Advocating for IA in Product: A Case Study with Citrix ShareFile (IA Summit ’16 Poster)

Poster Night, a social event at IA Summit ’16, showcases 30+ posters about methods, trends, case studies and more in the UX/IA field. Palak (user researcher) and I (UX designer / information architect) presented a case study about advocating for IA within product. IA within product is often overlooked because it’s not something as tangible as a website’s site map. Over the past few months, we teamed up as a duo to lead the project team through the redesign of our product’s Web App. For our card sort, we used the Modified-Delphi approach, which we’ve tried a few times on different projects and it’s been helpful with informing us!

Advocating for IA in Product


Here’s a PDF of our poster. As a bonus, here are our top 10 tips for advocating for IA in product!

  1. Have a duo if possible – a researcher teamed up with an information architect or a UX designer with IA chops can lean on each other’s expertise to make some good progress.
  2. Be adaptable, understand you may have to pivot based on your organization’s size and resources.
  3. Stay focused on the structure and build a foundation to move forward.
  4. Hard work = rewards; it may not seem like it at first, but keep going! Once you see progress, you’ll feel better. At the end, you can look back to see how far things have come along!
  5. Build trust in the people you work with and your stakeholders
  6. Invite people along the way – have them observe so they can understand what’s going on. Lean on people to help define categories and label change recommendations
  7. Combine both qualitative & quantitative data – it can help you make informed navigation decisions
  8. Build a story and reflect back on your process and iterations.
  9. Share your work with others – it helps advocate for the practice.
  10. Have fun! This can be quite the effort, so don’t forget to have fun during the process. Play your favorite jams, order in lunch for everyone, and tell really bad jokes.

Tools and Methods We Used

Questions about the process or the approach? Want to share what you’re up to? Feel free to contact Michelle (@soysaucechin).

Importance of Mentorship (IA Summit ’16 Poster) References

About the IA Summit

The IA Summit is one of the most popular UX conferences, held each year since 2000. The 2016 edition was in Atlanta from May 4-8 and the keynote speakers were Cory Doctorow, Léonie Watson, Lisa Welchman, and Jesse James Garrett.

Poster Night

Poster night at the IA Summit is a social event where a variety of topics are presented including case studies and methods. Each presenter creates a poster or activity in advance, and leads a discussion with attendees at poster night.

At Poster Night 2016, exploreUX founder Michelle Chin (@soysaucechin) and Triangle UXPA Events Director Andrew Wirtanen (@awirtanen) presented a poster on mentorship.

About the Poster

The poster covers the following areas:

  • The myths of mentorship
  • The value of mentorship
  • Starting a mentoring relationship
  • Starting a mentorship program

MChinAWirtanenIAS16MentorshipPoster Mentorship poster

Here’s a PDF of our poster.

The poster references six articles, presentations, and videos that one may find useful:

  1. How to Find Your Design Mentor
    April 30, 2015 by Nathalie Crosbie
  2. A Case for Mentorship
    June 6, 2011 by Scott Baldwin
  3. Mentoring the Next Generation of UX Designers
    April 14, 2014 by Fred Beecher
  4. Old Dog? Time to Learn Some New Tricks
    December 3, 2014 by Donna Spencer
  5. This is the Golden Age of Design
    Mike Monteiro at Webdagene 2015
  6. How do we design designers?
    November 21, 2014 by Jared Spool