Business analysis & user experience – UX meetup 25 January

Our next user focused meet up happens 25 January 2018, with guest speakers Clare Barnett and Hilary Brownlie from Registers of Scotland talking about the complimentary roles of business analysts and user experience professionals.

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Where: The Ogilvie Room (2.05), School of Geosciences, Drummond Street (see map)
When: Thursday 25 January
Time: 12:00 – 13:45

This session is open to University of Edinburgh staff.

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UX isn’t here to steal your toys

A flippant title to a talk about a really important topic. We have an established role of business analyst here at the University, and (in some areas of the institution) pretty well defined remits.

User experience research and design activities can be seen as treading on the business analysts’ toes.

They are complementary disciplines though, and working together they are greater than the sum of their parts.

So it’s great to have Clare and Hilary join us to give us a perspective from their experiences of working across town at the Registers of Scotland.

Talk synopsis

The User Experience role is one of the latest to join the party (we are often found in the kitchen with the agile coach). Is there enough room left in the kitchen for the BA role?

The talk will give an overview of UX providing examples of practical methodologies applied in real business situations. We will discuss how UX and BA roles can collaborate together to create better solutions, blending the business and user needs together.

Speaker profiles

Clare Barnett started as a front end coder, and moved into UX Research and Design in 2006. She’s moved from client side to agency, and back to client side. She’s worked with teams using waterfall, agile, iterative, peer programming, lean, MVP and wagile approaches to development. Clare has worked across paper, product and digital, looking at ballot paper design, YouView, mobile apps and websites.

Clare’s LinkedIn profile

Hilary Brownlie started her career in design, mainly working in government. Since working in Student Loans, alongside GDS in the gov.uk rollout, she went to the ‘tartan side’ and works with Clare in Registers of Scotland. She believes robots are the future of healthcare, so is investing her time with them now.

Hilary’s LinkedIn profile

Group discussion

As ever, we’ll follow up the talk with about 45 minutes of discussion following a group-organised agenda.

Learn more about the Lean Coffee discussion format

Session timings

12:00 – Welcome
12:15 – Talk: UX isn’t here to steal your toys
13:00 – Discussion group
13:45 – Close

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