Thursday, October 23, 2014

Using Paper Prototyping to Facilitate Successful Participatory Design Sessions

Caroline Romedenne and Tricia Okin presented the following before facilitating a workshop at the 10/28 Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup.

Event Description
How do you get a team working together to be aligned on the value, feasibility, and usefulness of their product ideas?  One approach is to enable team to work together in envisioning the product features via participatory design.  

Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup is pleased to be co-hosting a free workshop on Using Paper Prototyping to Facilitate Successful Participatory Design Sessions with Caroline Romedenne and Tricia Okin on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in NYC.  RSVP now on Meetup.

Description of Event

Caroline Romedenne and Tricia Okin will lead a workshop where we explore and experience how using paper prototyping can be an ideal communication tool to enhance and enable a successful participatory design session to uncover and/or discover how your end-user would see, navigate, understand or even design your content or interface...


Caroline Romedenne

Caroline Romedenne is a User Experience Designer and User Researcher at Kaplan Test Prep. She is a creative thinker, a design strategist with a passion for people, behavior and education.
Caroline studied Fine Art Photography at the Institut des Beaux-Arts St Luc in Belgium, she worked in fashion and portraiture for many years. After much travels, she gets an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design which has more deeply provided her to creatively conquer wide-ranging and complex work from user-centered, socially networked interaction, to physical installation projects.
Aside from Art direction and other UX-er positions, she is a cultural activist with and for Native American communities, she volunteers over the years designing programs that aimed to bring together different generations through meaningful interactions and cultural experiences.
She is the most motivated when standing at the intersection of diverse needs, ideas and people and ‘making it work’ for everyone.

Tricia Okin

I love learning about people, cultures, languages and why people do the things they do. I’m constantly searching for the “Why?” in a scenario. With all that, my primary love is designing (for) online communities, to connect people to others and to share in storytelling and their histories. In my spare time, I travel to experience new places and people.

My background is a BFA in photography and I completed my MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. With over 12 years of professional experience within the interactive design industry, my work focuses on practices  such as user experience, strategy, interaction design, creative direction, information architecture, and front-end development knowledge. My work includes clients who extend across multiple industry verticals, including education, nonprofit organizations, entertainment, tech, and food & lifestyle. I'm currently a lead instructor for General's User Experience Design Immersive course in both the New York and London campuses.

This event is co-sponsored with Lean Product Best Practices meetup group.

Note: This post was updated to include the presented deck post Meetup.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lean Applied: A "Mini" Workshop w/ Zain Yousaf

Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup was pleased to host Lean Applied: A "Mini" Workshop led by Zain Yousaf, Senior Consultant at LeanCog, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in NYC.  Here is a copy of presentation that Zain presented:

Description of Meetup

Over the past several years, Lean Startup and Customer Development have become wildly popular movements amongst startups looking to test their ideas. Larger firms and enterprises have also begun to adopt these methods into their operations. In this hands-on session, we will share examples of how firms are applying these methodologies within their organizations. The group will then practice testing their own ideas using tools such as the Business Model Canvas. Please come prepared with an idea (either your own or from your organization) that you are looking to test and feel comfortable sharing with the group. Looking forward to a fun and interactive session!


Zain Yousaf is a Senior Consultant at LeanCog, a strategy, product development, and innovation firm. Zain focuses on helping large firms innovate by applying lean startup and customer development methodologies. Zain has experience working with both startups and Fortune 500 firms as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and management consultant. He has an MBA from NYU and a BA from Cornell University.
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