On a hot and dry day in the
desert, a woman met a man. And the woman met
another man. And the man knew another woman. And the man the woman met knew another man. And
the woman the man knew, knew two more women.
And the man and the woman met more
people, both men and women. And the men and
women the man and the woman met knew still more women and men.
Thus was born the Minnesota Chapter of
the UPA, the first official chapter in the United States.
The important things that helped
all of these women and men get together were:
The UPA 1999 Annual Conference in Scottsdale
The 1999 UPA Membership Directory
organizations, such as SIGCHI
relationships and word of mouth
When all the men and women first
got together at a noisy restaurant at The Mall of America, it became obvious that the
local chapter was going to work. Enthusiasm
abounded. We decided to meet monthly at the
work sites of our members.
Running on the platform of
"Let's have fun," the honorable Lucy Suits was elected president at our second
meeting. Officer positions were created for
all others who had expressed an interest in being officers.
Most of them ran unopposed and were
promptly voted in.
In January 2000, we had our
first official meeting as a chapter. We
started as a group of 10 or 12 who regularly came together every second Thursday, and now
we are a group of almost 20 who regularly attend.
We do have fun and we cover some great topics: positioning of usability within our companies, ROI of usability work, and automated methods of testing like vividence.com.