IA Summit 2010 … off to Phoenix

Just about half of the Usability Matters team will be attending IA Summit 2010 later this week. Many of us have been attending for several years and I always come away validated, inspired and enlightened – can’t ask for much more from a conference. My problem is picking only one session to attend for each timeslot – there are so many interesting presentations and really stimulating discussions often emerge from them.

While there are lots of sessions I’m looking forward to, I’m especially interested to hear our colleague Todd Toler of John Wiley & Sons tell us how to “Think Like an Instructional Designer”. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Todd on numerous challenging and stimulating projects and admire his ability to balance the strategic and tactical. I’m sure he will lead a great session. And Todd’s blog Solid State UX is a “must-follow”! But enough about Todd …

I’m happy to say that Usability Matters will be part of the Poster Show & Tell at the IA Summit. Our poster “Iterative Remote Usability Testing” outlines the triumphs and challenges of engaging participants and the development team during a series of 8 usability tests. Learn more at www.usabilitymatters.com/iasummit2010.

Finally, IA Summit in Phoenix. Wow, never been to Phoenix! I’m looking forward to the extra warm weather (it has been great in Toronto but not like Phoenix …) and to visiting the Desert Botanical Garden. The DBG was highly recommended by another friend and colleague at Wiley, Eleanor Russell, so I know it will be fascinating.

If you are attending the IA Summit, please drop by the poster session for a chat or grab me at one of the breaks. I’d love to get your take on UX, Phoenix and anything else you would like to share!