Tools and techniques are fundamental to all aspects of UX, yet they are ever evolving. As technologies and products change and as organizations grow and mature, so do the best tools and technquies. We must continuously find the best ways to understand our users, ideate, build designs, and publish in a business viable manor. The Tools and Techniques track offers a platform for UXers to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others. It’s one of the best places for getting up to speed and getting ahead of the curve. The goal is for attendees to leave sessions with actionable tips and resources to solve problems they face in the real world.
Who should submit?
All UXers should submit! Simply by working in the UX field you have a valuable perspective that can help other UXers improve their professional practice. The Tools and Techniques track spans all areas of UX, including design, research, and management, and attracts an audience with all levels of expertise.
What are some example sessions?
The Tools and Techniques track applies to every discipline of UX so the examples are endless! Here are a few from recent UXPA conferences.
As organizations mature their UX teams, UX starts to play a bigger role throughout the entire product life cycle. “Influence Product Strategy and Quality by Conducting Collaborative UX Discovery Workshops” used case studies to illustrate good and bad practices when conducting discovery workshops to maximize influence on product strategy.
Benchmarks play a critical role in UX research, but they are very complex and require business support to execute well. “Building Your Benchmark: How to Measure UX for Product Impact Over Time” laid out the full process of conducting a benchmark and discussed how to prevent problems at each step.
Accessible design is becoming more prominent, and many teams are challenged to integrate accessibility into their preexisting agile development cycles. “I am the LAAW! The Lean Accessibility Audit Workshop” shared how to train agile team members to detect accessibility problems quickly and take steps to avoid those issues in the future.
If you have a great idea for a Tools and Techniques session we can’t wait to hear from you!
Written by: Jim Creager, UXPA International 2020 Tools and Techniques Chair