SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] What makes an IA good at what he or she does?
Re: [Sigia-l] What makes an IA good at what he or she does?
I think this was definitely stated well. I think some forget that an IA has
to be somewhat creative, meaning a good left/right brain.
On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 12:30:30 -0500, javier velasco wrote
> Laurie Gray wrote:
> >I was recently challenged by a colleague to define what makes us good at
> >what we do. His argument was, anyone can draw wireframes - what makes
> >what you do different, and better?
> >I have some ideas but I am curious to hear what the group thinks. This
> >particular colleague is very much in support of my work, and the
> >discussion related on how to sell my skills to other colleagues, who
> >feel that anyone trained in HF can do IA work.
> I think that besides the technical knowledge and skills, a good IA
> would have the following features:
> - Bird-eye view: that ability to look at little details and not miss
> track of the larger picture, ever.
> - Empathy: the ability to get permeated by the kind of project
> you're working on and to step into the shoes of the users you're
> aiming at.
> - Left / Right balance: you need to be able to deal with logic
> reasoning and at the same time be creative.
> - Language / Abstraction : strong language skills and the ablity to
> deal with abstract concepts.
> - Politics: most of the time you also have to be strong at handling
> stubborn cynical stakeholders, and negotiate.
> ....my couple of cents
> - now from Maine
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