Transcript: Ask the UXperts: Make Meaningful Work with Dan Szuc

Transcript: Ask the UXperts: Make Meaningful Work with Dan Szuc

Summary:

Dan Szuc manages to turn our latest Ask The UXperts session on its head by asking US the questions.

He got us thinking and talking in what turned out to be one of the most inspirational session yet. If you missed it, check out the transcript (and related reading list) here…

Make Meaningful Work – From Sleepwalking to Sparkle isn’t your average Ask the UXperts kind of title, but then nothing is ever particularly normal when it comes to Dan Szuc. He grabs life with both hands, gives it a shake, and hands it back all shiny and new. It’s an inspiring thing to be watch.

Dan didn’t let us down today.

Rather than our usual Q&A format, he asked us the questions and they weren’t easy ones.

The session was designed to get us thinking about the changes that we can make in our own work environments (and within our own selves) to ensure that we are getting (and giving) the most value possible.

Dan wrapped up with an impressive reading list, which I’ve curated here for your learning pleasure.

From Sleepwalking to Sparkle Dan Szuc

Make Meaningful Work Dan Szuc

The Great Tragedy of Speed David Whyte

Designing the Future of Business Dan Szuc

Routines on Projects: Why They Deserve More Attention Dan Szuc

The Management Myth Matthew Stewart

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team Charles Duhigg

The Leader’s New Work: Building Learning Organizations Peter Senge

Designing Projects for Success: A More Humane UX Practice Dan Szuc

Deeper Understanding: Stories, Observations, and Insights Dan Szuc

Toward a Culture of Integrated Practice Dan Szuc

Integrated Approaches to Constant Personal Learning, Improvement, and Maturity Dan Szuc

GDP Is a Wildly Flawed Measure for the Digital Age Barry Libert and Megan Beck

If you’re going to vent about your problems, do it right Julia Case-Levine

The Remarkable Advantage of Abundant Thinking

Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning Maria Popova

Making Meaningful Things Together: Working Towards a Mature Business Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong

What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden

Delighting in the possible Zafer Achi and Jennifer Garvey Berger

Make Meaningful Work on Google+

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If you didn’t make it because you didn’t know about it, make sure you join our community to get updates of upcoming sessions. If you’re interested in seeing what we discussed, or you want to revisit your own questions, here is a full transcript of the chat.

Transcript:

hawk
2016-08-03 01:30
First up, a huge thanks to @dszuc for making time for us. This is the second time Dan has been a special guest UXpert and we’re really grateful.

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:30
Thank you

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:31
And pleased to be here

hawk
2016-08-03 01:31
A couple of links for your info. The session today is based loosely around Dan’s recent ebook ‘From Sleepwalking to Sparkle’ https://www.optimalworkshop.com/ebook/from-sleepwalking-to-sparkle

hawk
2016-08-03 01:31
And more specifically on his recent writings around “Making Meaningful Work” http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2016/05/make-your-work-meaningful-and-go-from-sleepwalking-to-sparkle.php

hawk
2016-08-03 01:32
If you don’t know Dan (which I find hard to believe), he’s co-founder of Apogee http://apogeehk.com/

hawk
2016-08-03 01:32
and an all round good guy

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:32
:slightly_smiling_face:

hawk
2016-08-03 01:32
So @dszuc – over to you to introduce the topic in a bit more depth

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:33
Thank you @hawk

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:33
I started in this practice we generally call UX about 25 years ago

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:34
I discovered a small Human Factors group when working at Telecom Australia in the early 90s and became interested in usability and user centred design

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:34
I worked in a usability team at Telstra (after changing its name from Telecom Australia)

thomwall
2016-08-03 01:34
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dszuc
2016-08-03 01:35
And was fortunate to work with a talented team of multi disciplinary folks

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:35
As we aimed to introduce the understand of people in the development of tech, specifically on projects focusing on customer support systems

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:36
A curiosity for lands beyond Australia took me traveling and landed in Hong Kong just after the handover to China in 1998

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:36
In Hong Kong, I was looking for like work in user centred design

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:36
And was surprised to see the practice in very much its early days in the region

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:37
me and my wife Josephine Wong founded Apogee

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:37
Fast forward to 2012

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:37
As UX was becoming increasingly popular as a term

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:38
I had hit a professional wall of sorts

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:38
As other terms started to enter the arena including

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:38
CX, innovation, service design, design thinking, interaction design, creative thinking etc

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:39
In continuing to read, study and attend conferences on these and other like topics

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:39
Including our own event – http://www.uxhongkong.com

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:39
It struck me that there was a risk

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:39
And the risk was that we were being sucked slowly into our own silo

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:40
Without the necessary capabilities to look at the problem holistically

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:40
So what to do?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:40
It also struck me that UX, for lack of a better term, was one vehicle for our practice as made up of many skills

jobot
2016-08-03 01:40
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dszuc
2016-08-03 01:40
But it seemed like it was not enough as an intention

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
See Jared Spool’s – design is the rendering of intent

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
So what was our intention if not UX?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
So between 2012 and today

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
we have been studying projects

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
our own and stories from others

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:41
to get clarity on what is happening at work?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
This lead us to a path of sorts

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
that says

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
If people prefer to work on projects that have a value for people

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
then what does that mean?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
what we discovered was that people in projects were, for the most part, sleepwalking

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:42
they were/are functionally doing their work

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:43
but not necessarily gaining that sense of purposeful clarity

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:43
so if there is a % if people sleepwalking

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:43
what could be the opposite state?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:43
well @jobot who just joined, my wife and partner Josephine Wong

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:43
said, what if, we simply put sparkle into people,

hawk
2016-08-03 01:44
Welcome Jo :slightly_smiling_face:

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
so perhaps less about changing or transforming the system

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
just working with people then projects

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
what would that look like

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
how can we get from sleepwalking to sparkle?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
the problem with that

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
is that its a nice path of sorts

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:44
but it was not necessarily practical to digest

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
so over this Xmas break

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
from 2015 to 2016

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
we thought, what if

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
we could turn that into a question

marc
2016-08-03 01:45
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dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
something thats plain and simple to understand

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
something that no specific practice owns

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
one where we dont try and be the person at the summit claiming ownership

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:45
what could that be?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
Well it only took 5 years

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
but we arrived at this

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
how can we

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
make

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
meaningful

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
work?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
and to conclude

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
this is liberating in that

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
it means

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:46
that we can invite so many disciplines to help us answer it

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:47
thats not restricted to any one discipline

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:47
as there is lots we can learn from others in helping us answer the question

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:47
finally

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:47
it made me realise

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:47
that this is about understanding people

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
and in reference to being respectful to context and the stories people can share in their contexts

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
and what we can learn from that

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
so ….

hawk
2016-08-03 01:48
QUESTIONS!

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
Yes

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
lets start with some reflections

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:48
then I have some questions for the group

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:49
Love it – questions for us!

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
thanks for listening patiently folks

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
ok

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
lets start with frustrations

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
frustrations as an indicators of sleepwalking

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
what frustrates you about your project work today

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:49
we use projects as the unit of analysis

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
but we understand projects can blend into work in general

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
what frustrations do you have?

hawk
2016-08-03 01:50
bottlenecks while others make decisions

paddyg
2016-08-03 01:50
Ownership of direction

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:50
The emphasis on project speed

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
ok

vernon
2016-08-03 01:50
No definition of project success or fail.

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
ok

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
good

marc
2016-08-03 01:50
to what extent do you think this is about choosing your customers, the projects you work on, to help define the “meaning”?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:50
lets keep it going

kmyers
2016-08-03 01:51
Not being given the time to appropriately solution design, dev starting work while solution is still in flux, then being told we can’t implement changes because they have already started down one path

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:51
thanks @marc

nathannirens
2016-08-03 01:51
Frustration – being asked to design something when the content is still being defined

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:51
Busywork vs creating valuable things

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:51
yes

crystal
2016-08-03 01:51
People losing focus on the big picture, lost in tiny details

marc
2016-08-03 01:51
is meaning to be found in the type of work, or is it more about ensuring ALL work can have meaning?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:52
all good

kmyers
2016-08-03 01:52
Lack of understanding of contributions UX can make by BAs, PMs and company leadership. UX work being regarded as making it pretty, adding bells and whistles.

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:52
and this is consistent with what we have heard before

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:52
If I may, lets talk about speed

danvineyard.com
2016-08-03 01:53
how can we make UX a business critical part of the product?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:53
As speed seems to have taken precedence at work

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:53
What are the problems related to speed?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:53
And consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:53
Is speed a problem

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:53
?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:54
Consider this thought from @crystal – “People losing focus on the big picture, lost in tiny details”

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:54
We stop listening to ourselves and others when we get overstressed

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:54
yeah

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:54
Consider this from @lukcha – “Busywork vs creating valuable things”

paddyg
2016-08-03 01:55
David whyte :ok_hand:

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2016-08-03 01:55
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dszuc
2016-08-03 01:55
Consider this from @kmyers – “Not being given the time to appropriately solution design”

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:55
So lets break this down some more

nathannirens
2016-08-03 01:55
UX integration from project conception

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:55
Lets talk about why make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:56
Make – we wanted an alternative to design

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:56
Education about design is certainly increasing

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:56
As people see it more than just

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
“adding bells and whistles” from @kmyers

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
So we wanted something more plain

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
Make infers design

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
But we did not want it to look and feel like a design led discussion

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
Then

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
We have meaning

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
What other terms could we use for meaning?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:57
This is a question for the group

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
What doe meaning mean for you?

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
Stay with me :slightly_smiling_face:

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
What does it infer for our work?

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:58
Relevance

davidbaird
2016-08-03 01:58
Meaning means purpose and resolve

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
Yes!

chels
2016-08-03 01:58
connection to a bigger purpose / strategy

crystal
2016-08-03 01:58
Positive/beneficial impact

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
Yes!

chels
2016-08-03 01:58
direct correlation to a positve(?) outcome

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:58
Understanding

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:58
Yes!

thistristan
2016-08-03 01:58
Organizing concern

chels
2016-08-03 01:58
tangible

desmond132518
2016-08-03 01:59
it helps solve sth / provide value to someone

lukcha
2016-08-03 01:59
Expression

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:59
Yes!

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:59
Love it!

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:59
Any more?

davidbaird
2016-08-03 01:59
A solution, but not neccessarily the only solution

crystal
2016-08-03 01:59
Fulfilling

snapperwolf
2016-08-03 01:59
value

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:59
Yes!

dszuc
2016-08-03 01:59
hi @snapperwolf

vernon
2016-08-03 01:59
Meaningful: valueable to both users and business in reaching goals.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
all good and all true

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
so background

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
in asking the question

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
how can we make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
we are opening this up in 2017 for more people to answer this for us

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
this means

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:00
it assumes we need some routines at play

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
to help give us a chance of getting to a sense of meaning

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
Meaning for me and @jobot relates to core value

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
For the business and certainly for the product

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
what is the core value you are providing that

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
solves a problem

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
and

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:01
where that problem maps to a real human need to be solved

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
it also assumes

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
if people are working on real problems to be solved

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
it means that people

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
on projects

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
potentially are more connected to that sense of work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:02
For myself

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
I have that for the most part for our own company

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
I lost my way in 2012 which started this relearning to discover make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
but

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
in most projects we work on

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
that meaning

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
is not present

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
its simply not there

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
yes

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
people are doing work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:03
some of it is good work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
but when we dig into the core value

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
the meaning of what we are working on

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
and how this maps to solving a real human problem

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
its often not there

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
the question then becomes

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
why?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
And have you all felt this before on projects?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:04
Delivery of work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:05
But not entirely clear why?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:05
Thoughts?

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:05
for me, yes…and Im a point in my UX project/Design project where Its neccessarry to engage with real users again to get insights into users pain points

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:05
Then consider this as you all think

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
I can ask another way

paddyg
2016-08-03 02:06
Too much using UX to solve business problems rather than understanding user problems/adoption use of a product.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
what helps us gain that meaning?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
Or use your own words?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
what practices, practically, help us iterate on that meaning, value, purpose, core?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
why is this important in work?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
Is it important?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
Yes @paddyg

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:06
Agree

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
So when we say

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
We want UX to be heard

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
As one vehicle

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
Which parts do we want to be heard and why?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
Perhaps

paddyg
2016-08-03 02:07
The customer

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:07
Encouraging vulnerability in ideas and expression and creating a safe and trusting space to think.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
While you consider all this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:07
Let me take you on a history tour

kmyers
2016-08-03 02:08
I find personal value in my work when I feel like I am using my greatest gifts and they are valued by my team

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:08
Come with me … :slightly_smiling_face:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:08
We will come back to this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:08
Consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:08
Who was Taylor?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:08
Frederick Winslow Taylor was repulsed by waste and with a stopwatch and a clipboard he set about inventing a productivity revolution. Using modular parts in a division of labor made it possible for workers to specialize, and specialists were then quicker to master competencies to produce widgets at scale.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:09
Today, silos in large organisations are a logical extension of specialization, almost without noticing, because it’s baked into our idea of what we think work is. Problems occur when we find ourselves among disparate cohorts of specialists from our respective silos who increasingly feel the need to agree to disagree. Stalemates obstruct progress, and the value of our organizations consequently erodes.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:09
So consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:09
Lets use @lukcha ‘s comment as a spring board

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:09
“Encouraging vulnerability in ideas and expression and creating a safe and trusting space to think.”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:09
Which I love BTW

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
If a future instance of work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
to help answer make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
infers smaller teams

chris
2016-08-03 02:10
has joined #ask-dan-szuc

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
cross disciplinary ways of working

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
As I experienced in theatre training and production

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
Less on projects

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
This means

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:10
We do need to consider

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
What we need to have in place

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
for meaningful work to happen

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
Lets call this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
“Staging”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
What needs to happen in Staging

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
for us to reach meaningful

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
Trust

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
As shared by @lukcha

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
Is critical in this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:11
“Encouraging vulnerability in ideas and expression and creating a safe and trusting space to think.”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
Consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
So

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
Lets talk about trust for a bit

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
What does trust in project work entail?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
Why is it important?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:12
Thoughts?

snapperwolf
2016-08-03 02:12
No ta-da! moments.

snapperwolf
2016-08-03 02:13
Everyone is on the journey.

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:13
Freedom of thought..unboased creative freedom

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:13
unbiased

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:13
Nice

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:13
Consider @kmyers comment “valued by my team”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:13
what else?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:13
while you are thinking

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:13
we consider trust as pretty much the number one ingredient

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
for make meaningful work to happen

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
this implies

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
that people need to take on specific skills and roles to nurture this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
So

kmyers
2016-08-03 02:14
trust is assuming best intentions from co-workers

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
lets look at a few ingredients we have looked at today

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
speed or routines where speed is not the only constant

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:14
trust to do my best work

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:14
Best possible freedom of thought encourages individual skills/talents to flow

nathannirens
2016-08-03 02:14
freedom of design and thought based off the technology that you are using

kmyers
2016-08-03 02:14
counting on them to complete their tasks so you can complete yours

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:15
a need for cross disciplinary skills as part of an instance of the future of work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:15
good!

kmyers
2016-08-03 02:15
not needing to have control over every aspect of a design effort

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:15
more?

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:15
multi-solutions

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:15
The importance of staging

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
Yes @davidbaird lets add that to ingredients

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
the need to look at parallel opportunities that lead to solutions

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
time

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
Time to think

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:16
Intuition and empathy

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
Yes

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
nice @lukcha

crystal
2016-08-03 02:16
Humility

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:16
the realisation that this is about understanding people

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
And to do that in continuous ways to learn

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
Consider this

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:17
various solutions highlight the fact that the UX process is ongoing, and never really ends

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
Tell us more about humility @crystal

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
Like this!

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
I see humility as the ability to get out of your own silo

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
And see it from another angle

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:17
what else?

crystal
2016-08-03 02:18
The need to be personally right can keep someone from seeing solutions or gaining a better understanding of the problem.

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:19
the Product evolves, the users evolve (learn) the UX design thinking should also evolve

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:19
Love this “better understanding of the problem”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:19
YES!

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:19
And …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:19
what if

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:19
there were some project artifacts

jobot
2016-08-03 02:19
understanding people – team members, customers, vendors… + Self

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
we could all, as a cross disciplinary team

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
fill in over time

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
in order to refine that meaning

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
what would they be?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
yes @jobot – I see SELF as one of those artefacts

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:20
where continous learning exists every day

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:21
Changing the context or environment of how we use the product

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:21
Consider re: artefacts

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:21
Yes @davidbaird

crystal
2016-08-03 02:21
The feeling of being the best or having all of the answers/information can prevent people from looking outside of themselves or teams for solutions and more information. Lack of humility kills curiosity.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:21
this implies that we are always learning from the people we design for and with

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:21
Shared, holistic, longer term visions. Perhaps Customer journey maps?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:21
something thats often missing in work as part of make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
Yes love the intention of journey maps

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
as a way of sharing and iterating on a narrative

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
Consider:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
If we were

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
to invite something

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
to teach us about the importance of narrative in helping to answer

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:22
who could we learn from?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:23
as we seek inspiration from outside the realms of digital and design and UX etc

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:23
So …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:23
Last reflections from the group

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:23
And then will leave you with some thoughts

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:23
And a call to action

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:23
those who interact with the industry we are designing for…like Contextual inquiry, associated participants

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
nice @davidbaird

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
thank you

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
any other final reflections

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
before I wrap up?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
And before I hand back to @hawk

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
ok …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
so consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
Intentional Awareness

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
What if

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:24
We accepted in part

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
That work places today

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
Have been influenced and structured by some older thinking

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
Legacy exists

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
We should be mindful of this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
And reject it if needed by sharing our frustrations

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
To further define the problem of work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
All good

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
So …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:25
Intentional Awareness

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
Consider this

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
Given the frictions silos can create, another challenge in large organizations is the ability to form smaller, nimble project teams who share a common sense of purpose. It’s the ability of such teams to come together and intentionally create something great that enables organizations to achieve stellar results with the help of routines that guide them, not only in becoming better at working well together, but also hopefully in getting more enjoyment out of their work. Over time, such teams get better and better at both their individual roles and their ability to work effectively together.

crystal
2016-08-03 02:26
I had a realization the other day that interdisciplinary is far reaching and UXers could even learn from disciplines like interior design.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
Yes! @crystal and many more

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
Consider this:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
Practically as a guide to help answer

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
how can we make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:26
We have observed that teams rarely practice routines with any rigor and typically fail to think about them during project planning or when bringing together a project team. Most of the time, project team members get stuck in an implementation routine that leaves them little time or attention for the other routines.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
Consider “staging”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
How we can setup a project, people and routines for it to succeed

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
as a way to get to make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
And if we are to sparkle and not be sleepwalking

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
Consider this:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:27
What if I… Rather than waiting for a top down response from a CEO or the head of HR, we suggest starting with changes from within ourselves. Changes that affect our personal habits, routines and mental models. Changes that ripple outward gently, if not effortlessly, with every conversation available on a project in front of us today.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
What if:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
I …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Possess all the social permission I need to change my personal habits?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Spend an hour of everyday examining the potential for significance of this project?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Begin listening to and imploring others for their motives, rather than their threats?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Replace ‘what do I stand to lose?’ with ‘what might we all need to gain?’

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Openly discussed the projects I work on mattered and where the best work felt like play and the best play felt like work?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
Welcomed all disciplines to create a broader ‘community of aspiration’ and signed an implicit contract to make meaningful work for every project we put our hands to?

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
So …

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
We have some work ahead of us

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:28
to make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
and the call to action

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
If this is a topic you would like to help solve

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
without jumping into I have the magical process

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
rather

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
what ingredients we can learn from others

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
that is respectful of the contexts people work in

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
Welcome to join

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:29
Discussion at

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:30
If you prefer Facebook

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:30
Twitter

hawk
2016-08-03 02:30
Whoa @dszuc – that was awesome.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:30
We also have a new event in 2017

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:30
to compliment UXHK 2017

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:30
Called

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
Make Meaningful Work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
This

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
Will point to a landing page in September 2016 and we will promote this when we open the UXHK 2017 program at the same time

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
Finally

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
Its a hard topic

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:31
And it means starting with SELF as @jobot says

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
And this requires trust and caring facilitation to do so

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
But I am encouraged

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
that the new work space

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
is upon us

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
and we can together

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
answer

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
how can we make meaningful work

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
thank you

hawk
2016-08-03 02:32
Well that was the easiest session I’ve ever run! I didn’t have to do anything!
Thanks SO much for your time, your thoughts and your inspiration, Dan.
And thanks also to @jobot for joining.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
over to you @hawk

hawk
2016-08-03 02:32
Too quick for ya!

snapperwolf
2016-08-03 02:32
:sparkles:

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:32
thanks dan

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:32
Thanks so much @dszuc – both empowering and challenging. I’m going to make the time to think about this much more.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:32
thank you @hawk and to all

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:33
Great insights

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:33
thank you friends @snapperwolf @lukcha @jobot for joining

kmyers
2016-08-03 02:33
THanks @dszuc – I wasn’t able to take in all the articles you shared, but I’ll definitely go back through the notes and check out those links.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:33
Sign up and join the make meaningful work discussion groups

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:33
me and @jobot cannot do this alone

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:33
thank you!

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:33
And will follow up with some more reads

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:34
As we finish up

crystal
2016-08-03 02:34
Thank you! @dszuc @jobot and @hawk Very thought provoking and inspiring!

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:34
thanks again

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:35
August’s theme for UX Mastery will unpack some of the topics we’ve touched on today about Make Meaningful Work, so keep your eyes peeled! We’d love to hear from you as part of the ongoing conversation.

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:37
And finally

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:37
last 2

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:37
Great resources

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:37
thanks

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:38
And last one

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:38
Lots of smart people working on a like question

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:38
And great to see

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:38
thanks again

davidbaird
2016-08-03 02:38
thanks Dan..awesome

lukcha
2016-08-03 02:38
Thanks Dan!

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:41
Pleasure

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:41
Lots of study ahead

desmond132518
2016-08-03 02:44
wow, thanks @dszuc, so much to study

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:45
Welcome

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:45
And very very last one

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:46
As a way to consider “sparkle”

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:46
Nice to finish on an optimistic note

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:46
as we move from Sleepwalking to Sparkle

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:46
And help make meaningful work :slightly_smiling_face:

dszuc
2016-08-03 02:46
Wishing everyone a good day
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