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Project Management Essentials at MAUVSA Advance Conference

I recently presented a project management workshop at the MAUVSA Advance Conference (MAC). I spoke to a roughly 50 college students from schools in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. I focused the presentation around iterative project management and the Deming cycle (plan-do-check-act). I found many student organizations still subscribe to the traditional approach to project management where there’s a much larger upfront planning effort and long or non-existent feedback loops. To help drive home the advantages of PDCA, we played the airplane game taken from Jeff Sutherland’s book, “The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.”

Preparing for #GivingTuesday

We’re just several weeks away from #GivingTuesday (December 2, 2014) and many non-profits are gearing up for what’s poised to be one of the biggest giving days of the year for charities. If you haven’t started preparing yet, here are a couple of things you can do to begin getting ready for this dedicated giving day:

  1. Learn about #GivingTuesday and access resources at the Giving Tuesday website.
  2. Create a fundraising campaign theme and key messaging
  3. Rally your staff, volunteers, and constituents to begin contributing on #GivingTuesday

I’d love to see all the charities out there take advantage of this special day of giving. Good luck!

Here are some other resources to check out as well:

  • http://www.92y.org/givingtuesday
  • http://www1.networkforgood.org/givingtuesday/
  • https://www.indiegogo.com/partners/givingtuesday

Happy World Usability Day!

Happy World Usability Day to all my UXers out there! Just returned from a World Usability Day special event at Gannett/USA Today headquarters. UXPA DC hosted a panel of speakers and discussed their perspectives on current and future trends to engage with users. I was reminded user experience is about making people’s lives easier; it’s about making things more efficient so they can have more time to do the things that are important to them.