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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

Image:IBM Connect 2016 - Design Thinking Sessions!


This year (next year?) at IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando the User Experience team will be introducing some new types of sessions for attendees. This is our Design Thinking series: an interactive, fun, entertaining, and stimulating experience - one in which you, the attendees are part of the session. There will be no sitting around listening to someone pitch their slides and do a demo! (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Want to learn more about IBM Design and design thinking? Read this article in the New York Times.

What can you expect to do during these sessions?
- Work directly with lead designers, developers, and product managers in defining goals and use cases in different problem spaces. Check out the topics below.
- Learn about design thinking by doing it! We'll use a number of different methods, depending on the session. We can tell you about it for days, but you only learn by doing. These sessions are highly interactive and collaborative in nature.
- Design thinking is not just for product development. We've done sessions on business models, service design, and even to help managers think about their own practices.
- Have fun. Why? Our team is fun! We are experienced facilitators in design thinking and will lead you through the experience.

You can find the sessions in the official session preview tool but I pulled them out for you. I am helpful!

1505: Design Thinking - From zero to heros: Exploring how collaboration leads to innovation
We know that the need to innovate quickly is pushing people to work differently and collaborate more seamlessly. Influence the design direction for Connections Next by participating in this hands-on design session exploring small team collaboration. Help us understand where and how you work with others most effectively. Plus, be one of the first to give us input on designs for small team collaboration and keeping track of important updates.

1366: Design Thinking for Application Development
Learn about design thinking in an interactive presentation - you'll participate and learn in a hands on way. You'll learn the basics of Design Thinking and help solve a particular design problem for our application development solution.

1631: Design Thinking: Digital Customer Experience
Engaging beyond the four walls of your business is no longer an aspiration, but is an imperative. Join our design team and share your ideas and needs to help inform our near-term and long-term product roadmap.

1455: Design Thinking: Encouraging desired content behavior through fun
Did you know you can increase the use of stairs by 66% if you make them look and sound like a giant piano? You can also reduce urinal spillage by 80% by adding an image of a fly in just the right spot. Let's define the top file- and content-related activities that you would like to encourage in your organization (for example, send file links instead of attachments?)...and then let's figure out how to make those behaviors irresistibly fun!

1471: Design Thinking: What would it feel like if your Inbox could help you prioritize your Mail?
What would it feel like if your Inbox could help you prioritize your Mail? Or if it recommend actions you should take to resolve tasks? If you could ask Verse a question, what would it be? Come explore the future of the Inbox and help us articulate the next evolution in the #NewWaytoWork.

1468: Design Thinking: When did I lose control of my calendar?
When did I lose control of my calendar? Who are all these people booking meetings with me, and when am I expected to actually get my real work done? How do I regain control of my day? If these questions have ever crossed your mind, then come help us imagine a future where your calendar is your own and your time is focused on the important things #ProtectMyPreciousTime

“Designers [...] don't try to search for a solution until they have determined the real problem, and even then, instead of solving that problem, they stop to consider a wide range of potential solutions. Only then will they finally converge upon their proposal. This process is called ‘design thinking’.” - Don Norman


These sessions will surely be the highlight of Connect 2016. I hope you can make it!

Chris Reckling
IBM Practice Lead, Mobile UX

Chris Reckling | 17 November 2015 12:45:00 PM ET |

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