We are ruining our future…but we can still fix it.
It’s been roughly 24hrs since Pattie Moore reduced the 2016 UX Australia audience to tears, several times, in her closing keynote in an emotionally cathartic rollercoaster.
Pattie, retold her life journey and beyond, her career in a male dominated industrial design practice, her early fight to understand the prejudices we have against the old, the homeless and the poor, first hand – disguised as an elderly homeless woman. She told us of her deep personal sacrifice for this cause. Her single-handed championing of the causes of those less able, her fight for universal and inclusive design.
I have worked with a good number of developers, designers and clients over the last 25 years, all having different view points and ways of working. For this I am very grateful, there is nothing like encountering something new to snap you out of your comfort zone, and help you take stock of what you’re doing.
However I have noticed something recently in the enterprise world that just doesn’t seem right. In fact it had the inner designer in me screaming, leaving a bitter after taste.
There is a big movement to support project teams getting out of the building (GOOB) to validate product assumptions and the like.
This is a great thing, the more users and customers project teams talk to the better. After-all something is better than nothing, right?
However I have seen this research done very poorly to the extent it is pointless.
Often the people going out have no experience, have not been taught the basics and haven’t even had a few “dry runs” on their approach or questions.
I have been hearing rumblings on the topic of women in the information Technology (IT) sector for years, in fact most of my career. I have never really give it much thought before as I have never considered myself in IT.
Now I attended a talk the other night on the subject, and this got me thinking. Why aren’t there a lot of women in traditional IT roles – where have all the women in IT gone?
Now let’s go back in time, it seems that about when I went to university (1981) that was the start of the decline in the number of women in the IT sector.