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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Conference Season

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April is a really exciting month as it kicks off the start of the busy conference season and plenty of speaking engagements. My calendar seems pretty booked and I am excited to meet new people and talk about UX with others in the DC/NoVa area, and at conferences across the country. Here is a brief rundown of what’s to come – hope to see you at a few:

Tuesday, April 8 - DC Web Women’s Code(Her) Workshop Series: I will be teaching about integrating usability testing methods in development. This should be eye-opening and encourage lots of conversation because many people do not even know that they can or should test their products even as early as during the coding stage. (David discussed this last week in his prototyping blog post.) Far too many people wait until they have a final product to put it in front of users and test, and by then, it is usually too late to make significant changes. In this workshop, we will talk about the importance of testing early, and we will discuss and practice different methods.

Saturday, April 12 - UXPA Workshop: I will be co-teaching a UXPA-DC workshop about user experience testing. After a morning of introductory topics, Andrew Schall and I will be covering advanced UX testing methods, such as eye tracking and large-scale surveys, as well as how to deal with vast amounts of usability data.

Wednesday, April 23 - NOVA Creatives: FMG’s Director of Research, Brian Griepentrog, and I will be speaking to NOVA Creatives about integrating user research throughout development. Whether your product is an app, a website, an email campaign, or a physical object, testing can be conducted at any stage of development. In this talk, we will discuss different methods to test your product during the development cycle, including focus groups, usability testing, eye tracking, and A/B testing.

Wednesday April 30 - Richmond UX: I will be speaking at Richmond UX (RUX) about eye tracking the user experience of mobile. Many designers are not aware that modern technology enables us to conduct eye tracking with mobile devices in very simple, affordable ways. I will tell you all about it! I am super excited about this one because I will be discussing some neat methods and findings that are in Andrew Schall’s and my Eye Tracking in User Experience Design book, which will be released in May! We will be giving away 2 copies at the RUX event, so join us, and get a fair chance at winning a copy!

And this is just the beginning! Next month, FMG will be presenting at AAPOR in Anaheim CA and at MoDevUX in McLean VA. Stay tuned for more information, or follow me on Twitter for updates. Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

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