I have just started working at a medium size web development company
based in the South West of England after finishing an MSc in HCI. The
job market being as it it for us newbies (ie tough to get into) meant
that I stated applying for a web developers jobs. I got to the
interview for the company I work for now and the interviewer asked me
nothing about my web development skills and a lot about my HCI skills.
I was offered the job of web developer and I have been working here for
around 6 months now. The company is winning design and development
contracts partly on the basis of having a usability person in-house.
But when it comes to the actual deployment guess what? I'm not
involved. I might get some input towards the end of the project and of
course I build some of these sites (let me tell you there is nothing
more frustrating than building a web page that you know has got
fundamental usability issues). So now comes the question. I feel my
skills are unused and undervalued here.
How do go about convincing the powers that be that giving me more input
at certain points in the development cycle means not only will they get
more from me but they will also increase the quality of their product?