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Chapter 6. Training > Conferences

Conferences

In addition to foundational knowledge and skills training classes, it's important to keep the usability staff current. New ideas and insights occur in this field all the time, and new methods and technologies are being developed continuously. If your company does not gather and disseminate these insights, you will not benefit from current best practices. There are three critical conferences in the field, and each provides insights that will be valuable to your projects. Each person on the core usability team should attend at least one conference a year. Each conference is a little different in terms of the types of people who attend, the types of sessions, and the size of the conference. Visit the Web sites to get an overview of what each conference is like.

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (www.hfes.org)

  • Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interfaces of the Association for Computing Machinery (SIGCHI) (www.acm.org/sigchi/)

  • The Usability Professionals Association (www.upassoc.org)


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