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

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This was presented at the IA Summit '09 by Kyle Soucy and Nasir Barday.

This was presented at the IA Summit '09 by Kyle Soucy and Nasir Barday.

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  • 1. UX Organizations How to start and run a successful local group or chapter Kyle Soucy & Nasir Barday IA Summit 3.22.09
  • 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. The growth of the industry is in your hands UX
  • 4. What’s already out there?
  • 5. What about UXnet.org?
  • 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. Places Just about anywhere! • Bars/Restaurants • Schools • Design studios • Tool makers • Recruiting Firms •
  • 8. Things to do Informal gatherings • Conference reduxes • Debate • Design Studios •
  • 9. Things to do • Agency Walkthroughs • Hands-on training and demos
  • 10. Partyyyyyyyyyyy!
  • 11. Invited Speakers Easier than you think • Required honorariums rare • May have to pay speaker travel costs • Shape the content! • Idea: Speaker Exchange •
  • 12. Panels • Need a strong facilitator • Pre-plan with panelists
  • 13. Design Slam • Short (~7-minute) presentations • Multiple speakers • Toastmasters for designers
  • 14. Promoting your events • Mailing lists (tag with [EVENT]) • Social network love • Calendars: • Live Streams • Co-sponsor events with other orgs
  • 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. How to start your own chapter or group Case study:
  • 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. The birth of NH UX QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 19. Where should we have meetings? Source:
www.visitnh.gov/student/geography.html
  • 20. Do we join an association? If so, which one?
  • 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. Outcome
  • 23. Pitfalls to Avoid
  • 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. • 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. Thank you! Questions? Kyle Soucy Kylesoucy@usableinterface.com Nasir Barday Nasir@userlicious.com