About this Case Study
UX teams often receive requests for outputs from across a business. And, well-intentioned though they are, these requests can be rooted in individual or department wants and needs and siloed in nature. There’s also a tendency for them to take the form of features or solutions to be visually designed, rather than problems to be solved.
It can be all too easy to slip into habits of ""just doing this one little thing” or servicing senior stakeholder needs. And, when we do this, it’s at the expense of doing great work that makes things better for users.
A standard part of our role as a UX team is to validate requests, ensuring that they're driven by insight and aligned with business goals and to help propose alternative solutions if appropriate.
But equally important is to work with our colleagues across the business to help them understand how to interrogate their own requests to ensure that, when they approach us, it’s with insight and problems, not rushed conclusions.
I'll be talking about how I helped update processes at Beauty Bay to challenge requests coming to the team to ensure that the work we did was driven by both user and business needs. And how, by doing that, we were able to work more collaboratively across the business to understand problems and come up with better solutions that worked for both internal teams and our customers.
About the Speaker
Llara Geddes is Head of UX at Manchester-based optimisation consultancy User Conversion. With a background in marketing and customer service at schuh, she spent 4 years in agency-side UX in Edinburgh and Manchester, before moving in-house to be Head of UX at Beauty Bay. In 2018, Llara returned to agency to join the User Conversion team.
Llara firmly believes in seeing UX permeate through an organisation, taking in every part of the end customer journey and considering internal users. She's also a believer in looking laterally to find talent within an organisation and is a supporter of promoting women and young people in tech. She's a STEM ambassador, a volunteer organiser with Ladies that UX Manchester and a speaker with TechNorth’s Northern Voices programme.