The Hidden Challenges and Rewards of Managing a UX Team by Rachel Jackson (Thomson Reuters UK)

When? Monday, July 11th at 19:00
Where? Designit, Steinerstr. 15, 81369 Munich Map
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The Hidden Challenges and Rewards of Managing a UX Team by Rachel Jackson (Thomson Reuters UK)

What’s next for you? The interaction design world is growing and changing and there is an increasing number of opportunities within our profession. One option as you progress in your career is the move to management. But should you do it?

I want to share with you the 4 big lessons I learned through my experience managing a UX team. I use insight from the experts to provide a deeper understanding of what great leadership really is, while relating it back to the specific challenges of being a UX manager.

As an interaction designer you already have many of the skills needed to give you a head start in the move to management. But there is more to it than what appears on the surface. One of the most difficult parts of being a manager is building the emotional intelligence to bring self awareness, empathy and humility to the role. These traits are more important than those commonly portrayed by the ‘charismatic leaders’ of popular culture and they are things that can be learned. In my talk I will demonstrate how these come into play with examples of common issues that you might face as a UX manager.

Being a good manager takes time and effort as well as a shift in focus away from the pure practice of design. But it is in many ways its own design challenge that brings great satisfaction. And the skills you will learn are life skills, not only work skills.

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About Rachel

I am Director of Design at Thomson Reuters, within a large in house UX team, designing extremely complex, feature rich financial software used by 130,000 financial professionals around the world.
During my 5 years at the company, I have managed various shapes and sizes of UX teams as well as working as an Interaction Designer. I currently lead a team of brilliant Interaction, Visual and Motion Graphic Designers. My goal is to create a respectful, supportive work environment that allows people to fulfill their potential and use their talent and creativity to accomplish amazing things.
Prior to moving to London, I worked for Microsoft in Silicon Valley. I am originally from Toronto, Canada.

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Interaction Designers vs Algorithms by Giles Colborne (cxpartners UK)

When? Monday, June 6th at 19:00
Where? Google, Erika-Mann-Straße 33, 80636 Munich Map
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Interaction Designers vs Algorithms by Giles Colborne (cxpartners UK)

Are your design skills about to become irrelevant in an age of AI? Or can you reinvent yourself in time? You might have heard that smart algorithms are the next silver bullet. Data scientists promise that algorithms will read customers’ data and magically predict their needs, bringing them the information they want, when they want it. In this talk Giles Colbornewill look what algorithms are good for, and where they fall down.

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About Giles

Giles Colborne co-founded cxpartners in 2004. Since then, it has grown to one of the world’s leading independent experience design consultancies working on next generation experience design and generating hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for companies such as Marriott, eBay and AXA. His book, ‘Simple and Usable’, has sold tens of thousands of copies in Europe and North America and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Giles is former president of the UPA, co-chair of IA Summit, and UX Awards judge. Additionally, he has worked with the British Standards Institute in developing standards for web accessibility.

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Measuring Design Quality by Duncan Lamb (TransferWise)

When? Monday, May 9th at 19:00
Where? IXDS GmbH, Ganghoferstr. 68b, 80339 Munich  Map
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Measuring Design Quality with Duncan Lamb (TransferWise)

Rather than traditional departments, TransferWise is organised into several highly autonomous teams, each focused on solving a specific business or customer problem. It’s the very essence of a lean approach – effort invested is justified by quantifiable impact. So what does this mean for design? How can you measure the impact of good design? Can you justify change because ‘it feels better’?

About Duncan

Duncan is a Design leader with broad experience leading creative teams to help businesses discover opportunities, define solutions and deliver great products.

At TransferWise, Duncan leads a small team of designers building products that feel simple, fast, safe and fair for millions of people around the world.

As a co-founder at Aether, Duncan built a company to design and ship Cone, a thinking music player that gives it’s owners a simple, instant and fun way to hear music at home.

As a Creative Director at Nokia, Duncan led the design team behind the N9’s Swipe user interface, a fresh and natural way to create an all-screen device and a huge leap forward for the company. Before Nokia, Duncan was Head of Product Design at Skype finding new and simple ways to help hundreds of millions of people all over the world to feel closer.

Duncan was educated at the Helsinki University of Art and Design and at Sheffield Hallam University in Britain.

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A Designers’ Guide To Empathy with Philipp Sackl

When? Monday, April 4th at 19:00
Where? NavVis GmbH, Blutenburgstr. 18, 80636 Munich  Map
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A Designers’ Guide To Empathy with Philipp Sackl

We spend more time in our browsers than in bed and more time with our smartphones than with our families. Computing and digital user interfaces are now woven into the fabric of everyday life. As designers, we are no longer just tampering with people’s productivity, we are handling the worlds most precious resource: attention.

This talk examines the challenges of building empathy with a global audience. It takes a critical look at how design decisions shape our everyday lives and at our role as mediators between the interests of users and businesses.

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About Philipp

Philipp is the lead designer of Firefox at Mozilla. That means he spends a lot of time thinking about browsers so that you don’t have to. Prior to that, he’s been a co-founder of the design agency envis precisely and an interaction designer at the BMW Advanced Design studio. He enjoys good food, good beer and bad jokes.

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The IxDA Munich 2015 survey is open!

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We are launching the 2015 IxDA Munich survey!

It takes less than 6,5 minutes to complete and it’s absolutely anonymous. So be brave and tick all questions in the survey. If you feel like having a déjà vu then you’re right: we recycled last year’s questions but only to have some comparable data.

So, Munich Design community, you’re invited to…

Complete the online-survey here

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