IxDA Board Retreat & Discussion - we need your input

25 Jan 2010 - 1:22am
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IxDA Board of D...
2009

On Wednesday, February 3, the IxDA Board of Directors will be holding a
day-long retreat prior to Interaction10 in Savannah. We will also be
holding a discussion on Friday afternoon called "The Future of IxDA is
You." For both of these events, it will be a time for us to reflect on
several things, such as:

How have the past six months have gone for the community?
How well are our platforms supporting the community (be it ixda.org, IxDA
LinkedIn group, local groups, conferences)?
Are we appropriately supporting the mission <http://www.ixda.org/> that IxDA
has put forth?
Have we followed the strategies and completed the tasks we put forth to
continue meeting the mission?
Where do we want to be a year from now? Five years from now?

As a volunteer-supported organization, we rely heavily on the community to
achieve what we set forth. In order to do this well, we need to be more
transparent in our work, we need to be sure we are achieving what the
community needs, and we need more support. To that end, I invite you to
voice comments, questions, concerns, and opportunities you think the IxDA
Board of Directors should be considering at our retreat and discussion,
either publicly here or privately to board (at) ixda.org.

Best regards,
Janna DeVylder
President, IxDA

Comments

25 Jan 2010 - 2:21pm
Susan Oslin
2010

Hi Jana,

Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

There was a lot of discussion about mentoring at Interaction '09
and we are in the process of setting up a mentoring program here at
the local IxDA LA. I recently became a mentor through the national
IxDA. And although I feel they did a great job of pairing us, I
don't have a lot of guidelines as to 'how' to mentor.

It would be great if the IxDA had a set of guidelines and a more
formalized program. Seems like that might be a great topic for the
board.

Best,
Susan Oslin
IxDA LA Volunteer

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26 Jan 2010 - 9:43am
Janna DeVylder
2006

Susan, thank you for suggesting this, it's a very important topic.

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Susan Oslin <susan at mmmcreative.com> wrote:

>
> There was a lot of discussion about mentoring at Interaction '09
> and we are in the process of setting up a mentoring program here at
> the local IxDA LA. I recently became a mentor through the national
> IxDA. And although I feel they did a great job of pairing us, I
> don't have a lot of guidelines as to 'how' to mentor.
>
> It would be great if the IxDA had a set of guidelines and a more
> formalized program. Seems like that might be a great topic for the
> board.
>
> Best,
> Susan Oslin
> IxDA LA Volunteer
>
>

26 Jan 2010 - 10:17am
Alexis Brion
2007

Hi Jana,

Maybe the IxDA could start thinking about an European version of
Interact. An event like that could promote the discipline in the
continent.

Regards,

Alexis Brion
IxDA Munich

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26 Jan 2010 - 10:24am
Alexis Brion
2007

I meant the "interaction" conference, sorry.

:-)

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26 Jan 2010 - 10:29am
Dan Saffer
2003

Off the top of my head:

- creating virtual communities of practice around mediums (mobile, web, CE, etc)
- creating a job/internship board to move the jobs out of the email stream (or only put them there once a week) and a listing of interaction design firms
- create a interaction design dictionary and maintain related wikipedia articles about us
- IxDA Twitter account for announcements/news of interest and perhaps even tying this to the email list/web site to announce when a new thread starts
- Mini one-day local conferences

Dan

Dan Saffer
Principal, Kicker Studio
http://www.kickerstudio.com
http://www.odannyboy.com

26 Jan 2010 - 11:31am
mcaskey
2008

I like that list. Mini conferences has a ring to it...

Mike

Mike Caskey
UX Magnet

On Jan 26, 2010, at 8:29 AM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> Off the top of my head:
>
> - creating virtual communities of practice around mediums (mobile, web, CE, etc)
> - creating a job/internship board to move the jobs out of the email stream (or only put them there once a week) and a listing of interaction design firms
> - create a interaction design dictionary and maintain related wikipedia articles about us
> - IxDA Twitter account for announcements/news of interest and perhaps even tying this to the email list/web site to announce when a new thread starts
> - Mini one-day local conferences
>
>
> Dan
>
>
> Dan Saffer
> Principal, Kicker Studio
> http://www.kickerstudio.com
> http://www.odannyboy.com
>
>
>
>
>
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26 Jan 2010 - 11:40am
.pauric
2006

Dan: "IxDA Twitter account for announcements/news of interest and
perhaps even tying this to the email list/web site to announce when a
new thread starts"

Is this what you're looking for or are you thinking of something
different? http://twitter.com/ixda

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26 Jan 2010 - 11:47am
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jan 26, 2010, at 8:40 AM, pauric wrote:

> Dan: "IxDA Twitter account for announcements/news of interest and
> perhaps even tying this to the email list/web site to announce when a
> new thread starts"
>
> Is this what you're looking for or are you thinking of something
> different? http://twitter.com/ixda

Oh funny, I didn't even know we had that.

Apparently we need a page on The Best Way to Experience IxDA. We probably have this too, though. :)

Dan

26 Jan 2010 - 12:30pm
Angel Anderson
2010

My 2 cents, er ideas:

1. A speaker network. Most local groups opperate with no budget so it
would be nice to have list of speakers that are wiling to speak for
free if/when they happen to be in town. Maybe it could be tied to
Tripit or Dopplr so that it that notifies a city's local leader when
any speakers are planning a trip to their neck of the woods.

2. An initiative registry. Since we're all volunteers, it's hard to
stay focused on some of the smaller initatives. When someone gets too
busy to see an idea through, we loose a lot of institutional memory.
If there was an initiative registry on IxDA.org people could look them
up, see who's got the ball, progress, etc. If it's lost momentum or
not moving as fast as you'd like you could sign on to help.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 26, 2010, at 7:29 AM, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> wrote:

> Off the top of my head:
>
> - creating virtual communities of practice around mediums (mobile,
> web, CE, etc)
> - creating a job/internship board to move the jobs out of the email
> stream (or only put them there once a week) and a listing of
> interaction design firms
> - create a interaction design dictionary and maintain related
> wikipedia articles about us
> - IxDA Twitter account for announcements/news of interest and
> perhaps even tying this to the email list/web site to announce when
> a new thread starts
> - Mini one-day local conferences
>
>
> Dan
>
>
> Dan Saffer
> Principal, Kicker Studio
> http://www.kickerstudio.com
> http://www.odannyboy.com
>
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help

26 Jan 2010 - 1:14pm
Murray Thompson
2009

How about ways to enable members outside of areas served by local
groups to interact more directly with other members?

It's a selfish request, as I live outside of a major center, and the
nearest local group is about 500 miles away. But I imagine I'm not
the only one.

Mentoring helps, and local mini-conferences would perhaps bring more
opportunities closer to more people. Yet maybe there are other ways
to enable more one-on-one discussions and active participation that
involve more remotely-located members.

A couple ideas:
-virtual seminars
-local group roadshows

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26 Jan 2010 - 10:30pm
Steven Diebold
2009

I'd like to say Angel has done an awesome job running IXDA LA. Her
contributions and organizational skills to put things together should
be rewarded by giving her access to a talent network of speakers by
creating a speaker board like blackspeakersonline.com or
diversityspeakersonline.com or blackspeakers.com. Hooking in that
functionality into ning would be great to make her life easier to let
people RSVP or be notified of upcoming events. I think an auto blast
email reminder system should also be set up so she can just set up
the event and the system handles all reminders at certain intervals
to encourage people to be careful of their RSVP's so that they show
up more often than not.

I also think an interface for meeting locations could be tied in as
well so it can all be managed in one place for her and other leaders
of groups around UX. This would help coordination a lot and reduce
her load since she gets busy a lot with full time job.

I think it would be helpful to make a persona called a day in the
life of an IXDA organizer or president of a chapter.

It would be really educational for new UX people to see how someone
created personas for the membership, then one for the organizer (as
the business stakeholder), then how all of this gets ranked as
important or prioritized then the criteria IXDA finds important would
be matched against it and a set of primary and secondary goals would
be picked to pursue what needs to be developed. Then a framework
would be discussed that would facilitate this best. The project would
be used as a discussion tool/contextual inquiry but in real time so
its best as you go.

In other words using IXDA site as a case study so new people can
learn how this profession works by making the IXDA the case study. :)

Virtual seminars with whiteboard or using Blackboard or Moodle would
be great and much easier to manage since booking live space can be
challenging.

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28 Jan 2010 - 2:22pm
IxDA Board of D...
2009

Thanks to all who have provided their thoughts on this thread. Feel free to
continue providing input here or privately, particularly as we continue to
build out our agenda. We will share back our discussion at the conference as
well as online.

>From the original email:

On Wednesday, February 3, the IxDA Board of Directors will be holding a
day-long retreat prior to Interaction10 in Savannah. We will also be
holding a discussion on Friday afternoon called "The Future of IxDA is
You." For both of these events, it will be a time for us to reflect on
several things, such as:

How have the past six months have gone for the community?
How well are our platforms supporting the community (be it ixda.org, IxDA
LinkedIn group, local groups, conferences)?
Are we appropriately supporting the mission <http://www.ixda.org/> that IxDA
has put forth?
Have we followed the strategies and completed the tasks we put forth to
continue meeting the mission?
Where do we want to be a year from now? Five years from now?

As a volunteer-supported organization, we rely heavily on the community to
achieve what we set forth. In order to do this well, we need to be more
transparent in our work, we need to be sure we are achieving what the
community needs, and we need more support. To that end, I invite you to
voice comments, questions, concerns, and opportunities you think the IxDA
Board of Directors should be considering at our retreat and discussion,
either publicly here or privately to board (at) ixda.org.

Best regards,
Janna DeVylder
President, IxDA

28 Jan 2010 - 11:50pm
Sachin Ghodke
2008

Hello Janna,

I must say, IXDA has provided valuable perspective to understand a
lot about Interaction Design. This online community has been my local
one because I wanted so much to get involved in the local community to
expand the IXDA network here in India. Unfortunately, it has been
futile. I wish this chapter of IXDA was more active.

May be another aspect to ponder over is that - is the IXDA parent
body thinking about its existing chapters over the world which are
not performing to the fullest? And what measures are being taken to
keep these active or encouraged to make it a success?

Thank you.
Sachin Ghodke

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