Boiling the ocean of expected UX / Design capabilities
Yesterday I published a tweet and video of a list I had started on twitter.
The list was building on an old matrix I had developed for UX and Design skills. Several people had asked me about this matrix since I mentioned it in this older post. However, it is rather outdated and as part of my ongoing efforts, I wanted to give it a refresh.
I started with a list from top of my head, written on mobile evernote on commutes. I then integrated with the previous items I had captured and added some more. I then tweeted for more input and added some of those.
Several people suggested they wanted to help me, and that I should share this list on a google sheet or similar. I felt uncomfortable about that. It’s still very raw. It’s incomplete. It needs more explanation.
Despite all of this, I’m up for a challenge and being challenged. So I’m sharing the link here for people to contribute, once they have read through this post.
What this is
- An early list
- Early categories for some of the items
- About relevant skills, techniques, tools, characteristics of modern day designers (UX, Product design, Service design etc.)
- A tab of the old skills matrix I created at RMA Consulting
What this is not
- A refined list (yet)
- A categorised list (yet)
- A framework to be used in practice (yet)
- An opportunity for debate (yet)
I want to…
- Create as exhaustive a list as possible — by end of May 2018
- Illustrate complexity of designer expectations in 2018 — by end of May 2018
- Create meaningful structuring around these areas — by end of August 2018
- Develop tools to help individuals and teams map themselves and model where they want to develop — by end of 2018
- Support the work I have started (as illustrated here) — ongoing
Help I am seeking
I would appreciate help…
- Gathering more items — I want to be as exhaustive as possible at every level of abstraction
- Finding synonyms / reframinhgs for existing items
- Structuring the items (later)
- Feeding back on the relevance (later)
Rules of engagement
I am placing trust in you, the community. I would appreciate it if you follow these rules of engagement to help make it palatable and ideally, easier, for me
- Don’t delete anything — add comment into relevant cell
- Don’t relabel things — add alternative labels
- Don’t challenge the process, but do offer any advice if you have it
- Don’t touch the old tabs — they’re for reference only. Comment but don’t amend
- Don’t steal all the work and claim it as your own — this will all end up in the community in a better state. I don’t intend to claim it as my own, but I do intend to be recognised for my efforts
- Add your name and twitter handle or Linkedin page as a contributor and describe what you contributed
So, if after all that you are up for helping, you can find a link to the Google sheet here.
I look forward to seeing what happens.