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Feeling like a fraud? Everyone can experience impostor syndrome when trying something new and user researchers aren’t an exception. However, there are ways to ease this feeling and embrace the fear of failure. It’s time we started dealing with impostor syndrome. Let’s find out the ways to do that.

Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as a User Researcher
  • Nikki Anderson-Stanier, Founder at User Research Academy, shares her perspective on:
    • Their definition of imposter syndrome
    • Author’s experience of managing impostor syndrome throughout her career
    • Ways impostor syndrome manifests in user research
  • There are some ways to ease the feeling of being an impostor and embrace the fear of failure:
    • Try a different method or push yourself to present research in a new way.
    • Learn how to take feedback in stride.
    • Own and celebrate your achievements.
    • See yourself as a work-in-progress.
    • If you don’t know, ask for help.
    • Remember you are the expert on this subject.
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While brainstorming, it is always a good idea to think of as many ideas as possible in the initial stage. Check out one more technique — an “Operator Overloading” approach that might diversify your ideation processes.

Operator Overloading: An Approach To Ideation
  • The author identifies the term “Operator Overloading” in this context as a brainstorming approach when coming up with product ideas.

  • The steps taken in this approach are as follows:

    1. Jot Down the steps involved in the current process
    2. List the operators in each step.
    3. Make a collection of all the operators from the previous step.
    4. Try to think of optimizations for each operator.
  • The author gives 3 examples of “Operator Overloading” in action:

    1. Prompt: Design an iPad case for a doctor’s office.

    2. Prompt: Design a better way to remember which page you are on in a book.

    3. Prompt: Design an easier way to carry groceries without a carю

  • While the ideas generated using “Operator Overloading” technique might not always be optimal, it can serve as a good starting point in the initial stages of ideation.

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Who said that design isn’t trendy in government land? Learn more about how you can professionally approach the concept of ‘listening to citizens’ in your organization by making good standards.

Listening To Users: On How To Make a Professional Standard
  • The article covers how you can professionally approach the concept of ‘listening to citizens’ in your organization by making good standards.
  • The author set up a feedback loop between citizens, government counters and policy in an organization and discovered the following perspectives that build up on each other, like a pyramid:
    • Strategy
    • Quality
    • Information flows
    • Structure
    • Culture
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Despite the evangelizing efforts of industry thought leaders, the qualitative research methodologies of academia is not the ethnography that is practiced in the private sector. So how do we apply ethnographic research in the private sector as an approach and not method? — Great question. Read to find out.

Deep Analysis in UX Research: Ethnography as an Approach Not Method
  • The author considers ethnography in the private sector to be a goal-oriented approach that can be applied to many different kinds of qualitative research.
  • Ethnographic research is about understanding the nexus of knowledge, belief/perception, culture, and power; specifically what facets of these elements come to bare on one’s interaction with said product or service to form their lived experience.
  • The ethnographic approach of deep analysis lets you assess hypotheticals through contextualizing conditions of possible use within relevant underlying value systems, knowledge, perception that truly frame and form a user’s behavior.
  • The authors demonstrates application of ethnographic approach and deep analysis in the example: New Game Console Controller Form Factor.
  • The author’s analysis uncovered the following:
    • Inherited mental models introduced friction.
    • There are already a host of innovative designer controllers available to use even for the game console in question.
    • Game studios have ownership of game control settings.
    • Among the user populations evaluated, one segment in particular had an above average engagement with exclusively “new” video games.
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Systems thinking is popular in fields like: economics, psychology, ecology, computer science and many others. Learn more about it as a tool for predicting future outcomes and being creative.

How Systems Thinking Unlocked More Creativity Than I Could Ever Dream Of
  • In author’s view, the ultimate problem to solve for a designer is building a believable world and figuring out life itself.
  • The author shares his insights on the following ideas:
    • Information is everywhere.
    • Optimising your workflow is one of the most important things as you progress.
  • The author gives a concrete example of creating a systems thinking environment.
  • Systems thinking is like a muscle you can train — it helps you create a holistic overview that analyses a system as a whole and its relationships.
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How Systems Thinking Unlocked More Creativity Than I Could Ever Dream Of

Learn 5 foundational tips on how to create better learning experiences for the EdTech industry.

5 Ways to Design Better EdTech Products with UX
  • The author unpacks 5 foundational tips to help UX designers create better learning experiences for the EdTech industry:
    1. Don’t design for EdTech. Design for education, using technology.
    2. Co-create with your learning community.
    3. Learn to speak business.
    4. Look outside of EdTech for inspiration.
    5. Diversify your experiences.
  • Designers need to remember that advancing the quality of UX design and advancing the industry standards themselves is a shared responsibility.
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