Inside the Startup

Elisabeth Bohlmann @ December Labs, UX/UI and Development Solutions

January 11, 2021 Tech Founders & Executives
Inside the Startup
Elisabeth Bohlmann @ December Labs, UX/UI and Development Solutions
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Inside the Startup
Elisabeth Bohlmann @ December Labs, UX/UI and Development Solutions
Jan 11, 2021
Tech Founders & Executives

Bohlmann provides an overview of UX along with practical tips on how to leverage it for your organization.

PEOPLE


TAKEAWAYS

  1. Don’t get scared by potential challenges of UX, since there’s a way to do UX for everyone to get value.
  2. UX can provide a great return on investment; e.g. saving users time every day or freeing customer support teams from repeat issues. 
  3. Never lose the focus on building products that solve a user’s problems; UX can help you guide the way.


NOTES

  • 01:18 – Can you provide us an overview of December Labs? We specialize in design and development in customer software solutions, mostly with funded startups and growth stage companies (e.g. Google, Accenture). We help people build their products, their companies and their dreams.
  • 02:25 - What is User Experience (UX)? UX is a user centric approach to understanding the user’s problem and using research to solve the user’s problem. It starts with mapping out the user’s problem and designing the user solution.
  • 03:16 - Why has UX become a big deal? UX is founded in Design Thinking, an approach which puts users at the center of any design decision. Design Thinking has been around for decades but has become popular in software in the past decade and is the magic backbone that’s making software more sleek and usable but helping you solve a problem.
  • 04:50 - What are some of the challenges of UX? Many startups feel UX is too expensive, they don’t have a user base or it’s only for big companies. User testing doesn’t need to include a lot of users -- even speaking with just five people can identify 80% of the problems they might have with your product. Don’t get scared with UX and its challenges.
  • 07:05 - How is UX different from UI (user interface)? Both have the “U” in them for the user, so they are part of the same, user centric, journey to solve the user’s problems, in a specific way. UI is the visuals/end product. UX is more hidden, it’s the backbone/structure/architecture and is also divided into user research to understand what the user’s want and then the design tries to implement that (including UI); overall they are both part of the product design cycle.
  • 08:35 - How has UX evolved in the past decade? Has Agile/iterative development pushed it to the forefront? Users get more sophisticated and demanding over time with using products. Also, large organizations are investing a lot of money into their products, so startups have to compete with that and it becomes important to put the user at the center of that process.
  • 10:10 - How is being used in corporations and governments? With startups, you want to use UX to validate your ideas beyond just friends & family. With bigger companies, they do UX on every new feature in their enterprise products (e.g. repeat customer service tickets) to validate before spending money on product development. It’s sad that 90% of startups fail, so UX is even more important for validation of your product.
  • 12:50 - How do you go about setting up a new UX program in your company? It depends on whether you’re building a new product or improving an existing one. If it’s a new product for a startup, we might start with user sourcing if you don’t have a user base or if it’s further along, you could test the design before launching the beta. For bigger companies, you have integration with teams such as development, QA and customer service teams. It just depends on where you are with your product.
  • 15:00 - What are some methods/tactics you have used in UX? They vary from addressing a s
Show Notes

Bohlmann provides an overview of UX along with practical tips on how to leverage it for your organization.

PEOPLE


TAKEAWAYS

  1. Don’t get scared by potential challenges of UX, since there’s a way to do UX for everyone to get value.
  2. UX can provide a great return on investment; e.g. saving users time every day or freeing customer support teams from repeat issues. 
  3. Never lose the focus on building products that solve a user’s problems; UX can help you guide the way.


NOTES

  • 01:18 – Can you provide us an overview of December Labs? We specialize in design and development in customer software solutions, mostly with funded startups and growth stage companies (e.g. Google, Accenture). We help people build their products, their companies and their dreams.
  • 02:25 - What is User Experience (UX)? UX is a user centric approach to understanding the user’s problem and using research to solve the user’s problem. It starts with mapping out the user’s problem and designing the user solution.
  • 03:16 - Why has UX become a big deal? UX is founded in Design Thinking, an approach which puts users at the center of any design decision. Design Thinking has been around for decades but has become popular in software in the past decade and is the magic backbone that’s making software more sleek and usable but helping you solve a problem.
  • 04:50 - What are some of the challenges of UX? Many startups feel UX is too expensive, they don’t have a user base or it’s only for big companies. User testing doesn’t need to include a lot of users -- even speaking with just five people can identify 80% of the problems they might have with your product. Don’t get scared with UX and its challenges.
  • 07:05 - How is UX different from UI (user interface)? Both have the “U” in them for the user, so they are part of the same, user centric, journey to solve the user’s problems, in a specific way. UI is the visuals/end product. UX is more hidden, it’s the backbone/structure/architecture and is also divided into user research to understand what the user’s want and then the design tries to implement that (including UI); overall they are both part of the product design cycle.
  • 08:35 - How has UX evolved in the past decade? Has Agile/iterative development pushed it to the forefront? Users get more sophisticated and demanding over time with using products. Also, large organizations are investing a lot of money into their products, so startups have to compete with that and it becomes important to put the user at the center of that process.
  • 10:10 - How is being used in corporations and governments? With startups, you want to use UX to validate your ideas beyond just friends & family. With bigger companies, they do UX on every new feature in their enterprise products (e.g. repeat customer service tickets) to validate before spending money on product development. It’s sad that 90% of startups fail, so UX is even more important for validation of your product.
  • 12:50 - How do you go about setting up a new UX program in your company? It depends on whether you’re building a new product or improving an existing one. If it’s a new product for a startup, we might start with user sourcing if you don’t have a user base or if it’s further along, you could test the design before launching the beta. For bigger companies, you have integration with teams such as development, QA and customer service teams. It just depends on where you are with your product.
  • 15:00 - What are some methods/tactics you have used in UX? They vary from addressing a s