Little Things Matter
President, Usability Professional's Association
The 6-month anniversary of September 11 was noted in various ways last month, ranging from ceremonies to the towers of light structure in lower Manhattan. I took some time to reflect on what has changed in the last 6 months and to consider where UPA fits into all of this. What have we been doing and have we changed as well?
I believe that one of the values that UPA provides our members with is a community, a place to share ideas, to make connections, to find jobs, and to make a difference. During these difficult times, we all need support, in different ways. There are many ways we can do this through specific projects, publications, local chapter's work, and our conference.
One important way UPA keeps us in contact with each other is through our 12 local chapters (with more on the way). The first local conference was held in Boston at the end of January and was attended by over 100 people. It was an energizing day and I left feeling that we had a strong community at the local level in addition to the global level.
A new vehicle to help us communicate well is the UPA's User Experience magazine, which launched the first issue in March. This publication provides usability professionals with accessible information on techniques that help us communicate our value and work effectively in the current business environment. I hope you all enjoy your first issue of User Experience and that you will consider submitting an article for one of the many columns the magazine contains.
While communication through print and in local meetings is important, the best opportunity for interchange is at the annual conference, to be held this July in Orlando. I know that many of you have budgetary and travel constraints that will make it difficult to attend the conference this year. I urge you to try to join us in Orlando. I think this is an important year for us, to support one another, to learn and teach, and to do little things that make a difference.