Tuesday Mar 20, 2007

IA Summit Bound

I'm off to the IA Summit. This year it's in Las Vegas so it's a short trip. The past two have been in Canada and really great learning experiences for me. I've been to Las Vegas quite a few times but never to go there and learn. I hope I don't get too distracted. ;)

It promises to be a marathon of brain expanding and aha moments when you discover the differences and similarities in our approaches and our work. It's also such a great community of people thinking and sharing. We know in the IA community we need more of us. There are plenty of complex information problems out here to solve and they keep growing.

I hope to report on the things I'm learning as I go. This blog can serve as a place to come back to and see if I tried out any of the new things I learned about last year.

As for IA Summit 2006, I saw Kevin Cheng talk about his techniques and approaches using comics in design and discovery work. I brought that back to my team and my boss, Martin Hardee, created comics for the community. The Design Comics site will give you an idea of what kind of inspiration our little 'ol IA Summit can have.

Great big thank you from the community, Martin.

Las Vegas in the morning. My brain is ready to soak up the inspiration.

Monday Feb 12, 2007

Adaptive Path Managing Experience-Day One

Adaptive Path is a user experience consultancy in San Fransisco. They put on a conference about Managing Experience through Creative Leadership and today was day one. As stated by co-president, Jesse James Garret, they (AP) had a hunch there was a community around this topic (Managing Experience) that didn't really get a chance to gather that often. Based on the energy in the room, the conversations and the questions, I'd say that hunch was right on.

I am here with several colleagues and my manager. After the conference we are planning to meet and discuss what we can take away from our two days here to improve how we move forward to manage the web experience.

Jesse started the day with a great context setting speech. The clear message was that the product is the experience and people emotionally attach to that.

Lou Carbone, the keynote speaker of the day, spoke of a new world order. We need to take a different approach to business. We need to account for emotion. People respond to our products and our services as if they are other people. We need to consider how our products and services make people feel. This is not the way things have been done in the past.

Everyone in the room had a different set of challenges, but it's clear that an understanding is beginning to emerge. We need to structure things in our organizations to account for the people that use the product. We need to think about how they feel. How a customer feels is key to their loyalty to the company. Loyal customers keep companies in business.

It's important to keep driving this forward and key for this community to continue to cook up strategies and tactics that help us keep the customer's feelings in the product development cycle. It's a great challenge.

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Jennifer Bohmbach was the Sun.com Chief Information Architect from November 2004-November 2007. She left Sun in November 2007 to return to consulting.

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