We are officially present for new business and innovation opportunities in San Francisco, US. The strong partnership we established with BldX Inc. made it possible to accomplish this.
By opening our 4th office in Silicon Valley, we make a statement that we are a truly global company that connects opportunities with software development, a team that identifies new business models and develops as Agile as possible.
Where we are right now is the sum of all the mistakes and the learnings we accumulated in the last 2 years. We face tough competition, but we are a team of warriors and not worriers.
A couple of weeks back I’ve went to DevTalks – an event for the romanian IT Community – to talk about “How to Build and Grow Amazing User Experience Teams”.
In short, this were the key points of my presentation:
1. Hire wisely.
When you hire, try to overlap the skills of your team members so that everyone has a little bit of knowledge about what others do.
2. Prototyping and feedback.
Great teams don’t work in the shadows until they finish a project. They try to prototype and get feedback as soon as possible for everything they can.
3. Delivers often and quality
Every UX team should be focused on delivering top quality work in a fast paced environment. Sometimes we feel the need to cut the quality because we are on a tight deadline, but maybe we could break the task in little pieces so that we can deliver quality faster.
4. They Pause
From time to time it’s good to leave the work aside and go experience things for yourself. Go and interact with new things and new people. Go and see new places. A lot of good things may come from a break. How else could you facilitate experiences for others if you don’t get enough experiences for yourself?
5. Choose wisely when to collaborate and when to isolate
This one is pretty simple: sometimes we need to collaborate with others so that we can get things done and sometimes we need to go in a quiet room so that we can think and analyse our gathered data. The trick is to know when to work with others and when to isolate yourself.
6. They talk about the net effect of the product
This is what drives an amazing UX team. The change a product brings in the lives of it’s users. Does it save lives? Does it save time? Or, maybe both?
Users like products that look and work very good. But they love the products that look, work and bring some magic into their lives.