OOUX Training for your Team

OOUX Immersive Workshop

OOUX Fundamentals + Advanced Concepts with a Custom Design Challenge

Why it's awesome

This OOUX deep-dive will give your team a repeatable process for tackling that complexity with confidence, rigor, and even playfulness.

Through the magic of object-oriented UX, we will learn a repeatable, foolproof process for creating simple, naturally intuitive digital environments.

We will learn to answer the following critical questions:

  • What are the objects in your user's world?
  • What is the structure of those objects?
  • How do they connect?
  • How do they relate to the user?

By baking these answers into the bones of your information architecture, we’ll gain clarity on your screen design, interaction design, content strategy, and even how your product(s) should be built. You'll simplify your pixels and your process.

During this immersive training program, participants will also learn advanced techniques for capturing detailed UX and business requirements. We will also customize the design challenge specifically for your business.

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The Agenda

Introduction to Object-Oriented UX, an Interactive Lecture

🤓 Invite the whole company! Sophia Prater will lead the group through an introduction to OOUX and the ORCA process that will engage your product and design team, your developers, the C-suite, marketing, project management and everyone in-between. This interactive lecture features plenty of exercises, participation, and real-world examples.

  • Explore the cognitive science that backs up OOUX. Why is this even important? And how can you start using it right away?
  • Get a tour of the ORCA process of defining objects, relationships, calls-to-action, and attributes.
  • Quick demos of Object Mapping
  • Learn about the unintuitive objects that can easily creep into your designs without the help of OOUX.

We will have about 10-15 minutes for discussion and questions at the end!

Workshop: ORCA Discovery to Sketching

Up to 40 participants. Bring in a cross-functional group of UXers, Product Owners, Developers.

In this workshop, we will dive into Discovery, OOUX-style. The first round of ORCA helps us begin to transform research/goals into structure. Teams uncover complexity EARLY and come up with more questions than answers—questions that should be tackled by additional research.

  • find and define objects with Noun Foraging
  • map object relationships using a Nested-Object Matrix (the NOM!)
  • brainstorm calls-to-action (funcationality!) by user role with a CTA Matrix
  • Structure objects with attributes using an Object Map — your new favorite diagram
  • Get a whirlwind tour of prioritizing the ORCA-way
  • Using a prioritized Object Map, Practice modular sketching OOUX-style
  • Wrap up with best practices and hot tips on how to easily get your organization started with the magic of OOUX

We will have lots of time for questions and small-group discussion.

Workshop: Advanced Concepts

up to 40 participants — these should be the same participants who were present in the Introduction Lecture and the Fundamentals Workshop! You'll want to avoid having participants come in late, because each step in this process builds on the last.

In this workshop, we dive into the infamous Requirements Round of the ORCA process. We tackle objects, relationships, CTAs, and attributes at high-fidelity: using words and diagrams, not pixels.  This second round of ORCA helps us wrangle the complexity inherent in our domain. We'll get into the nitty gritty of requirements in a way that's visual, thorough, efficient, and organized. And fun, believe it or not!

You're team will learn:

  • How to craft an Object Guide — a glossary on steroids that will get everyone on the same page, using the same words for the most important concepts in your system
  • The art of My Cat Saving Fire Department. (Yes, that's a mnemonic.) You'll learn to examine nested objects through the lens of mechanics, cardinality, sorting, filtering, and dependency.
  • How to create Object-Oriented User Stories by building on the CTA Matrix we created during Discovery
  • Create meta-metadata for each attribute: looking at data sources, default values, and role-based permissions.

This workshop is not for the faint of heart! Put on the coffee!

Working Session: Applying OOUX to your Product

Up to 12 participants. This is usually the core design team. Prereq: Introduction to OOUX and OOUX Fundamentals.

Taking everything we've learned, we'll take four glorious hours to take a problem you've been dealing with at your company. Sophia will guide you through the process, adapting it as needed for your particular challenge. This is a great way to kick off an OOUX effort with momentum and clear direction.

Wrap-up: Sketching and Q&A Session

up to 40 participants—again, the previous sessions are a pre-req! 

The fourth Round of ORCA is where we (finally!) start thinking about what screens might look like. We look at screens through the framework of Cards, Details, and Lists. Using all the hard work of the last three rounds, massaging our structure into screens is actually pretty straightforward. Sketches can easily turn into paper and digital prototypes, ready for testing with users. Woo hoo!

We'll reserve a good chunk of time at the end to make sure all questions are answered and we are sending you off prepared to implement OOUX at your organization!

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