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Summary: Jessica DuVerneay shares her experience at the SBUX IA Slam in 2012, where participants engaged in problem solving and improv.

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

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.

Participants of the SBUX IA Slam – Photo: Kejun Xu

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