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Skill profile by role
Created by: Coryndon Luxmoore | @cluxmoore | http://www.luxmoore.com
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User Experience skills
UX designer
UX lead
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Interaction design
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Interaction designCreates usable software features that map well to a user's activities, goals, and their cognitive and emotional state. 1334
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Information architectureOrganizes content and navigation effectively on an application level (e.g., sitemap) and screen level (e.g., wireframe)1334
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Information designPresents content and data in effective formats for user understanding (e.g., data visualization)1224
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Behavioral specificationsDemonstrates system and user behavior with effective prototypes. Writes clear and concise documentation of interaction design artifacts for use by developers and QA.1334
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Visual design
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LayoutCreates grid-based and structured arrangements of interface components that reflect the information and function hierarchy, are device-appropriate; and are brand appropriate. 1334
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TypographyUses typographic components appropriately to communicate hierarchy of information, available actions, and Company brand attributes.1222
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MotionTakes advantage of animations, transitions and other motion tools to communicate changes, draw the eye and better communicate the system behavior to the user1222
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ColorUses color properly to reflect the brand, create emotion, and highlight interface elements.1222
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Content development
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Copywriting and editingCreates text-based content; correct grammar; appropriate tone and voice. Takes existing content assets and refining to what is important and useful0222
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Content strategyDetermines what types of content are appropriate for inclusion in a site or application; plans for migration, development, and/or maintenanceN/AN/A11
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Taxonomy creationCategorizes content into an organization that is useful and meaningful to users; shows understanding of multiple taxonomy approaches (e.g., hierarchical, faceted)N/AN/A11
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User research
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Research planning and execution
Effectively plans and executes appropriate user research methods to inform project work and evaluate effectiveness of solutions. Has a practical knowledge of a range of research techniques.0333
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Quantitative research methods
Employs methods such as A/B testing and surveys appropriately0223
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Qualitative research methods
Employs methods such as customer interviews and task-based testing appropriately; has strong interview and observation skills0223
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Findings analysisAnalyzes research data effectively; reaches logical conclusions; presents recommendations accordingly; shares finding with their team and the company0333
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Business and process skills
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Project and team management
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Personal planning and delivery
Plans and delivers one's own design work on time; communicates status and issues appropriately1444
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Track-level planning and deliveryShows clear understanding of Company's design and delivery process and can plan and estimate work effectively1444
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Team leadershipEffectively manages and mentors practice and product team members in core skill areas. Seeks out other team member’s strengths to improve their own work and build their own knowledge.1334
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Collaboration
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Persuasion and influenceAble to effectively build consensus around design solutions. Actively listens, understands, and when appropriate, incorporates other people’s points of view into the proposed solution. Use a variety of communication strategies and tools like workshops and design sessions to achieve consensus.1334
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CommunicationAble to clearly communicate the current or desired user experience in meetings, workshops, and through artifacts like specifications, models, or prototypes.1234
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Creative thinkingShows creativity in determining how to solve a design problem or realize a design opportunity within the given constraints; able to consider multiple solutions/approaches2334
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FlexibilityRecognizes new information or changing situations and adjusts their approach and solution in response. Continually learns and grows design skills in response to business, design, and team challenges.2334
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Design strategy
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Business knowledgeShows clear understanding of Company's business and delivers design solutions that clearly align to business goals and objectives.1234
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Decision makingMakes effective design decisions based on strong rationale1234
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Constraint managementA deep understanding of the technology and business capabilities at the organization and the technological and business constraints in the current project.1234
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UX skill scoring
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N/ASkill is not required for this role
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0 No knowledgeHas awareness about the skill and some of its benefits but has not used it successfully on a project.
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1 ExploringActively learning about the skill and beginning to apply it to design challenges being faced on your team.
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2 EmergingSuccessfully used the skill on a number of design projects to achieve good results for the team
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3 CommittedCapable of applying this skill to a range of problems and contexts. Understands when and how to apply techniques to quickly solve design challenges
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4 MasteredDeep knowledge of the skill and are able to innovate and contribute knowledge to the industry. Capable of teaching and mentoring the skill to other team members
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Performance skill scoring
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N/A
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0 GapNot demonstrated this skill on the team and not currently working to improve the skill
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1 Needs ImprovementNot currently effectively using this skill to support the team in their objectives and is actively working to improve the skill
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2 Meets ExpectationsUses this skill effectively with their team and is actively working to improve their ability in this skill
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3 Often ExceedsAble to effectively apply a wide range of strategies to a variety of challenges encountered on the team.
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4 ExceptionalModels the way for fellow team members and is capable of mentoring others in this skill.
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