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Paul LabergeWeb Platform AdvisorMicrosoft Canada
Ok, cool the conversation has work and Mark is in! Check out his post User Experience / Design and Innovation On The Web! Alright.... it wasn't hard to convince him, I just had to give him enough support and information to get MS corp on side... and he had done it! Can you tell, I'm happy. I can't wait to get the right person hired and really need the help from the community to get this right person that resonates!
So, here's my first crack at the job description.... Thoughts? Any input would be great.
Canadian User Experience Advisor
Do you have a right User Experience DNA? Can you talk passionately about “Design and why it matters. Seriously, this is about PASSION. Do you care about the way design affects every person on the planet … from consumer plastic goods sold at Target that are distinctive and cool, to restaurant menus that optimize the layout of food offerings to up-sell customers … design is everywhere, and if it’s your passion then I want you to join our team!
I’m looking for a User Experience Advisor to represent Microsoft in Canada. This role is really important to us, as we realize that the notion of “User Experience” lies at the center of Microsoft’s continued long term success as a platform company. As such, I’m not taking this position lightly. I am looking for someone with great industry experience to ensure we are sharing the right vision, going in the right direction and helping build market credibility. In this role, it’s your mission to engage with the broad community of designers, Web Agencies and other influential users to drive excitement around design related technologies for both the standards-web and Windows platform. You will be our senior representative to the designer/user experience community sharing stories, highlighting solutions and unlocking the potential of the platform allowing our customers to build rich, immersive, compelling end-user experiences that stand-out and differentiate them in the industry.
You must be able to talk about both design technology and the business value of great design in the software industry. You will be having many compelling and enthusiastic conversations to audiences within the design/user experience ecosystem, including designers and production artists, producers and client/services managers, as well as creative directors and general management. As such, you need to have skills which allow you to engage in technical dialog with more traditional “development” organizations such as ISVs and IT departments, where the art and business of “design/user experience” is less understood and developed.
It’s about showing what’s possible. It is already well understood by industry that consumer facing applications such as e-commerce, media applications, and marketing websites, better software “UX” leads to more meaningful customer connections and long-term brand loyalty. However, software UX’s value is not limited to these scenarios—the business value of UX is evident in all classes of software including traditional enterprise line-of-business applications such as CRM, ERP, etc., where UX delivers greater customer productivity and comprehension, which directly improves satisfaction and increases utilization.
To design and build these new software experiences, the “creative professional” audience is a critical component of the development process. These “designers” are the driving creative force behind the look and feel aspects of a user interface, as well as the usability, information visualization, and interactivity modeling that are central to the best applications being built today. In order to realize improved software UX, these designers will need to be empowered to design and build the best possible content in the most productive and efficient collaborative environment together with professional developers.
So who are you? You could be a Producer, Client/Services Manager or creative director within the creative services industry. Perhaps you are working a small or large creative agency/service organizations that specialize in producing creative work on projects for various mediums, including but not limited to Web, software application design, industrial design, and video/print. You have several years of experience engaging with customers, managing relationship, and leading creative projects from customer acquisition through delivery of final solution. Some of your skills might include:
I've spent the last week selling the need for another UX Advisor in Canada. As I highlighted in a previous I feel passionate that having someone with great industry experience in Canada that could support the community and share their learning's is a great way show that we are serious about UX!
So...... it's getting closer to being a reality! I've managed to convince most of my colleagues of the need and benefit and now I'm just waiting for my boss Mark Relph to make a decision!
In advance of his decision I want to be ready to hire the right person! As such, I've already done most of the required logistics and submitted the HR details. (shh don't tell anyone but I think they have already put up the role posting on our Canadian Career site.)
I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but I'd rather say I'm sorry then not go for it!
I was reading a great post on Jay Cross's Internet time blog on Nanocasting. I really liked the approach and found that the quick sound bites to got you thinking.
Check out the links and see what you think! Jay's post (Nanocasting: http://internettime.com/?p=796) and Mark Oehlert's example on Second Life & Open Source.
I know..I know. I've been remiss in keeping everyone up to date on the hiring process. The reality is that we were swamped with great resumes and interested individuals. It was really hard to keep up and as such, I've learned quite a bit about social hiring. So the good news.... I'm excited as I'm pretty close to hiring someone!
As well, I thought that I'd share some of my first thoughts and earnings. While not really scientific or complete, have a look and feel free to comment.
This is really a cool journey and I have so many people to thank. I think this last few months have been one of the most memorable times, with great conversation, met many smart people, had some strong learnings and this just the start. I'm proud to be a Canadian in the IT profession and I can't wait to see what the future brings. Hey as I always say, life conspires to help you.... you just have to pay attention and then DO something.
My Action Items:
Pretty cool, check this out! Scott Guthrie bolgs about some cool stuff at CES.
Next Generation Yahoo Messenger built with WPF and .NET
At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Yahoo showed off some cool demos with their next generation messenger client (you can watch a video of it in action at http://messenger.yahoo.com/vista). One of the really cool things about the new messenger client is that it was built using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the .NET Framework.
If you are interested in learning more about WPF I'd also highly recommend subscribing to "theWPFBlog"