To be a great UX research leader, you need to be empowered to influence, educate and mentor people.
You need the ability to scale and take your UX research practice to the highest level possible.
You need to create a drastic movement internally that values UX research.
Does this sound like a pipe dream? It’s not! Here’s how you can create drastic movement in your organization.
Connect with allies from across your organization–customer service, digital program, journey owners, product management, IT/developers, marketing, branding, customer experience, analytics, HR, etc.
Encourage your allies to join and take part of the movement by making it clear what’s in it for them:
Form a community of five to ten evangelists or ambassadors, each from a different department within the organization.
Lead the community in monthly meetings to collaborate and come up with ideas to host UX research events.
Work with your ambassadors to set up a cadence of fixed dates and times for UX-related events. Schedule them on a monthly basis for the next six to twelve months. Ambassadors are responsible for promoting the events within their own departments and sending invites.
Events can be a ‘lunch and learn’ series where each ambassador presents a topic.
Some possible topics could be:
You can even ask your UX vendor partners to volunteer to do a webinar on common topics of interest. Vendor partners will love the opportunity to participate.
Invite guest speakers as well. For example, a business stakeholder can speak about the value of UX research and how it improved key performance indicators. Trust me, business stakeholders love to talk about their accomplishments, too!
After each event, meet with your stakeholders to debrief, sharing what went well and what could be improved for future events.
Brace yourself: executives will hear about these events and want to know more. This may result in a C-suite executive becoming a sponsor, leading to their support and promotion of the movement as well. They may get involved and mentor ambassadors, or even fund specific events.
Yes, it’s possible. I’ve seen it happen it before. Here’s an example event from EMEA customer Shop Direct: https://www.shopdirect.com/ux-insights/
All executives care about their customers’ experience, satisfaction and engagement with the company’s products. They know the high impact of a satisfied customer on the bottom line and business ROI.
Executives also care about educating employees on the value of becoming a customer-centric organization. They care about increasing employees’ exposure to the value of UX research, which over time increases the UX maturity of the entire organization.
So just sit back and watch the floodgate of UX research requests open.
Identify your allies in departments across the organization, and invite them to join your UX community of ambassadors.
Also find local meet-up groups or events to attend or at which you can present as a team.
Reach out to your Research Partner at UserZoom to discuss. We will be happy to support you during this impactful journey.
And if you missed the previous parts of this series, check them out below:
Part 3) Engage your stakeholders