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Making Meaningful Things Together: Working Towards a Mature Business

Invited Essay pp. 40-44 Download full article (PDF) Sometimes people create conflicts during a project that only serve to get in the way of making meaningful things together. Or in other words, unnecessary and petty battles make work not fun and not productive. But why would people create such conflict? Perhaps a project was plagued … Continue reading Making Meaningful Things Together: Working Towards a Mature Business

The importance of roles in making meaningful project experiences

In this post, Daniel Szuc describes why it’s important to go beyond how we may see our roles traditionally when only focusing on job titles. By exploring other roles, as outlined in the post that follows, we can all play a part in helping to glue a team together, making project work easier for all … Continue reading The importance of roles in making meaningful project experiences

Integrated Approaches to Constant Personal Learning, Improvement, and Maturity

A huge challenge in large organizations is the ability to form smaller, nimble project teams who share a common sense of purpose. Large organizations are complex organisms with different combinations of roles, teams, and departments and are often political in nature. People have personal needs, handle a range of jobs and functions, and have different … Continue reading Integrated Approaches to Constant Personal Learning, Improvement, and Maturity

Routines on Projects: Why They Deserve More Attention

In our last article, we explored the elements that make up a mature UX practice and how they apply to project teams. We also looked at some ways in which we could encourage better behaviors on projects, guide teams, and design positive experiences for people. In outlining the elements that encourage the design of a humane UX practice, we considered … Continue reading Routines on Projects: Why They Deserve More Attention

Guiding Practices for Making Meaningful Work

Recently, a group of about 30 technologists invited us to run a two-day client training workshop to teach them some best practices for making meaningful work and help them to kick start and sustain a UX practice on their projects. These technologists had limited exposure to User Experience or practice with design tools. In other words, we … Continue reading Guiding Practices for Making Meaningful Work

Deeper Understanding: Stories, Observations, and Insights

Have you ever been on a project where you conducted user interviews and got some answers, but didn't know whyyou were asking specific questions, what the answers meant, or how they really related to a business? Have you felt like you were checking off questions, but not gaining any real value? We have. Many times, sadly. … Continue reading Deeper Understanding: Stories, Observations, and Insights

Make Meaningful Work

Why this question of make meaningful work? People spend considerable amounts of their time at work in projects that have little value. Projects are part of a larger system we call "work". Sometimes people feel work is : WastefulUnhealthyPurposelessStressful So what is the overall impact on people at work? Sleepwalking What can sleepwalking feel like at work?  FrustratedLimited … Continue reading Make Meaningful Work

Fostering Learning Environments to Generate Sparkle

Our environment refers to everything around us, including physical, chemical, and other natural forces. People constantly interact with their environment—including interactions between other people, animals, plants, soil, water, air, and other living and inanimate elements. They adapt themselves to the conditions of their environment. Their environment affects their growth and development as a person. What … Continue reading Fostering Learning Environments to Generate Sparkle

A Manifesto for Maturing the Making of Meaningful Work, Part 1

On the projects we’ve worked on, it’s easy to get caught up in meeting deliverables—and the speed at which we need to deliver them—and the constant, internal meetings that are driven by people’s egos. With all of that, it’s sometimes all too easy to forget about the people we design for and the meaning of … Continue reading A Manifesto for Maturing the Making of Meaningful Work, Part 1