North West Ruby User Group

Working Through The Problem: How Developers Can Get Involved With Research

Thursday 21st May 6:30pm Online

We talk a lot about user research being a “team sport” but this doesn’t always work out in reality. It can be tricky for non-researchers to make time in their schedules on something not seen as their “day job”. This talk is about why taking part in user research is a vital task for developers, ways you can start talking to dev teams and managers about making space in sprints for research, and how analysis can create a better product. We will also look at how to do research without a researcher effectively and where even small amounts of research can yield important insights.

About the speaker

Chad Gowler is a user researcher and accessibility consultant working for a government department based in Sheffield. Before that, they have seven years of development experience in Python, Ruby and Javascript. In their spare time, they are in various user groups talking about gender, accessibility, mental health and gaming for social good, or chilling out on their Animal Crossing island.

Register to attend

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About NWRUG events

Our events are free and open to anyone with an interest in Ruby, regardless of experience level. There is no need to register, just show up on the day! We want to keep NWRUG as welcoming and inclusive as possible so we ask that all attendies follow our Code of conduct. If you have any questions, get in touch.