product mavens snippets

My first Product Mavens found me the loveliest, warmest bunch in Sydney. I am  curious about product management in those areas where it crosses over into UX which is why I am interested in this group. So often UXers come across marketers and product managers as stakeholders yet I am not sure we always talk the same language. The topics last week focused on the marketing terrain and social media marketing at that. Presentations came from Enjel Phoon, a lawyer whose firm recruited on twitter, the developer and entrepreneur behind product marketplace Blue Parcel, and PR consultant Roger Christie.

Sebastian Chan on Museums for the Next Generation Part 3: Gaining staff acceptance of new initiatives

Over the course of this year I have worked on several service design projects for staff, so staff engagement has become a particular area of interest for me. My previous 2 posts have been on the talk I saw Sebastian Chan present at Australian Infront’s Insight series. Sebastian Chan has been the web manager at the Powerhouse Museum for a number of years, leading many innovative projects. Amongst them was the digitisation and publication of the entire museum collection which also allowed user generated tags. This and other projects have opened up domains previously held exclusively by curators. So, in the audience Q&A of his talk on Museums for the Next Generation I asked him:

Sebastian Chan on Museums for the Next Generation Part 2: Do tag lists get unwieldy over time?

I first saw Sebastian Chan speak at Web Direction on 2007. He presented on social tagging (“folksonomy”) projects at the Powerhouse museum. The first of these projects was the digitisation of electronic fabric swatches. After that the entire collection was digitised and published available for public classification. Recently I saw him present and got an update on these projects.

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Sebastian Chan on Museums for the Next Generation

The Powerhouse Museum and the in-house digital agency Chan has been heading within it have liberated the collection and extended the museum experience beyond exhibitions and museum walls.  Sebastian Chan is head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. I first saw him talk at Web Directions in 2007. Then he case studied social tagging projects and it was great to here how the initiatives have grown.

Social Media Club: Food, Wine and Social Media, 2 August 2011

An interesting thing happens when the speakers at Social Media Club don’t hit their mark. The speakers were talking about engagement but they weren’t getting any. The error they made was misjudging their audience as amateurs who needed to be shown how it’s done. They should have known that this is an audience of social media marketers and consultants with years of experience under their belts.

Inaugural Service Design Conference 3 May 2011

The first Service Design Conference was held earlier this month in Sydney, organised by Steve Baty and Donna Spencer – the team behind UX Australia. It was one stream with 7 presentations in scenic Darling Harbour. It was nice to not have to scurry between rooms for multiple tracks and good to know I wasn’t missing out on anything. The attendees were a UX crowd, and all seemed to be practitioners within the service design space. There was only a brief mention about the differences between service design and experience design. Everyone there wasn’t about to be held up on semantics. All the speakers dove straight in to describe how they work and deliver as service design practitioners.

Creative Sydney: Free events this June in Sydney

If you are in a creative or tech field I highly recommend you mosie over to the Creative Sydney site and check out the free events on offer. Creative Sydney is part of the Vivid Festival. This booked out very quickly last year so hurry. There are talks on the impact of technology on future generations, designing immersive experiences, collaboration and open source movement (from a user perspective), monetizing your work, the “affection” economy and more.

5 reasons to go to industry events

Anyone who visits this blog often may have noticed I go to a lot of industry events. I love hearing talks, I always get something out of it, but even meet-ups without guest speakers
are an opportunity to learn from your peers. So if you’re too shy or too busy to fit an event into your calendar – maybe you’ll find a reason to finally go below.