Hi all, what a great community this is! I’m Christie.
Where in the world are you?
Melbourne, Australia .
What stage of your career are you at?
I work as an IT Manager in a fairly technical role (not customer-facing). I’m very familiar with how development teams work (different skills/tools used), scrum/agile, deployment and release management, product ownership, and all things testing! Feel free to message me if I can answer any questions for you in these areas.
What are your current challenges?
I don’t have much of a chance to connect directly with users or customers of our products in my organisation. I can see a huge benefit to having our dev teams use more ux/design thinking, but it’s hard to convince people to change the way they work.
Also, I know very little about UX in general so I’m just trying to soak it all up right now and learn as much as I can to see where it takes me.
What aspects of UX are you passionate about?
On a professional level, I’m really interested in learning about how user research/data can inform our product decisions. For example, on a daily basis I see people making decisions about what to work on that are based on nothing more than “gut feel”: I’d like to see more of that being proven out by understanding our users with data.
On a personal level, art and design have always been part of my life, and I want to find a way to bring more of that into my career as well.
Cats or dogs?
I love dogs! But my partner doesn’t, so we have a cat. She feels more like a housemate than a pet.