Speaking engagements

I always enjoy the opportunity to give presentations and workshops at conferences and organizations both locally, around the country, and abroad. Please send me an email if you are interested in hiring me for a speaking engagement. I thank you for the opportunity.

UX Book Clubs who purchase 10 books or more, will get 30 minutes of my time, remotely (through Skype), pending availability.

  Tomer Sharon

Here's what Jen McGinn, Principal Usability Engineer at Oracle, has to say about my workshop:

What I liked about Tomer’s workshop was that it reinforced many of the techniques I was already using, but also allowed me to hear other peoples’ stories of success and failure in a non-work environment. I felt like we learned as much from each other as from the structure and content of the workshop itself, as the format was highly interactive, gave everyone a chance to tell their stories, and to work on a case study with others, who had new and different perspectives. I’d definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who has hit a wall with their current stakeholders, or who is just looking to be more effective on their cross-functional team.

Upcoming

Google Startup Campus Tel Aviv

January 13, 2013

Lean, Mean UX

January 17, 2013

Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research

 

Lean UX NYC 2013

April 11-13

Customer research bootcamp (workshop)

High-quality, Impactful, Fast UX Research for Engineers

 

Bentley University Human Factors in Information Design master's

October 18, 2012

Guest speaker at HF 750 class

 

Suggested topics for talks

Achieving Failure: Alienating stakeholders from great user experience research

UX researchers love spending a lot of time working on research projects nobody needs. This talk features tried and tested techniques for alienating stakeholders of UX research in a way that ensures they refuse supporting it. The primary motto of the talk is that stakeholder alienation for UX research is attained by making any research activity yours, not theirs. Excluding stakeholders throughout the process of planning, execution, analysis, and reporting UX research dramatically increases the chances that they will ignore its results. The talk suggests 14 tips and tricks for fostering truly bad relationships with UX research stakeholders.

If life gives you limes, make mojitos: Dealing with difficult UX research stakeholders

To be able to sell UX research to people, one must first know them very well. Knowing people well means you know who they are and what makes them tick. Business, engineering, and UX practitioners all have different priorities and pres- sures. UX research is not always on top of their list. And that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be. To sell the value of UX research to people who have a lot on their plate requires one to focus on showing the benefits rather than talking about them. As someone who practices UX, you learn in time how to make the decision between fighting and fleeing. Most important, you learn to accept the fact that you can’t win every battle and that in many cases, there is not even a need for war.

This talk introduces the different stakeholders of UX research and their perspectives on UX research. It will give you tools for dealing with difficult people who do not understand or respect UX research processes and help you better sell the value of what you do. It will also bring up the interesting case of the Lean Startup movement. This movement has captured the hearts and minds of many engineers, entrepreneurs, and garage geeks with UX research. 

Winning that Elusive Buy-in for UX Research Projects

UX practitioners, researchers, and leaders need to engage people, teams, and organizations with research results to inform design, prioritize development, shape product roadmaps, and sometimes even initiate company-wide changes of focus. Many of them experience frustration and isolation because they are sometimes required to deal with difficult people who don’t understand or respect the UX process. Tomer will showcase seven stories and lessons he has learned from his many years of experience and how to overcome challenges of people and situations and highlight what works and what doesn’t.

 

Previously

QconSF, San Francisco, CA, November 7, 2012, High-quality, Impactful, Fast UX Research for Engineers

Triangle UPA, Raleigh, NC, October 17, 2012, Silver bullets for getting buy-in for UX research (workshop)

Asbury Agile 2012, Asbury Park, NJ, October 3, 2012, What UX research you can do with 5 users in 1 hour?

The Web and Beyond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 25-26, 2012, Silver bullets for getting buy-in for UX research workshop

Lean UX Denver 2012, Denver, CO, September 19-20, 2012, What I learned about UX research from Lean Startup gurus + Silver bullets workshop

BostonCHI, Waltham, MA, September 11, 2012, Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research

General Assembly, New York, NY, September 13, 2012, Lean UX Research Techniques

Netcraft workshop, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 13, 2012, UX research buy-in workshop

Big Design, Dallas, TX, June 1, 2012, Achieving failure

Boston UPA, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, May 12, 2012 (Silver bullets for getting buy-in for UX research workshop)

UPA DC Metro, Washington DC, May 2, 2012 (Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research projects)

UPA Connecticut, Hartford, CT, April 19, 2012 (If life gives you limes, make mojitos)

PhillyCHI, Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2012 (Alienating stakeholders from great UX research)

UPA NJ, Rutgers University at New Brunswick, NJ, March 21, 2012 (Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research)

UPA NYC, New York, NY, March 20, 2012 (If life gives you limes, make mojitos) pictures from the event

Agile UX NYC 2012, New York, NY, February 25, 2012, (Getting out of the (agile) building)


UX Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, February 17-18, 2012

UPA Austin [remote talk] February 7, 2012 (UX Research Maturity Model)

User Research Friday, November 18, 2011, School of Visual Arts, New York (Essential soft skills for a UX Researcher who wants to be heard)

 


LUXr, November 18, 2011, New York, NY (User experience research for startups)

Lean UX Machine, August 2-4, 2011, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Technion (Israel Institute of technology), July 24-28, 2011 (UX design and implementation, academic course for the CS department)

UPA 2011, June 22-24, 2011, Atlanta, GA (Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research + When the Stakes Are High: Getting stakeholder buy-in for UX research)

MX Conference, March 7, 2011, San Francisco, CA (Winning that elusive buy-in for UX research)