The 5 Whys Method

The “5 Whys” approach is one of my favorite research methods to get to the root cause of any issue and solve it. The approach is pretty simple. Just keep asking “why?” until you figure things out, right? Well, simple isn’t always easy. How To Use The 5 Whys To Figure Out The “Real” Why […]

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Finding Time To Stay Current

When you’re heads down working on an ongoing project (or series of projects), weeks and months can slip by in a flash. Sometimes even years with bigger projects. And since technology changes rapidly every three to six months it can seem like an eternity in internet time. So how can you stay current when you […]

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10 Years of UX Blogging Celebration

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of maryshaw.net! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging about UX for 10 years. A lot has happened during this time. Over the last decade the industry has matured as more and more people enter the UX field. To celebrate, here’s a list of my 10 most popular blog posts […]

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Project Management for UX Designers

UX Project Management – ew, or yay? Which camp are you in? For some people, the mere thought of keeping a budget and schedule makes their skin crawl. For others it’s a Godsend. As a UX/UI designer, you’re probably working with a PM right now. If not, perhaps you wish you were. Either way, it’s […]

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Heck Yeah! …or no

On May 31st I decided to stop doing large corporate UX projects for good. While I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned and the income I’ve earned from them, it’s time to move on. I want to focus on other projects and do lots more UX career coaching.  I’ll continue to blog about UX/UI design as well, […]

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Workplace Ghosting

Woody Allen once said, “80% of life is just showing up.” That means that if you just show up you’ll probably succeed. Which is why workplace ghosting is such a waste. According to Wikipedia, Ghosting is breaking off a relationship by ceasing all communication and contact with the former partner without any apparent warning or justification, […]

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