User eXperience, a.k.a. UE

In the digital world, it's all about user experience. UX is often used in the Web design and Web development community, for example "It's time to focus on design + UX rather than on content creation through outsourcing." 

User Experience (UX, sometimes seen as UE) involves a person's behaviors, attitudes, and emotions about using a particular product, system or service. User Experience includes the practical, experiential, affective and meaningful aspects of human-computer interaction and product ownership. Additionally, it includes a person’s perceptions of system aspects such as utility, ease of use and efficiency. User Experience may be considered subjective in nature to the degree that it is about individual perception and thought with respect to the system, so therefore it is dynamic and constantly modified over time due to changing usage circumstances as well as the wider usage context.

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Historical perspective: Coming from someone who used to work in UX, blah blah blah, here's more: User experience encompasses much more than the traditional 'user interface' issues (known as UI), such as screen design and command structure. Rather, it's a broad collection of user-centric issues that cut through the full extent of a project. Advances in mobile, ubiquitous and social computing technologies have moved human-computer interaction into practically all areas of human activity. This has led to a shift away from usability engineering to a much richer scope of user experience, where users' feelings, motivations, and values are given as much, if not more, attention than efficiency, effectiveness and basic subjective satisfaction (i.e. the three traditional usability metrics).

In website design, it is important to combine the interests of different stakeholders: marketing, branding, visual design, and usability. The field of 'user experience' represents an expansion and extension of the field of usability, and includes the holistic perspective of how a person feels about using a system. The focus is on pleasure and value as well as on performance. The exact definition, framework, and elements of user experience constantly evolve but consistently encompass several business considerations.

A UX strategist uses consumer insights she’s gathered from research, psychology, and UX best practices, takes a consumer-centric approach to helping the company make strategy decisions, and acts as a change agent within the company. It goes all the way from defining the strategic objectives—vision and strategy—to team objectives and tactical plans, as well as execution and monitoring. If you work with the psychological aspects of the design, user-focused strategy, statistical analysis, and user studies, that is UX. UX professionals often do the “information” and “interaction” aspects as well since they are so related. The UX Specialist's greatest skill is that she knows how to listen, and she can help evangelize the most effective process within the organization.

Experts advocate conducting secondary research to get started with UX strategy, using resources such as company mission, vision, and values; strategic plans and operational plans; annual and quarterly reports; key performance indicators (KPIs); competitor and risk evaluation; organizational charts; analyst reports; and surveys.

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