A ridiculous intersection of assorted pretensions; a UX and mobile web geek. All the while seeking a vocation and planning on world domination one programming language at a time.
The Power of the Jam
Finding new ways of testing and validating design
My name is Florence Okoye.
I do UX and Service design. And I like to think a lot.
I really like talking UX
...Because AS DESIGNERS, WE curate the intersection of humanity and technology
I'm a theorist...
...WHO HATES BEING A THEORIST
Which brings us to the jam
What is a jam?
"Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments [and] your skills. Someone sets up a theme, and you Jam around it. You don't overanalyse it, you don't discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back.
"The Global Jam works in just the same way. But it's not music you are Jamming - it's ideas.
the jam process
SO How can it help?
As an in-house UX designer, there are many challenges you will always face
How can it help ?
4 jam HACKS WOT I found useful
This is the bit where the title makes sense
1. jam culture
make a jam culture
Take everything as a case study
A Jam culture is built upon lived experience
Document your learnings
Make sure it's accessible for everyone to join in
Be prepared for change - culture evolves!
2. adopt the makers ethos
DON'T TALK, MAKE
Prototype, prototype, prototype!
If you can't explain it,
If you can explain it, then you should definitely be able to make it!
Document your design decision flow - the branches will help generate test cases
3. TEST in anger
AND TEST HARD
Testing with users is a given, so try spicing it up a bit
Testing with non-users is also good to help solidify your user story
Use your design journey to spur test cases
Use tests to settle those unsettleable conversations
4. humility breeds testability
Treat ideas as precious resources
Don't be dismissive - let them build up
You're not going to come up with all the answers
Leave space for the designers of tomorrow
Problems also evolve - they respond to their context
SO, IN CONCLUSION...
Create a Jam culture based on lived experience.
Make it big and clear to everyone.
Make it open access!
Treat everything you do as a case study
PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE!
TALK/DON'T TALK - BE SURE TO MAKE
DOCUMENT YOUR DESIGN PATH - IT WILL PROVIDE TEST CASES LATER
test WITH anyone and everyone
test to get rid of DESIGN-BLOCK
REMEMBER YOU DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
REMEMBER YOU PROBABLY WILL NEVER HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
THINK "YES AND--"; BUILD UP IDEAS, DON'T DISCARD
Do a Jam!
Thank you for listening
The Power of the Jam