Presentations by Patrick Neeman

Hunting Unicorns: What Makes an Effective UX Professional

Being an effective UX Professional isn’t just about being a unicorn that can write code, create visual mockups and build wireframes: great UX Professionals creating effective products using the hard and soft skills honed after years of experience. The skills needed that varies from organization and organization, and even from project to project. UX Designers need to tailor their skillset based on the context of the situation.

The session will cover both the skills needed to be an effective UX Designer in almost any organization. Discussed will be the hard skill spectrum may differ by the type of organization of project, what a T skill set is and why it’s important to hiring managers, and strategies how to market their own skills more effectively.

Also covered is what’s never stated: soft skills that are essential to being UX Designers job in almost any organization, These skills are never listed in a job description as a requirement or taught during a college course, but are needed to push an effective design through any organization.

About Patrick Neeman

Patrick NeemanPatrick Neeman lives (mostly) in Seattle, Washington and is currently the Director of Product Design at Apptio, a IT Spend Management platform. Prior to that he was Director of Product Design at nPARIO, a marketing analytics platform, and Director of User Experience at Jobvite, a social recruiting and applicant tracking platform. After a complete redesign of the application, Jobvite received a Webby award for employment, and the Deloitte What Works award.

Previous experience includes working as a Social Media and User Experience consultant for Microsoft, building a User Experience team from 1 to 25 at a consultancy, worked on the prelaunch team at Orbitz, and the successful launch of several startup sites. And yes, he has been a Product Manager.

He has self published several mobile applications, including the UX Drinking Game and Perks Locator, a travel application.


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