Experienced Practitioner's Program a Big Hit at UPA 2006
By Merryl Gross
Merryl Gross is a User Interface Architect at GE Healthcare in Boston, MA, and the co-chair for the Experienced Practitioner's track at UPA 2007.
The Experienced Practitioner’s Program was a first-time event
at UPA 2006. Forty lucky participants experienced five presentations
geared to those with 5-10 years of experience in usability. The event
was overbooked, so a group of 30 held an informal session on Tuesday
morning. The informal session sparked lively and interesting discussions.
To refresh themselves afterwards, many attendees went on a mountain
hike. Check the UPA website for links to the pictures!
Both groups found the event interesting and informative. Many liked
the depth of the presentations but wished they had more time to discuss
the subject. Many liked the informal session and wanted it to continue.
Everyone liked having an interesting event for Experienced Practitioners
on Tuesday, before the conference proper started.
In 2007, we will change things up a bit. For the Experienced Practitioner's
sessions on Tuesday, we're going to try a different format. We'll
have some half-day sessions, where one or more shorter presentations
will kick off a workshop. We'll also have a session or two where
the attendees will pick their own topics, just like in the informal
There will be a call for proposals for the half-day sessions. Please
start thinking of some interesting topics on which you (and maybe
some colleagues) can present, then lead a workshop-like discussion
with the attendees. Those who sign up for the Experienced Practitioner's
sessions on Tuesday will be asked to send an "expression of
interest letter," letting presenters know a bit about their
background and why they want to attend the session. Presenters will
be able to select those attendees they think will contribute well
to the discussion.
We're also looking for "experiences," such as off-site
tours, activities, or events in the Austin area that would be fun
or interesting to experience with other Usability Professionals.
If you have an idea for such an event, please contact Merryl Gross
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Janice Simpson