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Wednesday
Mar 18, 2015
Portland Design Research Group
The Art Institute of Portland - Open Space

Rob Wilcox, Emerging Technology Design & Product Consultant, will give a talk entitled "Journey to the Heart of the Grid: User Experience Research on Wind and Solar Integration into the Electric Power System."

The North American electric grid is one of the most complex systems that has ever been designed. It is highly reliable, but it takes about the same time for a section of the grid to crash as does an airplane. The cause is almost always the same - human error and deficient situational awareness.

Rob and his team had the opportunity to engage in user experience research for a new grid system for a wholesale utility company in the U.S. The areas they identified for critical focus were the customer experience and the user experience of the grid control staff who would use the system.

Contextual inquiry uncovered some long- and immediate-term concerns, some of which they were able to address from a design standpoint, and others that will require significant future work for the electric utility sector to solve.

Rob will give a brief introduction to the problem space and research findings. He will also discuss research personas, mental models, and learnings from the research process including organizational culture and barriers, regulatory and technical challenges, and working with stakeholders.

About Portland Design Research Group

The Portland Design Research Group is a multidisciplinary networking group focused on the role of research in the design of products, services and systems in business, government and non-profits. We welcome perspectives from all disciplines, including human-computer interaction, design, market research, the social sciences, and others. Meetings will be held every other month at The Art Institute of Portland, and will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and other events, with opportunities to network and discuss relevant topics with fellow research professionals.

Thursday
Jul 27, 2017
UX Book Club: PDX - Designing Interface Animations | Val Head
Puppet

We'll be reading and discussing Val Head's book, Designing Interface Animations: Meaningful Motion for User Experience

The author will join the discussion, digitally, around 6:30.

http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/designing-interface-animation/

http://amzn.to/2tfBSiB

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Thursday
Mar 29, 2018
UX Book Club: PDX - Project Management For Humans | Brett Harned
Puppet

We'll discuss Brett Harned's recent book, Project Management For Humans: Helping People Get Things Done.

The author will join the discussion for Q+A, remotely, around 6:00.

You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon
(https://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Humans-Helping-People/dp/1933820519)

or Rosenfeld Media
(http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/project-management-for-humans/).


About the book:

Project management—it’s not just about following a template or using a tool, but rather developing personal skills and intuition to find a method that works for everyone. Whether you’re a designer or a manager, Project Management for Humans will help you estimate and plan tasks, scout and address issues before they become problems, and communicate with and hold people accountable.

About the author:

Brett Harned is a digital project management consultant, coach, and community advocate from Philadelphia, PA. His work focuses on solving issues that are important to organizations who want to produce quality digital projects in harmony. He loves to build processes and communication tactics that work not only for projects, but for the people involved in them. Prior to starting his consultancy, he was Vice President of Project Management for Happy Cog. In that role, he mentored a team of PMs and managed projects for companies like Zappos, MTV, and Monotype. Brett began blogging about his adventures in project management at brettharned.com when he realized that there was a void in the industry for people in the digital PM role. He has had the privilege to speak at various events internationally and has written for widely read industry websites and publications. One of the most satisfying projects of Brett's career has been building a global All participants must read and abide by Puppet Labs' Event Code of Conduct below:

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Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, real or implied violence, intimidation, oppression, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

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Thursday
Jun 28, 2018
What Is ResearchOps? Workshop
Epicodus

ResearchOps, an outgrowth of DesignOps, is a new and fast-growing field focused on managing research at scale and reducing operational inefficiencies. The ResearchOps Community (https://researchops.community) is now 700+ strong.

Since its creation, the Slack Community has become a place for people from all walks of research and design life to exchange ideas, know-how, and, yes, frustrations, about the running of research teams and projects.

The ResearchOps Community is running a series of global workshops to produce some kind of actionable framework for ResearchOps, and we're representing team USA with this workshop in Portland!

Anything that we (and the global community) produce out of the workshops will be open-source: made by all who take part, shared back to you, and free to use.

Some of the questions we’d like to explore are:

  1. What do you think ResearchOps includes?
  2. What research operational challenges have you experienced?
  3. What are your operational successes, if any?
  4. Where do you see opportunities to improve research operations in your organization?
  5. What should our Community do for its members?

If there are questions you’d like to explore in addition to these let us know and we’ll make time for them!

Learn more about the global workshop series here: https://medium.com/researchops-community/researchops-community-a-series-of-global-workshops-d48058ece814

AGENDA 5:30pm: Networking 6:00pm: Welcome, workshop overview 6:30pm: Explore ResearchOps and share stories (we’ll take breaks) 8:15pm: Wrap-up, next steps

Complimentary food and drinks will be provided!

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Wednesday
Apr 22, 2020
Amplify Your UX Portfolio (Design Week Portland)
Cvent

When it comes to selling yourself and your work, it can be a daunting task. Learn from the experts at Cvent how you can apply storytelling skills to your UX portfolio--even if you are just starting out.

We'll discuss what makes a portfolio stand out, the keys to building one from scratch, and common pitfalls to avoid.

Then we'll break out into small groups for individual portfolio reviews with experienced UX leaders in Product Design, Content Strategy, and User Research.

Come prepared with your own portfolio in any of those disciplines, or listen in as we work through how to make a portfolio shine.

This event is part of Design Week Portland.

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