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[ Video ] Convincing Stakeholders to Shorten the Feature List (3 Critical UX Questions, Part 3 of 7)

Your client or your product owner comes to you with a laundry list of features and functions they want to implement. Naturally, because you know you can’t do it all, you ask “which of these are most important/have to be implemented now?” We both know what the answer to that question is: “all of them.”

In far too many organizations, the urgent always trumps the important. In this third video in the series, I’ll show you how to change that:

Of the UX questions I’m asked most often, the one that absolutely tops

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[ Video ] Your Burning UX Questions Answered!

Whether you’re at the very beginning of your UX career journey or are just dealing with the natural challenges that arise in any situation, questions come with the territory.

In a recent webinar, I fielded questions that ran the gamut from “How do I leverage my business degree in UX?” to “what do I do when the dev team says my UX/UI solution is impossible?” to “what is the most important thing to know about UX?”

These were fantastic questions, and I was honored to give my two cents. I think

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[ Video ] The Art of Selling UX

One of the most common struggles people share with me is the obstacles they face in “selling” UX to their organizations and their clients. This is a road I’ve been down more than a few times, and in a recent webinar I presented some of my tips and strategies for dealing with and overcoming resistance to best UX practices. We also had a follow-on Q&A session where attendees asked their most burning questions.

These are time-tested tactics that you can add to your own methodologies to reduce the friction you’re experiencing. I

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5 Rules for Better UX Interviews

5 rules for better UX interviews

If you’re responsible for helping make a product reality, then it’s also your responsibility to uncover what’s going to make that product useful, usable and valuable, to both users and to your client’s business. In other words, it’s your job to identify the strategy behind the work you’re doing and make sure you’re solving the right problems.

The best way to do that, of course, is the UX Interview. Talk to the people who have the most to gain (or lose) from your work: stakeholders and users.

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Pick My Brain #011: Do I have to use blue for hyperlinks in my UI design?

Do I have to use blue for hyperlinks in my UI design
Today’s question comes from Krista, one of the 11,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

Q: Is it important to use blue for hyperlinks? Blue clashes with our color palette. Do I need a different color for links moused over? selected? If so, what is a rule of thumb for that?

A: Great question Krista. The short answer is no, blue is not required at all. What is important, however, is that:

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    Pick My Brain #010: Navigation Design vs. Interaction Design

    Navigation Design vs Interaction Design

    Today’s question comes from Ganesh Kumar, one of 11,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

    Q: If I am not wrong, interaction design is where we make decisions like what happens when user clicks on a button, e.g. should it launch a new window or take the user to another page etc. Isn’t that the navigation as well? I am very confused on these two elements, could you please clarify?

    A: Thanks for the great question Ganesh, and it’s one that gets asked more often

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    4 Tips for Adding Lean UX to an Agile Development Process

    4 Tips for Adding Lean UX to an Agile Development Process

    As organizations of all shapes and sizes come to grips with the fact that UX is critical to project and product success, a common question resurfaces time and again:

    “How do we add Lean UX practices to our current process?”

    When I hear this question, I know that what’s really being expressed is concern, and in some cases, fear. What they really want to know is how can we do this without screwing up the way we do things now?

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    Pick My Brain #009: Interaction Design vs. Interface Design

    Interaction Design vs. Interface Design

    Today’s question comes from S. Mitra, one of the 10,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

    Q: In principle, I understand why Interaction and Interface design may be worded differently, but am having a bit of a difficulty getting head around the difference between them. For example: when I have an entire wireframe complete with planned functionality waiting for the visual design to sit on top of it, is that interface or interaction?

    A: This is an excellent (and very common) question. Here’s my quick take

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    3 critical secrets for better UX requirements

    3 critical secrets for better UX requirements

    All too often, UX requirements come from a scenario where the discussion in the room is focused on the product itself – data, processes, controls, functionality. It’s usually a “what will it do and how will we build that” discussion. Most IT folks I’ve worked with refer to the process as “gathering requirements.” There are two problems with this concept.

    First, and I’m stealing this from Kim Goodwin, because she’s 100% right — is that requirements can’t be “gathered.” They’re not growing on a tree in

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    UXers: If you could sit down with me for coffee or a beer…

    …what’s your #1 most burning question you’d want to ask me?

    Click here and let me know.

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