Audrey Carr took some time to give great guidance on the communities expectations for the role. As we are investing in someone right out of school these are the people you will have to work with, show your passion and connect to!
Have a look at the post!
Microsoft User Experience Advisor - Where’s the User Experience?
But here’s my problem: as far as I can tell, none of the candidates have demonstrated any knowledge of user experience or the needs of the user experience community. Wake up! It’s not about you or your resume - I want to know that you can empathize with and understand my needs as a designer, information architect, or web developer. If you want to talk to creatives, you need to understand the design process and how Microsoft’s new tools fit in to the larger picture. For a primer on innovative and creative thinking, why not learn from the best: check out what IDEO’s Tom Kelley has written about the power of design in solving tomorrow’s business problems: The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation, and learn what design thinking is all about.
Where to Start?
So, if you’re thinking of applying, check out the CANUX2006 conference blog and learn about the latest issues in our community. Also, how about conducting some preliminary user research? Send a friendly email to the UXIrregulars group and ask us about our needs. We’re more than willing to help and can’t wait to hear from you!