On Thursday June 26, a team co-conspirators (TUG’s Jessica DuVerneay and fellow Los Angeles information architects Lynn Boyden, Chris Chandler, & Lara Fedoroff), brought the chaotic and engaging IA Slam to Santa Barbara’s UX Meetup Group.
After an entertaining improv introduction, five teams were asked to use their IA-problem-solving skills to create solutions to stop a hypothetical data virus eradicating all digital “truth”, organize their thoughts into a well created single page, and practice their presentation skills to convince the group that their solution was the most effective approach. Bonus points were given for divergent and just-plain-weird thinking. The top solutions received prizes provided by Lynda.com.
Combining game storming and improv approaches to information problems in a collaborative approach was well received by participants:
- “Great exercise – surprised at how much you can get done in such a short time when working with creative minds.” -P. Houtz
- “Wonderful evening of thought provoking role playing.” -C. Smith
The IA Slam is best known as a highlight of the annual IA Summit—be on the look out for a new problem to solve in 2013.