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Boxes and Arrows: Analyzing Card Sort Results

August 27th, 2003 — 10:56am

Boxes and Arrows just pub­lished my arti­cle Ana­lyz­ing Card Sort Results With a Spread­sheet Tem­plate. Thanks to every­one who made it pos­si­ble to share this tool. I hope it helps your next project!
If you need the tem­plate file, it’s avail­able here — card_sort_template_ba.xls.

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Joe Lamantia is Available

August 26th, 2003 — 7:59pm

If you’re look­ing for an open-minded, effec­tive prob­lem solver with solid expe­ri­ence in the major realms of an inte­grated User Expe­ri­ence effort — busi­ness, tech­nol­ogy, design, user research, project man­age­ment — con­tact me (joe(at)joelamantia.com). I’m now look­ing for my next posi­tion, and inter­ested in dis­cussing full-time and con­tract oppor­tu­ni­ties.
For back­ground: I’ve just fin­ished an eigh­teen month assign­ment as on-staff Infor­ma­tion Archi­tect for Para­met­ric Tech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion (Nas­daq: PMTC) , where I focused on the strate­gic inte­gra­tion of sev­eral large web­sites and numer­ous application-based User Expe­ri­ences under a sin­gle, user-driven Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture.
Broadly, my respon­si­bil­i­ties dur­ing the past two years cen­tered on defin­ing and build­ing Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture and Usabil­ity pro­grams within large soft­ware com­pa­nies.
Some of my spe­cific Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture respon­si­bil­i­ties at PTC included design­ing an inte­grated sys­tem of 60 mod­u­lar inter­face tem­plates and content-display objects, as well as meta-data, XML DTDs, a com­plete cat­e­go­riza­tion sys­tem, a detailed attribute tax­on­omy, data fields, and dis­play schemat­ics for a custom-built con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem dynam­i­cally serv­ing 50,000 Web pages in nine lan­guages.
While with PTC, I also started a Usabililty Pro­gram for the e-Business Group that grew to include an active com­mu­nity of three hun­dred reg­u­lar test­ing vol­un­teers, con­sis­tent field research at major indus­try trade shows and con­fer­ences, and the company’s first ded­i­cated Usabil­ity facil­ity.
In 2000 and 2001, I founded an Asia-Pacific B2B startup with a team of US and China-based part­ners. Before this, I spent six years cre­at­ing inno­v­a­tive inter­ac­tive design solu­tions for lead­ing con­sult­ing firms (Onward, CSC, Zefer) and bou­tique inter­ac­tive agen­cies (One21). Accord­ingly, I can con­tribute as both leader and team mem­ber in many busi­ness snvi­ron­ments.
In addi­tion to eight years spent archi­tect­ing and man­ag­ing large cor­po­rate sites and enter­prise appli­ca­tions as a devel­oper and designer, I have con­sid­er­able expe­ri­ence with project man­age­ment in high tech and soft­ware set­tings, strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sult­ing skills, and an entre­pre­neur­ial out­look on busi­ness analy­sis.
I’m most inter­ested in oppor­tu­nites in the User Expe­ri­ence and Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems fields, but I’m also eager to work out­side the United States and am open to posi­tions in other areas. Some fields I have expe­ri­ence in or find inter­est­ing include con­sult­ing, pub­lish­ing, enter­tain­ment, travel, gov­ern­ment, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.
I’m look­ing for an envi­ron­ment that sup­ports indi­vid­ual ini­tia­tive, respects tal­ent, rewards accom­plish­ment, and encour­ages inno­va­tion across dis­ci­plines and bound­aries. I enjoy multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams, and I feel most alive when I’m trav­el­ling in a new place or new envi­ron­ment. Addi­tional inter­na­tional expe­ri­ence is one of my most impor­tant per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals for the next sev­eral years.

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Find Out Who's Walking On the Wild Side?

August 15th, 2003 — 4:55am

Found this morn­ing on the BBCi while look­ing for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent -
“Sen­sa­tion Seek­ing Scale
This ques­tion­naire is designed to test your ten­dency towards var­ied, novel and intense sen­a­tions. This is some­times known as thrill-seeking or arousal seek­ing.“
Here’s the link: Sen­sa­tion Seek­ing Scale

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