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Design and business leaders must take the time to understand each other

“The members of [cross-functional] teams have to listen carefully to the language used by the other team members, thoughtfully present their own work in terms that the others can understand and over time build enough trust and understanding of one another that they can value, integrate and leverage one another’s expertise... Just as you might do in preparing yourself to visit another country or another culture, design and business leaders must take the time to understand a bit about the place they are visiting—a little of the language, the customs, the ways of thinking.” - Sara Beckman

“The members of [cross-functional] teams have to listen carefully to the language used by the other team members, thoughtfully present their own work in terms that the others can understand and over time build enough trust and understanding of one another that they can value, integrate and leverage one another’s expertise… Just as you might do in preparing yourself to visit another country or another culture, design and business leaders must take the time to understand a bit about the place they are visiting—a little of the language, the customs, the ways of thinking.” – Sara Beckman

Read Kate Rutter’s interview with Sara Beckman entitled “Strategic Numbers: Discussing the Value of Design” for more of Sara’s thoughts on how design drives business value. Sara clearly expresses the need for design and business team members to work together and understand each other as part of cross-functional teams.

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Experience should not be sacrificed for growth–it should drive growth

“You don’t sacrifice the experience for growth; you drive growth from the quality of the experience.” - Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by R. Brunner and S. Emery

“You don’t sacrifice the experience for growth; you drive growth from the quality of the experience.” – Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery

I highly recommend Robert and Stewart’s book Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company. In this book, they explain how great design is about creating a deep relationship with your customers by creating a complete “customer experience supply chain.”

UX suffers when we wall ourselves off from the rest of the organization

“UX suffers when we wall ourselves off from the rest of the organization. Getting people from other disciplines involved gives them the opportunity to feel that you’re all working toward a common goal. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to advocate user-centered thinking and gain that critical buy-in.” - John Ferrara

“UX suffers when we wall ourselves off from the rest of the organization. Getting people from other disciplines involved gives them the opportunity to feel that you’re all working toward a common goal. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to advocate user-centered thinking and gain that critical buy-in.” – John Ferrara

Read more from John and other UX professionals on the topic of “Evangelizing UX Across an Entire Organization” in the UXmatters article by Janet M. Six.

(It’s about time I quoted a fellow Vanguard Information Architect ;))

A successful company is one where everybody owns the same mission

“I think a successful company is one where everybody owns the same mission. Out of necessity, we divide ourselves up into discipline groups. But the goal when you are actually doing the work is to somehow forget what discipline group you are in and come together. So in that sense, nobody should own user experience; everybody should own it.” - Don Norman

“I think a successful company is one where everybody owns the same mission. Out of necessity, we divide ourselves up into discipline groups. But the goal when you are actually doing the work is to somehow forget what discipline group you are in and come together. So in that sense, nobody should own user experience; everybody should own it.” – Don Norman

Read more from an interview with Don Norman on where user experience should be positioned within a company in this article.

UX strategy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire organization

“User experience is something that cuts right across the organization. It is the tangible manifestation of the organization’s reason for being, translating the brand values into a series of identifiable and actionable experience characteristics. To execute a UX strategy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire organization, and, as such, should sit close to the centre of the organization’s overall strategy.” - Steve Baty

“User experience is something that cuts right across the organization. It is the tangible manifestation of the organization’s reason for being, translating the brand values into a series of identifiable and actionable experience characteristics. To execute a UX strategy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire organization, and, as such, should sit close to the centre of the organization’s overall strategy.” – Steve Baty

Read an interview with Steve Baty “UX Strategy: defining and executing strategies for your UX projects and UX teams” for more thoughts on the importance of UX strategy within an organization.

Design is a form of competitive advantage

“Design is a form of competitive advantage… Good design allows things to operate more efficiently, smoothly, and comfortably for the user… Customers appreciate good design. While they can’t necessarily point out what specifically makes it good, they know it feels better. There’s a visceral connection. They are willing to pay for it, if you give them a great experience.” – James P. Hackett

Read James’ thoughts on “The Case of Design” from Fast Company.