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UX Organizations
How to start and run a successful local group or chapter




                                    Kyle Sou...
Why is this important?
• Networking/Professional Development

• Job hunting

• Share experience and knowledge

• Encourage...
The growth of the industry is in
        your hands




             UX
What’s already out there?
What about UXnet.org?
Local Events: A Design Brief
    Something to do
•
    A place to do it
•
    That’s it!
•
    Nice-to-haves:
•
    – Food...
Places
    Just about anywhere!
•
    Bars/Restaurants
•
    Schools
•
    Design studios
•
    Tool makers
•
    Recruiti...
Things to do
    Informal gatherings
•
    Conference reduxes
•
    Debate
•
    Design Studios
•
Things to do
• Agency Walkthroughs
• Hands-on training and demos
Partyyyyyyyyyyy!
Invited Speakers
    Easier than you think
•
    Required honorariums rare
•
    May have to pay speaker travel costs
•
  ...
Panels
• Need a strong facilitator
• Pre-plan with panelists
Design Slam
• Short (~7-minute) presentations
• Multiple speakers
• Toastmasters for designers
Promoting your events
• Mailing lists (tag with [EVENT])
• Social network love
• Calendars:




• Live Streams
• Co-sponso...
Volunteers
    Lots will step up, few follow through
•
    Split up work into bite-sized pieces
•
    Be flexible enough to...
How to start your own chapter
or group

Case study:
TechMaine UUUG


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                                     2
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The birth of NH UX



                   QuickTime™ and a
                     decompressor
             are needed to see...
Where should we have meetings?




Source:
www.visitnh.gov/student/geography.html
Do we join an association?
If so, which one?
Becoming a UPA Chapter
• Write a tentative plan and petition - decide Chapter
  name, boundaries, and officers
• Create Cha...
Outcome
Pitfalls to Avoid
• Don't plan month-to-month... plan months ahead

• Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

• Don't just have speakers... mix it up
...
• Host your meetings in a central area and venture outside
  of that area a few times

• Be careful not to form cliques by...
Thank you!


Questions?

Kyle Soucy
Kylesoucy@usableinterface.com

Nasir Barday
Nasir@userlicious.com
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  1. 1. UX Organizations How to start and run a successful local group or chapter Kyle Soucy & Nasir Barday IA Summit 3.22.09
  2. 2. Why is this important? • Networking/Professional Development • Job hunting • Share experience and knowledge • Encourage and support each other • Foster growth of the industry…
  3. 3. The growth of the industry is in your hands UX
  4. 4. What’s already out there?
  5. 5. What about UXnet.org?
  6. 6. Local Events: A Design Brief Something to do • A place to do it • That’s it! • Nice-to-haves: • – Food – Cushy venue – Professional Audio/Video – Live Stream
  7. 7. Places Just about anywhere! • Bars/Restaurants • Schools • Design studios • Tool makers • Recruiting Firms •
  8. 8. Things to do Informal gatherings • Conference reduxes • Debate • Design Studios •
  9. 9. Things to do • Agency Walkthroughs • Hands-on training and demos
  10. 10. Partyyyyyyyyyyy!
  11. 11. Invited Speakers Easier than you think • Required honorariums rare • May have to pay speaker travel costs • Shape the content! • Idea: Speaker Exchange •
  12. 12. Panels • Need a strong facilitator • Pre-plan with panelists
  13. 13. Design Slam • Short (~7-minute) presentations • Multiple speakers • Toastmasters for designers
  14. 14. Promoting your events • Mailing lists (tag with [EVENT]) • Social network love • Calendars: • Live Streams • Co-sponsor events with other orgs
  15. 15. Volunteers Lots will step up, few follow through • Split up work into bite-sized pieces • Be flexible enough to strip back • Establish a core planning committee • Get buy-in and give ownership! •
  16. 16. How to start your own chapter or group Case study:
  17. 17. TechMaine UUUG 1 2 Massachusetts: 6 2 1. Boston UPA 2. Boston CHI 3. Boston IxDA CT UPA 4. Boston STC 5. Boston IA 6. New England HFES 7. NE ASIS&T 8. North Shore Web Geeks 9. Refresh Boston 10. Boston Web Analytic 11. Web Innovators Group Source:
New
England
Archivist.org
  18. 18. The birth of NH UX QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  19. 19. Where should we have meetings? Source:
www.visitnh.gov/student/geography.html
  20. 20. Do we join an association? If so, which one?
  21. 21. Becoming a UPA Chapter • Write a tentative plan and petition - decide Chapter name, boundaries, and officers • Create Chapter Bylaws - will you charge membership? • Hold a constituting meeting • Submit paperwork to UPA Chapters Committee and Board of Directors.
  22. 22. Outcome
  23. 23. Pitfalls to Avoid
  24. 24. • Don't plan month-to-month... plan months ahead • Delegate, Delegate, Delegate • Don't just have speakers... mix it up • Don't let low attendance affect your momentum • Don't take off months • Don't forget to take pictures during events.
  25. 25. • Host your meetings in a central area and venture outside of that area a few times • Be careful not to form cliques by always talking to the people you know at every meeting • Always have name tags • Change up the days that you have your meetings • Be prepared if a speaker doesn't show
  26. 26. Thank you! Questions? Kyle Soucy Kylesoucy@usableinterface.com Nasir Barday Nasir@userlicious.com
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