Your job title is User Experience Architect, or User Experience Designer, or Information Architect. One question on your mind is probably when will I get to be a senior? What do I have to do to get promoted to a senior?
Getting promoted or moving companies into a new position as a senior is a big step. It means that you are experienced, skilled, and a leader.
A Senior User Experience Architect
- More than 5 years experience in UXA
- Can lead a small temporary team, including external people
- Well experienced with all the skills of UX
- They have the skills and experience to support almost every one of the UX values. There might be one or two they are learning.
- They teach and inspire others in supporting the 8 UX values.
Before you start on your journey to be a senior you need to make sure you have mastered all inner circle things. You need to then start to master the 4 things below.
Knowing the large - This means knowing what you competitors are up to (both direct and indirect) as well as how your customers are changing. Even larger context issues such as twitter, something that just 2 years ago was just starting which is now a major force.
Discussing the different - This is the respectful voice that allows the senior to build experiences that are owned by all stakeholders. It is a difficult role, but we need to facilitate the conversation. These conversations can include external stakeholders and executive clients.
Dreaming the better - This is the ability to generate great ideas, collect them, and have them at the ready for other projects or later phases. These is related to service design, product roadmaps, white-papers, business modeling, vision prototyping, and conceptualizing.
Measuring the impact - Seniors need to be able to predict the impact of our different recommendations. This means watching the different metrics. Omniture, Customer Satisfaction, Search Logs, etc.