Agile and Beyond Conference

Thanks to our partnership and support, MIUPA members have been offered a discount to attend the second Agile and Beyond Conference, to be held March 12, 2011 at the Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Agile and Beyond Conference

Mary Poppendieck, noted author on lean software development, is the morning keynote speaker and David Hussman, well-known Agile Coach, provides the closing keynote address.

The conference features breakout sessions, lunch and workshops featuring regional experts on a variety of relevant topics. In addition, Tom Kubit will facilitate Open Space meetings throughout the day for impromptu discussion. The conference wraps up with a panel discussion featuring Poppendieck and Hussman.

Check out the complete list of conference presenters andsessions. Register before January 31 for a significant discount. Use the discount code “MiUPA” when you register (note: the discount code is case-sensitive).

This looks to be a great event! It’s not often we have conferences of this type that are held locally.

User-Centered Design Seminar

October 19th – 20th, 2010

Ann Arbor, MI

Humantech is partnering with System Concepts to present this new course which will provide your organization with everything needed to put users at the heart of your design process. Whether your priority is human-computer interaction, industrial design, or the user experience you’ll learn how to understand your users better and design products which are effective, efficient, and satisfying to use. User-centered design techniques will help you complete projects to time and budget, getting the maximum return from your investment.

Humantech and System Concepts are extending a special offer to the members of the Usability Professionals Association and it’s friends to either:

  1. Save $200 off the registration fee by using the discount code DESIGN when registering online, or
  2. Register one get one free by contacting Humantech directly (contact krobertson at

IxDA Lansing Kick-Off Event September 16

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6 to 8pm

Okemos, MI

The MiUPA is proud to co-sponsor the inauguaral meeting of IxDA Lansing, which will be held at Techsmith headquarters in Okemos.

Details and registration information is available at the IxDA Lansing website.

The Lansing chapter of the Interaction Design Association is forming to build a community of creative thinkers and problem solvers from across Michigan to share ideas, education and inspiration around creating better experiences. Learn more about IxDA Lansing.

IDSA MI Chapter free conference—Transportation Design: Expanding the Frontiers

Friday, September 17, 2010, 8:00am to 4:30 pm

Michigan State University, Troy Campus, Troy, MI

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Michigan Chapter would like to extend this invitation to the MiUPA membership to attend this free all-day event (registration required):

Theme: “Transportation Design: Expanding the Frontiers”
More details and registration information is available at the conference micro site:

Registration is now open and is at no cost, (for this year), but is mandatory. Seating is limited to 300

Please register by sending an email to the conference chair, Jeevak Badve: Registration will be confirmed by receipt a confirmation number. Please register only if you can really make it for the whole day.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, General Motors, Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts
  • Major General Bradley M Lott, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), CEO True North Logistics
  • Dave Allendorph, Navistar, Chief Design Officer, Global Industrial Design
  • David A. Muyres, VP, Huntgreenllc, Newnorthcenter, OngoingTransportaion.
  • John Manoogian, Founder / President, Forzablitz Design
  • Stu Shuster, Industrial Design Department, the University of Cincinnati
  • Richard Wallace, Director, Transportation Systems Practice Area, Center for Automotive Research
  • Dana W. Clarke, President and CEO, Applied Innovation Alliance, LLC

University of Michigan Human Factors Short Course

July 26 to July 31, 2010 and August 2 to August 6, 2010

The University of Michigan will be offering our 51st year of our two-week short course on human factors. If you are interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability, this course will give you the opportunity to get some excellent training from experts in the field.

This two-week human factors course, concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human
factors topics important to designers and researchers.

Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications.

Details and registration for the Human Factors Engineering Training program are available online.