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An ultimate guide to conversational UX (CUX). Conversational UX principles.

Conversational Design
  • The author defines “conversational UX as a user experience that combines chat, voice or any other natural language-based technology to mimic a human conversation.”
  • The author looks at the following conversational UX Principles:
    •  Affordances
    • Signifiers
    • Feedback
  • Conversational user interface & principles:
    • Cooperative Principle (discover hidden intentions)
    • Turn-Taking (give users a space to interact)
    • Context-aware (in context / out of context)
  • While designing virtual assistants, the author suggests taking two things into consideration:
    1. How to set user expectations and educate users about what their assistants can do
    2. How to help these users
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Conversational Design

A persona-hater’s guide to teaching with personas

Personas — Training Wheels
  • Personas can help build an organizations’ capacity to imagine the people who use and interact with their products.
  • The author’s take on what’s useful about personas:
    • Personas help teams build a shared language to argue with when they have to work together.
    • Personas can show teams when they need to think with a higher level of specificity.
    • Using personas helps teams create hypotheses about who our users are and what matters to them.
    • Personas give a framework that helps cross-functional teams easily understand research insights and implications.
  • Personas need never replace research, but they can be a useful tool to begin to value them enough to bring their individual success or failure into designers’ decision-making.
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Personas — training wheels

Transition towards customer-centricity and make your UX/CX agile by following 5 steps

How To Make CX/UX Agile In 5 Steps
  • Debbie Levitt suggests her 5 steps to transform however you’re doing Agile towards Customer-Centric Agile:
    1. Hire fully qualified CX and UX pros to do CX and UX work
    2. Hire CX/UX at a nearly 1:1 ratio with engineering
    3. Kill most meetings, five UX decision-making autonomy
    4. Estimate time and plan
    5. Tri-Track Customer-Centric Agile
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How to make CX/UX agile

A first user research project on how to better understand the way people travel

Case Study: UX Research On How Can We Better Understand The Way People Travel?
  • The author unpacks the behavioral change that the pandemic created for people planning vacations, and he provides solutions for traveling safely.
  • Stage 1 of the design process:
    • Quantitative/Secondary Research
    • Analyzing insights from the virtual users
  • Stage 2 of the design process:
    • User sets
    • User Personas
  • Stage 3 of the design process:
    • Ideation
  • Major takeaways from this project:
    • Unlearn to be perfect, iterate and test our work with the users
    • Research is where the real answers can be found
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Case Study: UX Research on How can we better understand the way people travel?

Green Design Principles that every designer can use to combat climate change

Digital = Physical
  • Recent Microsoft’s Green Design Principles can prevent us from fueling a climate crisis:
    • Get started backpack on digital sustainability — the climate crisis doesn’t happen in a vacuum, big change starts small, talking about climate can be hard, digital is physical
    • Think bigger before you start — challenge the status quo, put care first
    • Build better by default — optimize, transparent, adaptable
  • “The Cloud” doesn’t exist — every design has physical implications and this one is a massive warehouse causing the environment harm.
  • Well-intentioned designs often result in unintended consequences that’s why designers need better ways to visualize their impact.
  • Designers can train AI in order to preserve the planet by employing the energy-intensive cloud and the AI it enables to understand environmental impacts.
  • Some of the most engrained paradigms of the tech industry are the least sustainable and product makers need new ways of working.
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Essential tips on scaling a UX team of professionals.

Scaling a UX team
  • Scaling a UX team requires not only navigating a lot of change, improving processes, around onboarding and training, but also having a clear plan in mind for scale.
  • The author suggest ways to scale a UX team:
    • Maintain the culture
    • Increase peer viewing
    • Balance experience
    • Promote within
    • Focus on entry level improvement
    • Protect the T-shaped specialists
    • Keep collective goal setting
    • Always communicate
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Scaling a UX team

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