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Ideas 9/15/2021

Advocating for People in a Profit-Driven World

[dscout x HmntyCntrd] It starts with small acts of support, resistance, and introspection, at a daily level.

Ideas 9/15/2021

User Research x Sales and Marketing: Building Shared Goals

Developing a close relationship with these teams can allow user researchers to not only better understand the customer, but identify “super personas.”

Ideas 9/9/2021

User Research x Product Teams: How to Build a Stronger Partnership

Working closely with product managers, designers, and developers not only enhances the user experience, but sets the foundation for user research growth.

Ideas 9/9/2021

Try These Approaches to Interview Note-Taking (Your Future Self Will Thank You)

Save time in analysis, and dedicate more attention to your participants, with these approaches to note-taking.

Ideas 9/2/2021

User Research x Account Management: Tips for Successful Cross-Team Collaboration

Through their work with customers, account management and service teams have a wealth of knowledge on the user. Working closely with them can help you unlock more of the user’s goals, needs, and pain points.

Ideas 8/25/2021

Elevate Your Moderated Research with an Interview Guide

Don’t let moderated research get the best of you, we’ve found your secret weapon. Interview guides keep key questions at the forefront and ensure your best insights are never cut short.

Ideas 8/18/2021

Building a Successful User Research and Product Management Relationship

To develop strong collaboration between these teams, it helps to understand the needs of each group and set clear expectations. We uncover some common causes of confusion and discuss FAQs product managers ask about user research.

Ideas 8/18/2021

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Qualitative Interviews

Even the most experienced interviewers fall victim to interrupting a participant or asking a leading question. Taking note of when these occur and actively working to avoid them can put participants at ease and encourage unbiased insights.

Ideas 8/12/2021

A Complete Guide to Remote International Research Logistics (Updated 2021)

When it comes to effective international research, the devil is in the details. Use these essential detail-management tips to create the environment for an effective study.

Ideas 8/12/2021

7 Ways to Get Regular Feedback as a User Researcher (Even as a Team of One)

Asking for feedback can be uncomfortable, but giving your team or stakeholders the opportunity to share thoughts on your work can give you a new perspective and help advance your career.

Ideas 8/5/2021

Make Every Step of Your Research Process More Efficient: Advice for Solo (or Bandwidth-Low) UXRs

Here are our best tips for small teams looking to make a big impact with tight turnaround times. 

Ideas 8/5/2021

Research Roadmaps: A Tactic for Greater Org-Wide Alignment (Template Included)

Creating a shareable roadmap of your research efforts can help you better prioritize your work and better demonstrate that work’s value.

Ideas 7/28/2021

The Power of Prototyping: Tackling “Wicked” Problems with Design

Prototypes are often used as a tool for testing assumptions, but they can bring so much more to the table. Discover how great prototypes can provoke new ways of thinking and ultimately drive social change.

Ideas 7/28/2021

Building a Team that Wants to Stay: Tips for Properly Onboarding User Researchers

Two days isn’t enough when it comes to adjusting to a new company. We take you through how to create a solid onboarding experience and why it matters to your employee and your organization.

Ideas 7/22/2021

International and Cross-Cultural Experience Research: Advice from Five Experts

We asked a handful of experts to share their experience conducting international research and any advice they have for others when navigating this space in-person or remotely.

Ideas 7/14/2021

A Never-Fail Usability Testing Checklist

Make sure every usability test goes off without a hitch. We’ve built a robust checklist to ensure you’re prepared for everything prior, during, and after the test.

Ideas 7/6/2021

Finding the Intersection Between Market Research & User Research

Similarities between user research and market research can often be the cause of conflict, but harnessing the differences of each department can actually be the key to a fruitful relationship.

Ideas 7/1/2021

How (And When) Should We Ask About Ethnicity? Use These Principles for More Inclusive Demographic-Gathering

We re-designed the way our participants discuss their ethnicity within our platform. Here’s what our research taught us about how users want to report their multi-racial identity.

Ideas 6/23/2021

Moving to “The Next Normal”: How Research Will Evolve in the Post-COVID World

At the end of 2019, we outlined a series of “Moves to Modern Research”—steps organizations were taking to mature their research practice. 2020 changed everything. Here’s how…

Ideas 6/17/2021

Overcome Any Research Rut: 6 Tactics for When You're "Stuck" During a Study

Research ruts, or “creative blocks” happen to the best of us. See how a handful of seasoned researchers have learned to not only tackle, but create systems for avoiding creative lulls.

Ideas 6/17/2021

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring Your Team's Next User Researcher

Finding the right candidate to build out a new UX team can be a daunting task. Explore tips for writing a clear UX job description and avoid common hiring pitfalls.

Ideas 6/17/2021

Set Your Product's Course: Try Concept Testing

Whether you’re kicking off the discovery phase or in the midst of product validation, a concept test can help determine if your team is heading in the right direction.

Ideas 6/10/2021

3 Effective Methods for Content Tests (Beyond Usability Testing)

When testing content, usability often identifies the problem—without giving you much direction on how to fix it. Try a cloze test, recall-based test, or highlighter test instead. 

Ideas 6/10/2021

Use These 3 Exercises to Become a More Creative Researcher

Use these techniques to break out of a research rut and generate compelling insights from your next study.

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