By Arnie Lund
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (Elsevier)
The role of UX manager is of vital importance — it means leading a productive team, influencing businesses to adopt user-centered design, and delivering valuable products customers. Few UX professionals who find themselves in management positions have formal training in management. More often than not they are promoted to a management position after having proven themselves as an effective and successful practitioner.Yet as important as the position of manager is to the advancement of the field there are no books that specifically address the needs of user experience managers. Though information is available on the Web, nothing ties that advice together in the way a manager would need to integrate it in their work.
User Experience Management speaks directly to the UX manager and to the unique challenges one may face. It outlines the robust framework for how to be an effective UX manager, from creating a team, to orchestrating product development, to ensuring UX is not compromised, to achieving company buy-in on results. This acts as a checklist readers can use to make sure they have covered the bases as they think about how to build their own user experience programs. Written by an experienced UX manager, and containing testamonials from many leading managers in the field, managers both current and aspiring will find this an invaluable reference loaded with ideas and techniques for managing user experience.
Arnie Lund is Director of User Experience and User Experience Community Lead for Microsoft’s IT organization. He also serves on Microsoft’s User Experience Leadership Team. Before moving to IT, he served as the Director of User Experience for the Mobile and Tablet Computing area and helped to ship the recent Vista operating system. Arnie has spent more than 20 years working in the area of user experience and emerging technologies. He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories managing both human factors and systems engineering teams. He then moved to one of the companies that emerged from AT&T to help Ameritech build its own Science and Technology organization, where he managed user experience as well as new product ideation. From there he led exploratory software development and user experience teams at US West Advanced Technologies, and information architecture and emerging technology research at Sapient (a leading internet consultancy).