UXPA Project on Developing the Profession
Part of the UXPA mission is to "increase the body of knowledge about usability and user-centered design through professional education, meetings and conventions and other professional interchanges."
The goal of creating this body of knowledge is an important part of building a profession, but it is not one that will be reached quickly. This group of projects addresses different building blocks towards this goal.
Work in 2001- 2002 resulted in a recommendation that placed a body of knowledge in the center of several activities, including defining a curriculum, identifying roles, creating a self-assessment tool, and, eventually, a certification.
Related to this, is the concept of a code of conduct for practitioners. In September 2005, the UXPA adopted a Code of Conduct.
Other projects that have been suggested under this umbrella are:
- Create an annotated bibliography for getting started in UCD. This list of reading will help those just learning about the field find the best reading material.
- Define roles for practicing UCD , and start work on creating sample job descriptions . This work will lead to additional professional development activities.
- Identify critical readings, the common core of the professional literature.
There are several projects focused on different aspects of developing our profession and a body of knowledge about our work.
A project to create an authoritative source of reference and define the scope of the profession.
This ethical code for UXPA members that expresses the profession's recognition of its responsibilities to the public, clients, employers, and colleagues was adopted in September 2005.
- Certification Project (2001-2002)
This project investigated the possibility of creating a certification for usability professionals
Articles and other publications relating to these projects.
- "Does UPA Need a Code of Conduct?" (UPA Voice, February 2004). A preliminary article introducing the draft Code of Conduct
- "Building Blocks to a Body of Knowledge" (UPA Voice, September 2002) A report on the outcome of the certification project that identified the projects now under way.
on the Survey of Attitudes Towards Certification
A report on a survey of amost 1000 people conducted as part of the certification project