UPA MN June 2011 Meeting: UX Design for the Largest Agile Project You've Never Heard Of

  • 23 Jun 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thomson Reuters, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan, MN 55123-1340


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Speakers: Karla Ortloff and Steve Fischer
Thomson Reuters
610 Opperman Drive, Eagan MN 55123
Meet at the front desk. Meeting will be held in the Thomson Learning Center.
Light dinner will be provided.
Program Details
How do you successfully integrate a user experience team into an Agile work environment? Join Karla Ortloff and Steve Fischer as they discuss their experiences designing and developing WestlawNext – one of the largest, most ambitious Agile projects to date.
Over the past three years, Karla and Steve have navigated through the Agile process while leading the UX Design team for Thomson Reuters, Legal. Having experienced successes and setbacks, they will provide unique insight into how they and their teams adapted to this new development process.
Expect some honest dialog about what went well, what went wrong, and what we’ve learned.

Speaker Bios
Karla Ortloff
Karla Ortloff is the UX Design Manager for Thomson Reuters Legal, including the new WestlawNext - the world’s leading online legal research application. She has been active in the Twin Cities design community for over 16 years and is responsible for the user-interface design, front-end development and customer research of their online research tools, mobile site and iPad applications. 
After spending years working in corporations and owning a web design business, Karla has experienced many flavors of user-interface design across many industries.  The past 7 years have been focused on designing complex, data-heavy websites for BestBuy.com and Thomson Reuters. The challenges of using less than ideal legacy content to design attractive, modern websites have influenced her “un-design” philosophy – keeping the design simple and focusing on undoing the damage of poorly designed content. 
When she’s not designing, Karla enjoys traveling to new countries, trying new restaurants and feeding her addiction to online shopping.

Steve Fischer
Steve is a Director on the User Experience team at Thomson Reuters, Legal. He is responsible for the information architecture and interaction design of WestlawNext, the world's leading legal research application. In addition to his work with WestlawNext, Steve and his team guide the user experience for several other Thomson Reuters products.
Steve has significant experience designing and implementing the information architecture of large, sophisticated websites. He has successfully developed business cases and designed functionality for websites used by millions of users each day.
He has been with Thomson Reuters for over 6 years in various product design roles. He also worked as an Information Architect at Best Buy.
Steve enjoys collaborating and solving problems with his talented team of information architects and user experience specialists.
Steve studied Political Science at Saint John's University and earned J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law. In his free time, Steve enjoys running, baseball, and myrmecology.

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