AFAIK, RTL is the only regular meetup in Tokyo that brings together not only Japanese and English audiences but also designers and developers.
In this edition, we even had an all-female speaker line-up 😉 I teamed up with Marion to give a 30min talk about chat bots and AI and that kind of thing. As always, an excellent turnout and conversation.
Tonight was all about chat bots at AQ. For Ride the Lightning vol. 24, we welcomed the Subot team to share their learned dos and donts of designing a helpful and humane chatbot . Then AQ’s own Marion and Tomomi introduced some recent advances in bot technology, the best examples we’ve seen in the wild, and a few thoughts on what it means to design one.
Asking your own questions and knowing how to find answers are key to reducing uncertainty as you build out ideas. In this session on user experience research, we’ll talk about different ways to get actionable insights on user behaviors, needs and motivations. I’ll share my triumphs and failures working with research and product teams of all sizes, and we’ll go through activities to learn how to design a qualitative research project.
It was my first talk to a non-practitioner crowd. To get across the message that the key to effective user research is to ask the right questions, I chose that (rather than interview techniques and methodologies) the focus of the interactive segment of the talk.
The audience first paired up and interviewed each other about apps that they’d stopped using. Afterwards, we workshopped different ways to build hypotheses, frame questions, and carry out research. People were very energized and so was I, with a vibrant feeling of I-can-do-this-and-this-is-really-good in the air!
Happy to meet enterprising folks at #IntraCnf today! Yay @NUMAparis for a great show & big thx2 lively attendees of my session on research 😆
The UX design meetup scene in Tokyo has grown and diversified in the last two years, and it’s been interesting to see the different range of faces that join in on the festivities.
UX Jam, a regular event series from the online magazine UX Milk, is the new kid on the block. Their last event was “UX Jam New Year Resolution” and I gave a short talk on three topics I want to explore in 2016.
Building distributed teams that cross timezones, languages
Riding the wave of design sprints to come
Exploring the role of a UX designer beyond product and even digital