Tag User centred design

Getting started with user research workshop recording

The workshop that Lizzie and I delivered went down pretty well, I think. You can find out for yourself by watching it back. It’s a quick canter through different methods of undertaking user research, aimed at those new to the whole idea. I think user research is a super-important thing for digital teams to get involved with as quickly as possible, because it’s a cultural game changer. If you want to be more user-centric in your work, there’s no better way of doing it than actually speaking to, and understanding, your users. As well as watching the video, you can:…

Comparing service design and business analysis

As I’ve spoken about service design over last few years a number of people have told me that they are business analysts and that they do the things that a service designer does. I’ve especially heard this a lot working with government organisations in the UK. I’ve also seen service designers working more like business analysts which doesn’t always help the teams or organisations they’re working with.

FREE online workshop: getting started with user research

This workshop is free for public sector people. Please use your work email address to make it easy to recognise you! It’s happening on Thursday 16 December, 12pm on Zoom. User research is one of the most important stages of any successful digital project. However it often gets missed, and that’s often because people just aren’t used to doing it. Involving service users in research and testing is a big cultural change for organisations, and takes a fair bit of confidence to start doing for the first time. In this workshop, Lizzie Bruce from Cake Consultancy joins me to introduce…

5 videos to help leaders understand digital

Following on from the workshop I ran with LGiU last week on digital for leaders (which went very well, thank you for asking), I shared a few bits with the delegates – further reading, if you will. Part of that was a set of videos on YouTube that cover some of the important areas that folk in senior positions really need to understand, delivered by people with far greater expertise than me. Here they are – try and get them in front of your senior leadership team, if you can, and book in a chat with them shortly afterwards to…

Workshop recording: simple service discovery

Here’s the recording of the workshop I ran this morning which looked at using a simple template to find out more about the service we are looking to digital redesign. We used the example of reporting fly tipping, as well as having a general chat towards the end about how best to engage with service managers when embarking on transformation work. As well as watching the video, you can: Download the slides Find the template on Google Drive See our fly tipping example Read the chat notes from the session If you have any topics you’d like to be covered…

Everyone loves a roadmap

In agile programmes people prefer to talk about roadmaps rather than plans. This post is about the reasons behind this and the benefits of using a roadmap rather than a gantt chart to manage pure agile, or mixed methodology programmes.

UX Theatre: Are You Just Acting Like You’re Doing User-Centered Design?

Organizations have latched on to "user-centered design" as a buzzword. In many cases, executives seem to misinterpret it as a euphemism for "thinking from a user's perspective." They don't fund user research or provide project owners the latitude to create teams that include UX and service designers. For all the talk about users, there is no consideration given to including them in the design and delivery process.