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Is the Grass Greener? A look at Roles and Transitions in UX Careers

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Ever wondered what your next career move should be? Are you trying to decide between practitioner and manager, debating whether to grow the UX practice at your current company or leave, deciding whether to leave a consultancy for the corporate world or a large company for a small one?
The panelists have encountered these transitions and held diverse UX roles including Manager, Team Lead, Designer, Researcher and Consultant. They’ve made moves from small and large companies, including NASA, HP, IBM, Mile Two, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, End to End User Research, Synaptics and Sophic Synergistics.

We will share our perspectives on transitioning between UX roles, finding the right fit, and the pros and cons of working in various roles and environments. We will facilitate a discussion with the audience, while sharing insights from our varied experiences.

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Is the Grass Greener? A look at Roles and Transitions in UX Careers

  1. 1. Is the Grass Greener? A look at Roles and Transitions in UX Careers UXPA 2019 Moderator: Jeff Graley, Mile Two Panelists: Christy Harper, End to End User Research , Cynthia Rando, Sophic Synergistics, Pieter Kruithof, IBM Melissa Meingast, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Mohamed Sheik-Nainar, Synaptics
  2. 2. • Access Sli.do • Panel Intro (10 minutes) • Panel Discussion (25 minutes) • Q and A (20 minutes) • Final Wrap up (5 minutes) UXPA 2019 Intro and Agenda Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 @jay_g_2 5@miletwollc 2
  3. 3. Key Questions UXPA 2019 What are the key skills for practitioners vs. managers? Beyond people managing how do you demonstrate leadership? What are the pros and cons of a corporate structure vs a small company? How do you know if consulting is right for you? How does the structure of UX in a company influence your career choices? Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 3
  4. 4. Panel Intro and Key Transitions UXPA 2019 Christy Harper, manager of a UX research team in HP to managing partner of small company, End to End User Research. Cynthia Rando, from NASA government employee to independent consultant and owner of Sophic Synergistics. Mohamed Sheik-Nainar, has grown and developed UX in his company and now manages the UX team. Melissa Meingast, from independent consultant to Program Manager of UX Research at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Pieter Kruithof, finding impactful leadership roles in OpenStack and certification boards without managing direct reports. Jeff Graley, from patient care as a military audiologist to managing human centered tech programs for Mile Two. Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 4
  5. 5. Question 1 What are the key skills and differences between individual contributors vs people managers? UXPA 2019 Melissa Meingast @melminow @HPE Mohamed Sheik-Nainar @Msheikna @SynaCorp Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 5
  6. 6. Question 2 Beyond people managing how do you demonstrate leadership? UXPA 2019 Pieter Kruithof @IBM Cynthia Rando @sophicS_LLC Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 6
  7. 7. Question 3 What are the pros and cons of a corporate structure vs a small company/consultancy? UXPA 2019 Pieter Kruithof @IBM Christy Harper @Christyy41 @E2EUserResearch Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 7
  8. 8. Question 4 How do you know if consulting is right for you? UXPA 2019 Melissa Meingast @melminow @HPE Cynthia Rando @sophicS_LLC Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 8
  9. 9. Question 5 How does the structure of UX in a company influence your career choices? UXPA 2019 Mohamed Sheik-Nainar @Msheikna @SynaCorp Christy Harper @Christyy41 @E2EUserResearch Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019 9
  10. 10. UXPA 2019 Access Sli.do to enter questions Event Code #UXPA2019
  11. 11. Contact Everyone’s email, LI/Twitter etc. Resources Podcasts The Women’s Leadership Project - “Your Declaration of Independence” https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/elizabeth-cronise-mclaughlin/the-womens-leadership- podcast/e/55182258 Articles How I've Managed to Grow my Career without Managing People https://thinkgrowth.org/how-i-ve-managed-to-grow-my-career-without-managing-people-697d0c93c0cf How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career https://hbr.org/2002/12/how-to-stay-stuck-in-the-wrong- career?fbclid=IwAR1YBUcOJd2vjcYJf8sgSC5BVM20Pfnpdw6mZijxi8_tMESsSLXn6N3_PW0 Ted talks What I Learned From Giving up Everything I Knew as a Leader https://www.ted.com/talks/jim_whitehurst_what_i_learned_from_giving_up_everything_i_knew_as_a_leader#t-509980 Why we Have too few Women Leaders https://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders?language=en UXPA 2019
  12. 12. UXPA 2019 Mohamed Sheik-Nainar @Msheikna msheikna@synaptics.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/msnainar/ Christy Harper @Christyy41 Christy@e2euserresearch.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/christyharper1/ Jeff Graley @jay_g_25 jeff@miletwo.us https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-graley-2806aa2/ Melissa Meingast @MelMinow Melissa.meingast@hpe.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-meingast-2a3a572/ Pieter Kreithof @IBM pkruithofjr@gmail.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/pkruithofjr/ Cynthia Rando @sophicS_LLC cynthiarando@sophicsynergistics.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthiarando/ Contact
  13. 13. Thank You UXPA 2019

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