“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
It is easy to say that a project “failed” if it didn’t go as smoothly as we thought it should have. We might learn from these unexpected bumps, but people often feel pressure to omit details about problems along the way when summarizing and presenting work.
Beyond that, it would be good to talk about projects in a more nuanced way than to simply say that they “succeeded” or “failed”. Projects can be useful for some users but not others, or they can meet some stakeholder goals but not others. These are all opportunities to learn.
For our Library UX Chicago end of year celebration, we commemorated a year of work with its successes and failures, but more importantly all of the opportunities we had to try new things and learn.
This event took place at at the Student Center at Columbia College Chicago
We also accepted proposals for presentations and discussion topics centered around (but not limited to):
We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities.