I will be co-teaching a 6-session, evening course entitled, "Managing User Experience Groups" in Silicon Valley beginning 25 January.
The course -- really a workshop -- is intended for those who presently or may in the future manage a user experience group; those who are higher level managers whose domains already or may in the future encompass user experience; and others who in other ways (can) impact how user experience personnel are managed.
What is the scope of "user experience" and of the work a user experience group does or should do? Who should be a part of a user experience group? With whom should members of a user experience group work, and how? How should such groups be positioned in companies? What reduces the effectiveness and impact of user experience groups, and what can be done about it?
Join us in exploring answers to these and other questions of relevance to effectively managing groups that are often cross-functional (i.e., composed of designers, researchers, information architects, and others) and often misunderstood. Learn answers to these types of questions for a wide range of user experience groups in a wide range of companies, and gain insights for answering these questions in your company.
Dates, times: 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, January 25 - March 1, 2006, 6:30-9:30pm
Location: UCSC Extension Silicon Valley Campus, 10420 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
For more information or to register: UCSC Extension Silicon Valley course website
(And as stated in a previous blog entry, we have been talking with numerous user experience group managers, directors, VPs, etc. from a diverse mix of companies as we have been working on this course. We intend to talk with more in the coming weeks, and hope to hear from more to expand our network.)