The UX Team of One

As a current team of one I can really relate to this read by Leah Buley. This is one of my favorite all-around UX reads right now and I find myself referencing it often, it has really kept me motivated while working by myself.. This is a great read, whether you are actually a team of one or working with a larger group. Buley covers many techniques and offers invaluable advice for getting buy-in and useful information from stakeholders. I also love purchasing books directly from Rosenfield Media as they include all digital formats of every book you buy which has been fantastic while traveling.

Working as a lone designer has presented many new challenges and has been a great learning experience for me. With the help of study materials and support from my managers I have learned to effectively seek and organize the information I need to begin a project, analyze/prioritize projects from a business and design perspective, and how to show the value of design-thinking and bringing user experience on board early on. Working alone has given me the opportunity to dive into every facet of user experience including user research, prototyping, strategy, and of course, design. I’m very fortunate for the opportunity to develop a broader range of UX skills, but do look forward to working with a team again at some point :).

UX & Project Process

There is a lot of confusion about where UX fits into the project development process and it can be difficult to educate or convince the right people to get UX involved early on. Most development teams are under the impression that UX is UI design and should come in towards the end of the process, but by this time, it will be too late to make any actual improvements to the user experience. To alleviate some of the stress of explaining the process, we created an interactive process diagram designed for stakeholders such as product owners or project managers. The diagram shows the ideal time frame to bring UX into a project and explains the roles and deliverables throughout each stage. This is still a work in progress with stakeholder and other team member collaboration, but the feedback has been positive so far and product owners are finding it useful.

View Interactive Diagram