Clarity on UX research leadership paths is hard to come by. It’s difficult to know what leadership roles entail—the responsibilities, day-to-activities, opportunities, and challenges—until you’re actually in those roles. In this talk, Loi will compare the three primary UX research leadership paths: Individual Contributor, People Manager, and Hybrid. Ultimately, equipping researchers with the knowledge needed… Continue reading Choosing Your Flavor of Research Leadership
Building maturity in a research practice is hard, especially when your closest colleagues are only just beginning to understand your value. In this talk, Dave Chen and Tino Kapetaneas share their experiences building a research practice from the ground up, and how creating value as researchers doesn’t always mean doing “research”. As most organizational issues… Continue reading Think Outside the Research Box
User research has a problem with race. Although designers create for a diverse, globalized world, their research practices are rooted in racial assumptions that have a long and ugly history. In this talk, Alba Villamil will discuss how taking a “colorblind” approach to research—minimizing the existence of race and racism—helps produce racist design. She will… Continue reading Dear Designers…We Need to Talk About Race: How Colorblind User Research Produces Racist Design
Everyone starts somewhere, but our field currently has far more job openings for senior-level researchers than any other career level. So what about the researchers who are still at the start of their career path? In this talk, Srishti Mathur will make the case that early-career researchers should, in fact, have a place in your… Continue reading Year One in UXR: Yes, Junior Researchers Belong!
Product organizations are in constant sprint-mode, working to unlock the next best innovation. UXR plays a crucial role in uncovering new opportunities, but our roles will not be easy. The challenges before us are complex and great. How can we enable our research teams to run towards uncertainty and embrace demanding circumstances? In this talk,… Continue reading Leading for Grit – Coaching the Researchers of Tomorrow