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Friday, May 29 • 9:15am - 10:00am
The Great UX Debates

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In the UX community, we all know that the answer to complicated questions is usually “It depends.” This doesn’t mean that constructive debate is useless - in fact, it can help us refine our thinking (or perhaps even change our mind) about the methods and processes we often take for granted. In this fast-moving and exciting session, we will take on 3 eternal debates within the UX community. Three bold debaters will argue the affirmative cases below, while 3 contrarians will boldly challenge them. Are you as passionate about one of these topics as our great debaters? Bring your arguments to the session - each round will allow for spirited audience participation.

The 3 affirmative cases:
  1. Personas have outlived their usefulness as a UX method. (Eva v. Colleen)
  2. High fidelity prototyping reduces design time and makes testing more accurate. (Jen v. Chris)
  3. We have lost the core principles of UCD to be Agile. (Ann v. Jeremy)

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Kriegel

Jeremy Kriegel

UX Director, Audible
Jeremy Kriegel has been designing great user experiences (UX) for 20+ years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process... Read More →
avatar for Chris LaRoche

Chris LaRoche

Senior User Experience Consultant, MIT
UX geek, researcher, & lecturer. All things Canada, Ireland, and Iceland.
avatar for Jen McGinn

Jen McGinn

Director of User Experience, CloudHealth by VMware
avatar for Colleen McCretton

Colleen McCretton

User Experience Design & Research, Fidelity
I\'ve been working in UX since before I knew that was what it was called, first with IBM, then with Vistaprint and now with Fidelity. I\'m a big fan of Design Thinking, Agile and Lean practices and especially how they can impact enterprise software where the users don\'t have as much... Read More →
avatar for Eva Kaniasty

Eva Kaniasty

UX Consultant, Slipper Studios / Brandeis U
Eva Kaniasty is the founder of a user experience consultancy providing UX strategy, research and interaction design. Her areas of interest include startups, education, healthcare, and design for sustainability. She received her Master in Human Factors from Bentley University, served... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2020 9:15am - 10:00am
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