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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 ...

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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  • 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
  • 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
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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! @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • #1 STATISTICS I upped my game from generating charts to transforming data and doing analysis. @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.  @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • #2 BUSINESS SKILLS I upped my game by learning how to make alliances and get things done in a big organization. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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  • Up your game!Use business savvy toget buy-in early on inthe project, anticipateblocks and removethem. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • #3 PSYCHOLOGY I upped my game by learning how people think straight from the source: actual psychology studies. @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.  @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • #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
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  • Up your game!Read narrative fictionto learn different waysof communicating ideaseffectively. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • #5 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS I upped my game by using trust and respect to build an effective work environment. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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  • Up your game!Understandinginterpersonal relationsand cultivating trust isessential to getting ourjob done. @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
  • 1. Statistics2. Business3. Psychology4. Narrative fiction5. Interpersonal relations @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11
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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 reading list:http://tinyurl.com/upyrgameLeanna Gingras@leegoesplaceshttp://www.usabilityfail.com @leegoesplaces #upyrgame #ias11