Meetup #31 - 10 UX Methods To Help You Build Great Applications


We all learned a lot about what's going in Milton, how students from the EBOTS VEX Team are winning world championships, and how User Experience / Design makes organizations work smarter, faster and better.   Thanks to everyone for making it a really great night. 


Every Meetup opens with annoucements and achievements. Meetup 31 was no exception:


Everyone strives to build the most simple & intuitive app. If after 5 seconds a user is confused by your app, they're not likely to come back. We have all used apps which are not intuitive or outright confusing to navigate. We have used apps which plague us with meaningless error messages.

Optimizing how users interact with the applications requires a solid understanding of cognitive ergonomics, human computer interaction and usability engineering. We're not going to get you there at this meetup, but we will provide you a better understanding of UX and usability testing, which you can then take to the next level within your product or company.

This month's panel presentation covered multiple aspects from different perspectives:

  • Overview of the lego pieces of usability and user experience while using a case study to demonstrate some aspects including measurements, methodologies and ISO standards
  • The purpose for UX, a usability walk-through and informal usability test.
  • Ongoing usability monitoring using analytics.

Keynote Slidedecks (3), in the order presented:



Rami Tabbah - Managing Director, Ergonaute Consulting. Rami is a usability expert with over 20 years experience.  He holds a Masters of Engineering in Cognitive Ergonomics with a focus on task analysis modeling methodologies. He lectured usability to graduate students at Polytechnique of Montreal, and offered many usability workshops. He worked for a number of large companies such as Fidelity Investments and Nortel Networks before he started Ergonaute Consulting in 2002. Since then he has been consulting mainly for banks, not for profits, government and crown agencies. His focus is to create efficient user interfaces that affect the business bottom line.

Jason Little 150x150 2012

Jason Little - Agile Coach. Jason is an Agile Coach, trainer and speaker who helps organizations adopt Agile software development practices.  Jason founded the Silicon Halton Agile Community ( and recently won the Lean Startup Toronto weekend competition.  Jason has spoken at numerous conferences across North America and will be delivering a half-day session at this year's Agile 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas.


Jordan Van Schyndel - Managing Partner, DevBBQ Inc. Jordan comes from a technical background and focuses on building quality software. He has architected, built, coordinated and audited software projects for several companies including startups, large enterprises and venture capitalists. His current focus includes providing software development services to customers needing large scale web and mobile applications while pursuing disruptive product ventures with his company.

Milton Economic Development Update

Meetup 31 was held at Milton Town Hall courtesy of Milton's Economic Development department.  The audience was also fortunate to receive an update from the Milton EconDev team:



  • Vishal Badiani of Events on Hand.  Watch his intro below.


Special VEX Robotics Demonstration!






See the EBOTS π-LONS competition robot and their unmistakable team uniforms in action, then chat with 4 of the 14 - 17 year old engineers-of-the-future who recently won multiple design, programming and teamwork awards at robotics competitions in Ontario, Detroit, Baltimore and Anaheim.


Congrats to these Local Teens who brought home multiple awards from this world competition. The team members are from 7 schools in 5 cities (including Oakville & Milton) and 3 of 11 team members are girls. The high school
competition at the world champs attracted 600 teams from 17 countries and 400 high school teams in 4 devisions.

Watch the video below to learn more about this cool competition and be sure to join us on May 8th!



Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: 10 UX Methods to help you build great applications
Keynotes:  Panel with panel q&a
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation: Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 @ 7pm
Location:  Milton Town Hall, Milton Room, 150 Mary Street, Milton | Google Map
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A (coming soon) Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you

Post-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can continue to participate in a post-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.


Who attended?

Registration for this meetup is through LinkedIn events.  Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. Click the link to see who attended.


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