SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: IA Department "Organiz
RE: SIGIA-L: IA Department "Organization Charts"
From: Adam Polansky (adam.polansky_at_raremedium.com)
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 18:29:35 EDT
Information Architects at my firm are part of an analysis department that is
separate from Creative or Technical. The department consists of Business
Analysts, Usability Analysts (Would you believe that in TX it is illegal to
carry the title "Engineer" without a specific degree - Texas A&M lobby at
work) and Information Architects. We were bounced around between Tech and
Creative for a while until it was recognized that we occupy a kind of middle
ground although we work closely with both (Dual lobe requirement). Beyond
that, it's still kind of loose. We have discipline leaders in each group
(IA/BA/UA), but since we each have different strengths within the discipline
one IA is as likely to take the lead on a project as another depending upon
the needs of the project.
From: Trina Neilson [mailto:trinan_at_coleweber.net]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2000 12:41 PM
Subject: SIGIA-L: IA Department "Organization Charts"
Since this is such a new field, and the implementation of IA in my workplace
is especially new, I would love to hear from anyone out there who has a
perspective on the "org chart" -- specifically, how does IA fit in to your
- Do you have an "Information Architecture Lead/Director" with several (or
few) IA "underlings"?
- Do you have a "User Experience Director" who manages the Information
Architects, Usability Experts, etc?
- Is your IA department part of the creative team, like copyrighters are in
- Are your IAs all equal, collaborative units, where everyone contributes
and different people lead on different projects?
Any insight would be appreciated. I am looking in to how IA would fit in to
our management structure now, and it would be helpful to know how it fits in
elsewhere. The structure of the "department," such as it is with only one
person at the moment, will become an issue when more people join.
Cole & Weber Interactive
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