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Article by Danielle Mallett
Growing Pains of the Booming Tech Industry
  • Although there are immense opportunities for tech companies to grow nowadays, many experience four types of challenges.
  • Typical growing pains concern the management of multiple digital products simultaneously, team composition, releases frequency, lack of UX research.
  • The solutions range from creating guiding experience principles to investing more in UX research.
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Article by Christian Schneider
The Development Matrix

The author presents his approach to planning and progress evaluation in project development from a strategic design perspective. Some key pieces of advice:

  • Don’t underestimate the power of observation during the research stage, even if it’s hard to convey its value to stakeholders.
  • Building a “development matrix” might help to define desired outcomes and the worst-case scenario. A “development matrix”:
    • helps to define a spectrum of possible outcomes to assess how key functions performed
    • makes it easier to improve the product at different stages and take into consideration both functional and emotional expectation
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Article by Ilya Dmitruk
What Is Holistic Design? The Future of UX or a Buzzword?
  • To apply holistic design principles is to consider different facets of a product, stakeholders’ interests and the environment within which it functions.
  • Best practices of holistic design consist of involving stakeholders, being sustainable, creating an ecosystem, and, last but not least, going beyond digital.
  • When it comes to holistic design in UX, it’s essential to apply design thinking and reflect on the design system, make sure that solutions are inclusive and consistently invest in UX research.
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The Disruption of Customer Experience: How Conversational AI is upping UX and CX standards
  • By transforming the way humans interact with technologies and making them more accessible to the public, conversational AI is raising the bar for customer experience.
  • One of the most tangible impacts of conversational AI has been on customer support and sales conversion. Thanks to the automation of conversations, the load on human staff is reduced, which leads to greater customer and employee experience.
  • As technological development advances, more opportunities to make good use of conversational AI will emerge. Nevertheless, it’s also necessary to not underestimate potential challenges related to legacy systems, data availability, shortage of conversational AI specialists.
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There’s a ton of noise, promises and exaggerations flying around. Here’s a breakdown of the sixteen conversational AI platforms in Gartner’s 2019 Market Guide.

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The road to a good customer experience can be full of potholes. How do you navigate such a treacherous path? One key way is through product thinking.

What is product thinking and why does it matter?
  • Product thinking is key to shaping the best customer experience possible as it helps to identify problems and solve them.
  • By providing a holistic perspective on a product it differs from design thinking and reveals the real product value for customers.
  • Because of its strategic importance, every team member should hone product thinking skills. It’s more than a working framework, it’s a mindset, a culture of customer experience.
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Clear processes for secondary research are rare. Some ideas on how to improve the way designers collect and document existing knowledge.

UX Case Study: Encouraging Secondary Research in Design
  • Teisanu Tudor started an exploration of around 47 designers, managers, and researchers in order to figure out how they could enrich secondary research.
  • There are a few designers author talked to who run exploratory research studies before sketching out any ideas.
  • Before diving into visual work, there are plenty of sources that could (and should) provide crucial insights for building a foundation.
  • Equipped with feedback from that 47 people, Teisanu Tudor explores the idea of designing a refined aggregator to help product designers obtain a diverse and comprehensive range of data while conducting the secondary research.
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