability

    Moving toward a more usable world

    A column by Jim Ross
    September 7, 2015

    This is a question that every UX professional faces at some point: is it better to be a UX generalist—for example, practicing both user research and UX design—or is it better to specialize—perhaps in a specific domain? Companies often question whether a team of UX generalists or a mix of specialists is best.

    I might be the ideal person to answer this question. Over the last 15 years, I’ve had the unusual experience of starting out as a UX design generalist, becoming a user research specialist, and again becoming a UX design generalist. In this column, I’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of generalization and specialization for UX professionals and the companies that hire them. Read More

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