January
11

Feb 16 meetup: How Developers & UX can work together better

by: Michael Seidel | 2015

When: Monday, February 16, 6:30pm
Where: Irish Pub, 2nd floor (124 N Water St)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

Ashley Dzick will be our Feb speaker.

Ashley leads UX at Okanjo, a local startup focusing on eCommerce for media. Prior to Okanjo, she worked at Direct Supply as a developer and then as a UX Designer.

In her talk, she’ll give practical advice about how to build understanding between the development and UX teams. Several developers will accompany her to answer questions from their point of view after the presentation.

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November
14

2014 UX holiday party

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

What: UX Holiday Party!
When: Tuesday, Dec 16, 6:00pm
Where: Burnhearts  (2599 S Logan Ave, Bay View)
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

mkeUX and Milwaukee UX Book Club are teaming up to throw the biggest and best (and only!) UX-centric holiday party in our fair city.

We’ll have an amazing selection of raffle prizes that have been graciously donated to us:

This is purely a social event. No formal presentation or topic. It’s a great opportunity to share conversation, merriment, and holiday cheer with your fellow UXers! Laughlin Constable is kindly covering part of the bar tab, so plan to arrive early and have a drink on them. C2 will be providing Transfer Pizza and bringing a bunch of Adobe goodies!

We look forward to seeing you there. And really, super looking forward to all the exciting things we have planned for 2015.

 

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September
26

Oct 7 meetup: Creating Immersive Experiences

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

When: Tuesday, Oct 7, 6:30pm
Where: Irish Pub, 2nd floor (124 N Water St)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

Stephanie Sansoucie will be our October speaker.

Description of her talk: In the future, emerging technology will infuse data into the fabric of our world resulting in immersive, contextually relevant experiences. To generate these immersive experiences, we will need to uncover customer needs beyond those high-level key moments of truth across the journey. We need to expose the micro-moments that matter. Just as organizations invest in experience evolution, so too must they evolve their business model based on learnings.

Stephanie leads the experience strategy and planning practice at Kohl’s Corporation. She brings deep omnichannel expertise focusing on user experience, customer experience, e-commerce, service design, organizational transformation and digital strategy.

 

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September
3

august 26 meeting: presentation link

by: Mike Kornacki | 2014

So, this is a bit late, but we were having some technical difficulties with our hosting company. All better now.

Anyway, Tony Beuche was kind enough to share his presentation with us from the other night. It was a great presentation that drove a lot of amazing conversation and sparked a lot of ideas around UX and agile process. Thanks, Tony!

You can find his presentation – Agile UX Project Work with Small Teams – here.

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August
4

Building a strong UX/Agile development process

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

When: Tuesday, Aug 26, 6:30pm
Where: Irish Pub, 2nd floor (124 N Water St)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

Tony Beuche ED2662E9-EDA5-4058-A713-320B67D96850is a certified usability analyst at the Bradley Corporation. He’s worked with developers Dean Del Ponte and Adrian Moore to build a strong UX/Agile development process that can cycle projects in house from user research all the way through to final user testing and launch.

In his mkeUX presentation, Tony will talk how that process works in the context of a project like replacing a large website+CMS. He’ll show how the UX and development stages of the process flow into each other to maintain velocity, and how the process is designed to evolve as they learn new things. Along the way, he’ll share some excellent industry tools and best practices that have made their way into the process.

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July
2

Donations needed to buy a new projector screen

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

UPDATE July 7: WE MET OUR GOAL – THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!!

We need your help with buying a new projector screen!

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If you’ve ever been to one of our meetups, you’ve likely noticed that our projector screen is a cold war relict, a heavy metal artifact of another, clunkier age. The screen is dented from years of being rolled up and unused. The thing weighs a TON. Kornacki lovingly but unkindly refers to it as THE ALBATROSS.

If the thing was an automobile, it’d qualify for a collector’s plate. But as a screen, well, it’s just an old piece of junk.

Time, dudes…it moves on.

This is where you can help.

mkeUX has always been and will always be FREE to attend. We run it without a budget (all event space is lovingly donated). As someone who has attended meetings, met new people, and learned new stuff, can you give back by helping us buy a new screen?

We’re looking to gather ~$150 for a screen like this one. (update: We met our goal!)

We’ll remove the link as soon as we’ve met our goal.

So what do you say…will you help project us into the modern age? We’ll love you forever.

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May
21

June 23 meetup: Agile UX

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

When: June 23, 2014 6:30pm
Where: Irish Pub, 2nd floor (124 N Water St)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

Centare_4C_AltThe project teams at Centare have been producing software using Agile techniques for over 5 years.  Developers, Quality Assurance, Product Owners, Scrum Masters and User Experience members work closely together to adhere to Agile principles while still remaining highly productive.  Every sprint is seen as an opportunity to experiment and improve our techniques.

Several members from the Centare UX team will share their stories and experiences to describe how they have successfully incorporated Lean UX methods into an Agile practice to improve collaboration and the flow of information throughout the entire project’s lifecycle.

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May
14

June 3rd: a call for volunteers!

by: Mike Kornacki | 2014

Midwest UX: a call for volunteers!

When: June 3, 2014 6:30pm
Where: Burnhearts (2599 S Logan Ave.)

Midwest UX is calling out for a city to host the 2015 conference and we think Milwaukee is just that City!

So, why is mkeUX having a meeting about Midwest UX? We want to get some volunteers to help us put together a proposal for Milwaukee hosting the event in 2015.

What is Midwest UX you ask?

Midwest UX is a 3-day conference founded on inter-disciplinary talks and workshops built around supporting and inspiring the growing Midwest design community.

Michael Seidel and I want to Co-Chair this event and we think we could put one hell of a planning committee together (with your help) to make Milwaukee the shining jewel of the Midwest UX crown.

So who’s with us?!

Note: This isn’t a standard mkeUX meeting. We are looking to get volunteers together to help with this mission. Thanks!

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March
4

April 1 meeting – user research: cheap, easy and agile

by: Michael Seidel | 2014

User research: cheap, easy and agile 

Presented by Kate Gomoll

When: April 1, 2014 6:30pm
Where: Braise (1101 S. 2nd Street, SECOND FLOOR)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

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Kate Gomoll, president and founder of Gomoll Research & Design, is well known for her field research expertise. She has managed and conducted user research for many companies like Apple, GE Healthcare, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson Controls, and Yahoo!

In her mkeUX presentation, Kate will share what she’s learned in her 20+ years of conducting field user research. She’ll also give ideas about how you can integrate field research into your organization’s UX practice.

Read an interview with Kate about Field Research Fundamentals.

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January
6

ux book club milwaukee

by: Mike Kornacki | 2014

My good friend Angelina Cole (@amcole526) is rebooting the UX Book Club here in Milwaukee and wants to kick everything off on January 22nd. I can’t think of a better person to run this club than her!

Angelina was kind enough to write a blog post about the club and what she hopes to accomplish with it. So, here it is…

Since September I’d been looking for a way to become more integrated into the Milwaukee UX community. A friend of mine tipped me off to the MKEUX group and after hearing Mike talk about bringing UX culture to an organization, I was energized.

 

I searched for a book club in MKE to shore up gaps in my knowledge as it dawned on me that UX was something I was extremely and innately passionate about. To my dismay, the one that was listed in MKE was defunct both online and on LinkedIn. I wrote out a few emails and posted on the wall asking for details on the next meeting and heard nothing for quite some time.

 

In that time I spoke with some other connections in the industry. While talking to one of them over Skype, she suggested I hold myself and the community accountable in knowledge-sharing and start a book club of my very own. After we hung up the call I considered the concept for a good 30 minutes.

 

The more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t let go of the idea.

 

My own list of reading had grown over a foot tall so I rationalized that the best way to kick start that immense learning project was to seek a community to keep me accountable. In December, I started the book club on meetup.com.

 

You can join myself and 20 complete strangers at meetup.com/uxbookmke and on January 22 (location details coming soon) to discuss Tom and Dave Kelley’s Creative Confidence. We hope to see you there!

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