Feb 2010 CT UPA Newsletter


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The Connecticut Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association (CTUPA) is one of the newer chapters of UPA. Our charter was officially ratified in December 2006, and we've had a very productive and very enlightening first couple of years.

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Feb 2010 CT UPA Newsletter

  1. 1. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS! FEBRUARY 7, 2010 CTUPA.ORG NEWSLETTER Our February Meeting 2010 Membership Three Topics - Three Speakers Drive Continues! We need you to join us, renew • Usability and Electronic Medical Records your membership, and • Mobile Device Testing participate in the excitement. • Remote Usability Testing Software We’ve made dues payment as simple as possible. Just access the PayPal account off the BLACKBERRY membership tab on 320 X 240 www.ctupa.org - and you can Page title https://www.url.com/iphone remit your 2010 dues through PayPal [$25.00 for professionals & $10.00 for students]. What could be easier? PayPal web site allows you to use your Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Be assured that the transaction is secure - PayPal has a spotless reputation for protecting customer data and employing the very strongest encryption The next Chapter meeting will healthcare costs, yet EMR and data transmission be held on Thursday, February 25, implementation failure rates remain technology. 2009 at Open Solutions, in high. We'll look at how usability plays Glastonbury, CT (directions on page into this and review key aspects of a 3). In addition to the regular usable EMR system.". AJ Siegel of networking session starting at Travelers will share techniques and 6:30pm, we will be exploring three outcomes from usability testing Annual Dues separate topics, by three speakers. mobile devices - and finally, Michael Only Chris Shafer, VP of Product Design Rawlins of Open Solutions will share $25 for MResult, will be sharing "Usability trends and methods to exploit web- and Electronic Medical Records" based remote usability testing tools. Electronic Medical Records Prepare yourself for a spirited and have been identified as a key informative meeting. component in controlling rising ! PAGE 1
  2. 2. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS! FEBRUARY 7, 2010 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 2009 was a tremendous growth year for CT Travelers is the interim Vice President. Paul Linton UPA. Our membership increased by more than 50% & I are thrilled to have these two gentleman as We have enjoyed meeting dozens of potential fellow officers. They come with great vision, talent members who have attended meetings along the way. and energy. They have both expressed interest in Our most well attended meeting was when Mad*Pow running for the new slate of 2010 officers. Design presented. The meeting drew 60 plus people As we enter March, we will be electing a new - and yielded several new members last year. This is a slate of officers. I encourage you to consider running tremendous milestone for our young group - and for an officer slot - because we need the energy and truly reflects a critical success factor “volunteers are ideas of our talented and diverse membership. If you our greatest asset”. are interested in a role (and need someone to share In addition to the countless volunteers that have responsibilities of that role) please do not hesitate to stepped up to coordinate a meeting (Indira Permalla, contact me. We will be kicking off the election Pat Bristol, Larry Luckom, Joe Rice, Trina Hare, Ken shortly - I am hoping all of the members participate Woodhouse, Tamara Rome - just to name a few) - I in the voting process. want to recognize the chapter officers. Paul Linton Let’s make 2010 a stellar year of networking and (Treasurer), Herb Wexler (Vice President) and Aneta career growth. Let’s leverage our fellow members to Hall (Secretary) squeezed time out of their busy become the nations new hotbed of user experience schedules to guide the program events and talent. Let’s attract great speakers, and continue to administration in 2009. But truth be told - it seems deliver compelling program events. Let’s partner to like all of our calendars and increased job refresh our website and establish a tangible, responsibilities made it difficult (downright unforgettable CT UPA brand. Let’s partner with challenging) to attend meetings and fulfill leadership other groups (like SNPMI & IIBA) to recruit new responsibilities. Both Aneta Hall and Herb Wexler members and increase resigned their officer roles late 2009. They will be awareness. And finally, lets missed in those roles - however, I am confident that attract new sponsors that will they will continue to play visible roles in the chapter enable us to grow beyond our for years to come. imaginations. I’m fired up - We are very fortunate to have two extremely and I truly look forward to talented individuals step forward to assume these the challenge! open officer roles. Brandon Marino, BA/Usability Analyst from Cigna has assumed the role of Secretary & AJ Siegel, Usability Manager, from Michael Rawlins President CT UPA michael.rawlins@gmail.com The 2010 CT UPA Elections q Make your mark in March! ! PAGE 2
  3. 3. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS! FEBRUARY 7, 2010 Meeting Information & Location: Calendar Starts at 6:30 Thursday February 25th March - Chapter Meeting - Election - Details - Website Survey Results April - Chapter Meeting - Website Mockups - Invited Speaker May - Chapter Meeting - Design Slam!!! June Chapter Meeting Invited Speaker July Meeting Three - 30 minute mini talks Usability Classes at Manchester Community College March 31st (2 full days) Intro to Usability & Design Open Solutions, 455 Winding Brook Drive, Glastonbury, CT. April 28th (2 full days) As is our custom, light refreshments will be available at 6:30, Intermediate Usability and informal networking will ensue until the meeting commences at 7:00. May 7th (2 evenings) Social Media Business Strategy Instructor: Michael Rawlins See Credit Free Catalog ! PAGE 3
  4. 4. CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF USABILITY PROFESSIONALS! FEBRUARY 7, 2010 THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS (new 2010 sponsor) Our sincere thanks to our corporate sponsors for their generous support, donations of refreshments and hosting of our program events. RECAP OF OUR JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING “ALL ABOUT BRAND” - THE DONALDSON GROUP ROCKS! We had the distinct pleasure of hearing Jaye Donaldson (CEO) and Lenore Mohr (Interactive Strategist) of the Donaldson Group, discuss the value and importance of brand. The discussion was extremely audience driven and interactive. The 32 attendees explored very diverse dimensions of brand - asking questions that brought to light why usability professionals should understand brand. Jaye Among the content discussed - Jaye shared research metrics about which companies have the most recognizable brands. She expertly wove the importance of online brand versus traditional offline branding. There were threads of discussions about generational differences, brand value/equity and threats to brand. Lenore shared the importance of social networking - as a medium that’s in its early evolution and “not a fad - and not going away...” The audience was fully engaged - many have requested they return sometime in 2010 for other topics. Our sincere thanks to The Donaldson Group for a great evening and most Lenore interesting topic. ! PAGE 4