This is an archived version of the 2011 edition of UXLx. The current event website is at
11 to 13 May 2011
Lisbon, Portugal
Leah Buley
Leah Buley is an experience designer for Adaptive Path. She believes that technology in our lives should be ennobling, liberating, and fun. She is interested in helping businesses and organizations make that possible. Her work spans a variety of industries including media, financial services, consumer products, and non-profit. 

Leah has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and Bachelors in American Studies from Barnard College. Leah writes and speaks regularly on tactics for inviting people into the user-centered design process. She is currently working on a book entitled The UX Team of One to be published with Rosenfeld Media. When she's not working she's at the dog park with Roku, the cutest dog ever.

Leah Buley


Building a Practice as a UX Team of One


UX teams of one have unique challenges. Fewer resources. Creative isolation. Organizational ignorance. Sometimes even hostility. This workshop will explore the real life organizational situations that teams of one work in, and show what you can do about them.

Teams of one arguably have the furthest reach and impact, precisely because they mostly work with people who don't yet know the value of user experience. But when UX teams of one are embattled, frustrated, territorial, and defensive, the discipline of UX seems that way too. And when UX teams of one are relevant and effective, confidence and interest in UX spreads.

The goal of this workshop is to give every attendee the tools to be relevant and effective by creating a personalized plan for their UX practice. Your plan will include the methods, soft skills, and strategies that will help you build support for UX and do your best work in a resource constrained environment.

We'll start the day by looking at what kind of team of one you are. A newcomer? A cross-over? A freelancer? While being a UX team of one can feel isolating at times, we actually have more in common than we think. Organizational models, team makeup, and product development approach all combine to create some fairly predictable challenges and opportunities. In this workshop we'll create a personalized assessment of which ones apply to you.

From there, this workshop will guide you in making an 18-month plan for your UX practice, and help you identify specific tactics and strategies to get you there. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you're a seasoned practitioner, this workshop will give you a game plan for doing more with less.

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Wednesday, 11 May @ 9:00-12:30
180 minutes + 30 minute break @ 10:30-11:00
Room 2

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Main Sponsors:
Novabase - Like Life - Online Hotel Reservations
Platinum Sponsors:
Microsoft Userzoom - Zooming in on the User Experience 23 Video

Gold Sponsors:
UX Pin - Paper Prototyping Redesigned Log - Open Source Consulting Tobii Technology Cacooo - Create Diagrams Online with Real Time Colaboration Anacom - Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações
Gold Partners:
ActiveMedia - ScreenEMotion Corefactor Sensebloom

Silver Sponsors:
Moo O'Reilly Rosenfeld Media Pearson Publishing Morgan Kaufmann - Elsevier Five Simple Steps Goplan Survs - Asking for you
HotGloo - The Online Wireframe App Loop11 - Online, Unmoderated User Testing invoic€xpress TrymyUI - Get the Users View OpenHallway - Simple Usability Testing Try - Consultoria e Pesquisas
Silver Partners:
Waterdog Mobile

Supporters: Axure - See it happen Balsamiq Studios Optimal Workshop - Make it Easy TAP Portugal Tryp Oriente AHP - Applications and Hosting Provider Raio Filmes
Media Sponsors: Johnny Holland