Upping your game: Five Things IAs Need To Talk About MoreLeanna Gingras - @leegoesplaces#ias11 #upyrgame"A human being sho...
My background My problemFive disciplines that have helped me up my game:   Statistics   Business   Psychology   Narrative ...
Flickr user donhomer   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Why?       @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Maybe its just me.              @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Maybe IAs arent talking to each  other about non-IA topics.                    @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Maybe conferences deliberately       keep it simple.                    @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
So what should we do?              @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Here are five disciplines that have  helped me up my game as a           practitioner!                        @leegoesplac...
#1   STATISTICS     I upped my game from     generating charts to     transforming data and doing     analysis.           ...
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Original image from http://www.technotraits.com/2008/09/awsome-tips-to-effectively-use-ms-excel-2007/                     ...
http://www.activewin.com/reviews/previews/office10/Images/xlgraph.jpg   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Up your game! Use statistics make surethat your data is right,and that your data istelling the story youclaim its telling....
#2   BUSINESS SKILLS     I upped my game by learning     how to make alliances and get     things done in a big     organi...
My story           @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Flickr user ctbto   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Up your game!Use business savvy toget buy-in early on inthe project, anticipateblocks and removethem.                  @le...
#3   PSYCHOLOGY     I upped my game by learning     how people think straight     from the source: actual     psychology s...
@leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20030550-93.html   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~ajordan/papers/Jordan%20et%20al.%20(2011)%20-%20Misery%20Has%20More%20Company.pdf          ...
@leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Up your game!Use primary-sourcepsychology to learnhow to better studyhumans and design forhumans.                 @leegoes...
#4   NARRATIVE FICTION     I upped my game by polishing     my writing, plotting, and     planning skills.                ...
@leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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GRE analytical reasoning scores 2006-2009Data from ETS (pdf)                          @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Data from ETS (pdf)   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Flickr user: Beth77   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
http://jonny.snsy.de/?p=372   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
http://sampottsinc.com/ij/http://sampottsinc.com/ij/     @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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Up your game!Read narrative fictionto learn different waysof communicating ideaseffectively.                @leegoesplaces...
#5   INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS     I upped my game by using     trust and respect to build an     effective work environment...
@leegoesplaces/media.photobucket.com/image/burn%20bridge/constitutionman/DeweyBridgeApr72008.jpg               #upyrgame #...
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Flickr user: caveman92223   @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Up your game!Understandinginterpersonal relationsand cultivating trust isessential to getting ourjob done.                ...
1. Statistics2. Business3. Psychology4. Narrative fiction5. Interpersonal relations                   @leegoesplaces #upyr...
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Now share yourexperiences with me.               @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
Thank you!I hope you all start looking for inspirationeverywhere, not just in these 5 fields. Check out my #upyrgame readi...
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Learning how to do information architecture holistically is damn hard, and standard IA conferences and books often don’t deliver so much as they repeat the same tired old saws. How’s a sophomore IA to learn and improve their practice in this echo chamber? By challenging ourselves to explore disciplines outside of IA.

We’ll talk about just a few of the disciplines we can draw insight and wisdom from. We’ll learn why it’s important to make sure our findings are statistically valid, how a passion for literature translates into better communication skills, and why we should take psychology, business and relationships as seriously as we take IA. Finally, we’ll examine real-life examples of how going outside of our comfort zone can help us produce our strongest, most innovative, and best work.

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  1. 1. Upping your game: Five Things IAs Need To Talk About MoreLeanna Gingras - @leegoesplaces#ias11 #upyrgame"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balanceaccounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, giveorders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem,pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently,and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  2. 2. My background My problemFive disciplines that have helped me up my game: Statistics Business Psychology Narrative fiction Interpersonal relationsWhats been helpful for you? @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  3. 3. Flickr user donhomer @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  4. 4. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  5. 5. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  6. 6. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  7. 7. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  8. 8. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  9. 9. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  10. 10. Why? @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  11. 11. Maybe its just me. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  12. 12. Maybe IAs arent talking to each other about non-IA topics. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  13. 13. Maybe conferences deliberately keep it simple.  @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  14. 14. So what should we do? @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  15. 15. Here are five disciplines that have helped me up my game as a practitioner! @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  16. 16. #1 STATISTICS I upped my game from generating charts to transforming data and doing analysis. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  17. 17. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  18. 18. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  19. 19. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  20. 20. Original image from http://www.technotraits.com/2008/09/awsome-tips-to-effectively-use-ms-excel-2007/ @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  21. 21. http://www.activewin.com/reviews/previews/office10/Images/xlgraph.jpg @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  22. 22. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  23. 23. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  24. 24. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  25. 25. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  26. 26. Up your game! Use statistics make surethat your data is right,and that your data istelling the story youclaim its telling.  @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  27. 27. #2 BUSINESS SKILLS I upped my game by learning how to make alliances and get things done in a big organization. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  28. 28. My story @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  29. 29. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  30. 30. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  31. 31. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  32. 32. Flickr user ctbto @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  33. 33. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  34. 34. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  35. 35. Up your game!Use business savvy toget buy-in early on inthe project, anticipateblocks and removethem. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  36. 36. #3 PSYCHOLOGY I upped my game by learning how people think straight from the source: actual psychology studies. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  37. 37. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  38. 38. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  39. 39. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  40. 40. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  41. 41. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20030550-93.html @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  42. 42. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  43. 43. http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~ajordan/papers/Jordan%20et%20al.%20(2011)%20-%20Misery%20Has%20More%20Company.pdf @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  44. 44. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  45. 45. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  46. 46. Up your game!Use primary-sourcepsychology to learnhow to better studyhumans and design forhumans.  @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  47. 47. #4 NARRATIVE FICTION I upped my game by polishing my writing, plotting, and planning skills. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  48. 48. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  49. 49. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  50. 50. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  51. 51. GRE analytical reasoning scores 2006-2009Data from ETS (pdf) @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  52. 52. Data from ETS (pdf) @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  53. 53. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  54. 54. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  55. 55. Flickr user: Beth77 @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  56. 56. http://jonny.snsy.de/?p=372 @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  57. 57. http://sampottsinc.com/ij/http://sampottsinc.com/ij/ @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  58. 58. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  59. 59. Up your game!Read narrative fictionto learn different waysof communicating ideaseffectively. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  60. 60. #5 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS I upped my game by using trust and respect to build an effective work environment. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  61. 61. @leegoesplaces/media.photobucket.com/image/burn%20bridge/constitutionman/DeweyBridgeApr72008.jpg #upyrgame #ias11
  62. 62. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  63. 63. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  64. 64. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  65. 65. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  66. 66. Flickr user: caveman92223 @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  67. 67. Up your game!Understandinginterpersonal relationsand cultivating trust isessential to getting ourjob done. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  68. 68. 1. Statistics2. Business3. Psychology4. Narrative fiction5. Interpersonal relations @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  69. 69. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  70. 70. Now share yourexperiences with me. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  71. 71. Thank you!I hope you all start looking for inspirationeverywhere, not just in these 5 fields. Check out my #upyrgame reading list:http://tinyurl.com/upyrgameLeanna Gingras@leegoesplaceshttp://www.usabilityfail.com @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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