The Zen of Consulting: A Meditation on Finding the Path

A session at IA Summit 2013

Friday 5th April, 2013

1:45pm to 2:05pm (EST)

For many projects, the path to completion is largely unknown. Fog obscures the way, and success is an improbable fable that lies beyond imposing mountains. As designers, our job is often to help our teams see the path, to dispel the fog of unclear requirements, to cut through thickets of unnecessary complexity and to visualize the destination.

But we can only fill this role if we are willing to embark on a journey of our own. It’s a difficult journey because it requires both courage and humility, speaking and listening, provoking and collaborating, exposing and admitting mistakes. In the world of business these are called “soft skills”, and they are key to transcending the pain of project failure.

This presentation uses the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path as a framework for exploring the personal, social, and communication skills needed to succeed as a designer on a multi-faceted team.

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Dennis Breen

Interaction designer, cyclist, reader, music lover, and dad. bio from Twitter

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Time 1:45pm2:05pm EST

Date Fri 5th April 2013

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