Four tried-and-true tips to help UX Designers ease the time crunch

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This post was made possible by having insightful conversations with a few great Toronto designers: Ricardo Vazquez, UI/UX Designer at Mozilla (@iamrvazquez), Alex M. Chong, Product Designer at Pivotal Labs (@alexmchong) and Huda Idrees, Director of Design at Wealthsimple (@hidrees).

The workflow of an agile software company can present challenging timelines to UX Designers. The consistent, repeatable work cycle of sprints is great at pushing regularly improved, working products through the door. UX Designers, however, need to navigate these tight timelines while collaborating across different parts of the product team. While truly agile workflows ideally entail choosing between completing a list of deliverables with a flexible deadline or prioritizing a deadline and getting as much done as possible, feeling time-poor is a pain point that agile designers at startup or growth-stage software companies have cited to me as a key challenge in their work.

What do UX pros do to make efficient use of their time on agile teams ? Here are some proven tips that emerged when I recently spoke with three local designers.

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Our Expert Panel Tackles Reliability, Scale & Performance

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For our second gdR Grow learning event on Wednesday, November 26, we’re turning our attention to performance, scale and reliability (check out a recap of our first event, too). We’re bringing together 40+ CTOs, Developers, Architects, Tech Leads and DevOps Engineers for an interactive panel discussion, some pints and great food from It’s All GRK. Speaking with Toronto startup developers & DevOps Engineers revealed a thirst for exploring this topic, since both the dream and the challenge for many tech startups is scaling a high-performing product to millions of consistently satisfied users.

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Four ways UX Designers can make their mark on an established product

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This post was made possible by having insightful conversations with a few great Toronto designers: Ricardo Vazquez, UI/UX Designer at Mozilla (@iamrvazquez), Alex M. Chong, Product Designer at Pivotal Labs (@alexmchong) and Huda Idrees, who has experience as a Product Designer at both Wave and Wattpad (@hidrees).

Every UX Designer I’ve ever met with has one thing in common: they all want to leave a mark on the product they work on. A designer’s design philosophy is often deeply personal, you might even say religious.

Working at a startup where a designer can shape a product from scratch offers a wealth of opportunities to shape UX. But if you’re a UX designer moving from a startup where you’ve had a lot of influence to a growth-stage company with an established, more mature product with a significant user base and UX approach, the opportunities for creative impact can be less obvious.

How can a UX Designer leave their mark on an established product? Here are four ways.

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120+ Startups Open Their Doors for Toronto’s Startup Open House 2014

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We’ve joined 120 Toronto startups in opening our doors to the over 2400 people registered for Startup Open House Toronto.

This free one-day event, Thursday October 30th from 4-7PM, was created to showcase what it’s like to work within Toronto’s vibrant startup community. If you’re a student, young professional, job seeker or just plain curious about startups, this event is made for you.

Our team will be headquartered at our office at 26 Soho Street answering any questions you have about working for Toronto tech companies. With 8 years experience recruiting for startup and growth software companies (and the only recruiting agency included on Startup North’s guide to the startup ecosystem two years in a row), here is some of what we can help you with:

  • Why to consider using a recruiting agency when you’re looking to make a career move

  • Career options in tech – what’s your next step and where does it lead you?

  • Building your network and contributing to the tech community

  • The type of experience, skills and personality that are attractive to a startup employer

  • Where to find startup social and learning events in the city

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ll also have an in-house tarot card reader & fully-stocked treat bar to keep you fueled as you continue on the Startup Open House route.

For more information about Startup Open House check out the website, map or follow along on Twitter at @suopenhouse or follow the hashtage #soh2014.Logo-Sign-2014-EN