2013 Main Conference Talk
Topic(s): information architecture and product management
Thirteen years ago Gayle Curtis likened a “Big Information Architect” to “an orchestra conductor or film director, conceiving a vision and moving the team forward.” In the meantime, different-sized IAs gave way to UX designers, but in some shops there is another central role: product manager.
What you may be surprised to learn is that a substantial part of a product manager’s job is…information architecture. Describing a landscape, ecosystem, or roadmap and communicating a set of goals and priorities requires the exact meaning-mapping skills that IA is all about.
This panel features three people trained in IA and UX who are now filling a product role, to discover whether this parallel between “big” IA and product holds in other contexts, to discuss potential career paths, and to take questions from an audience that might be intrigued by the relationship.
About the speaker(s)
Christian Crumlish leads product and design teams. He is head of product at 7 Cups of Tea. He is also an advisor to Mainstreets, Inc. (makers of favr), a mentor at Code for America, and he co-chairs the monthly BayCHI program. He was director of product at CloudOn, director of messaging products for AOL, curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and a director of the Information Architecture Institute.
Donna Lichaw is a sought-after leadership coach, speaker, author, and semi-rabid tin robot collector. Donna empowers innovators to unleash their inner superhero and fortify their career and business aspirations—she collaborates with leaders to pin down personal and professional goals, hatch a plan for how to get there, and chorale them to stay on course. Donna works with changemakers at storied tech companies like Google and Apple, innovators at impactful nonprofits including WNYC and the Central Park Conservancy, and emerging leaders in tech and beyond (especially women and members of the LGBTQ community). When she’s back on terra firma in her schoolhouse-turned-superhero-den Brooklyn apartment, Donna tends to her wacky sock collection, her superhero-in-training son, Max, and her muppet-dog, Ralph.
Bryce Glass is interested in the field of mobility services, and currently works as Product Manager at the incubation studio of CoverMyMeds. Previously, he was PM at Aver, UX Lead at Appirio, and PM at Manta. In 2010, he coauthored an O’Reilly book, Designing Web Reputation Systems.