User Research at Google: Focus on the User and all else will follow
Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 AM (GMT)
User research at Google: focus on the user and all else will follow
The UKUPA is proud to invite Jens Riegelsberger from Google London and Molly Stevens from Google NYC to come and talk to us about Google's approach to developing for their users.
In their talk, Jens and Molly will give an informal overview on the user research team at Google: who they are and how they work.
They will discuss four aspects that they believe, in combination, make Google a unique place to be a user researcher:
(1) a bottom-up 'ideas' culture
(2) a data-driven engineering approach
(3) a fast, highly iterative web development cycle
(4) a global product development perspective.
Each aspect leads to challenges and opportunities for the research team that they will illustrate using case studies.
This promises to be a really interesting talk and an opportunity to see the inner machinations of what is arguable one of today's biggest technology brands.
After their talk, Jens and Molly will be available for a brief Q&A.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Jens Riegelsberger is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google in London. He received his Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction from University College London. Prior to joining Google he taught as a guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin and worked on user experience research projects for LBi, Microsoft Research, and Amazon.
Molly M. Stevens has over 15 years of experience in the field of technology. Since completing her Masters in Information Design & Technology at Georgia Tech in 2002, she's been working as a user experience practitioner – in both design and research. Her current (and favorite role) is in user experience research at Google. Before coming to Google she has had experience working on building user-centered systems in publishing, telecom, sales, healthcare and e-commerce.
Date: Thursday18th February 2010
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Location: LBi, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
Details also on our website http://ukupa.org.uk/events/
There is no charge for UPA members. For non-members the cost is £10, and for student non-members £5 - payable at the door.
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