Presented by Josh Morse, Tonya McCarley, and Chris Farnum on April 2nd, 2009 at the IUE2009 Conference in Ann Arbor.
Finding the right tool for the job of constructing wireframes and specifications has been a longtime challenge for User Experience professionals. The longtime standby combination of Visio, Word, and Excel has prompted many to ask "is there a better way?" In recent years, a new generation of tools has emerged that promises improved productivity and integration for IAs. But there are costs to making changes to the established methodologies in our organizations. At Enlighten, the Information Architecture (IA) team recently transitioned from a work flow based on Microsoft Word and Visio to one based on Axure RP. In this presentation we will discuss the issues we considered while making the switch, three examples of projects that Axure made a difference for, and finally some of the issues we encountered and the challenges still facing us.