I know I haven't been updating much...I've been spending most of my job-blogging time over at MySpace. You can check there for info on job openings if I continue to neglect this space! (And friend us while you're there.)
DigitalGrit was named one of the Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America by SHRM in 2006. We've also been named among the top 5 Best Places to Work in New Jersey in 2005 and 2006. And we've made Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 for New Jersey for the last two years, too.
DigitalGrit Inc., a leading full-service interactive marketing company serving Fortune 500 clients, is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Product Development Director.
As the Director of Product Development your role will be to:
Analyze information to determine, recommend and plan installation of a new system
Modify existing software to correct errors in order to adapt it to new hardware or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance
Direct software programming and development of documentation.
Gather and evaluate functional requirements, review technology/application alternatives, develop architectural strategies to meet the functional requirements
Execute *proof of concept* tests to confirm strategies/designs, and design and code architectural components
Codes and tests application architecture and framework components
Recommends changes to improve system performance
Provides programming support for projects, as assigned
Perform technical evaluations, recommend programming standards and guidelines, optimize system performance, and assist team members with technical/system questions and research.
Document and analyze the current data and application architectures to identify weaknesses and opportunities for improvement
Development target architectures based on protocol standards to foster flexible, integrated application services, and ensure cost effective transition to new technologies
Ensure that appropriate quality assurance practices are followed on the project. Manage relationship and work effectively with all levels of management and teams
Reviews proposed system designs for technical feasibility
Leads a development team through the design and implementation of architectural components and/or architectural decisions
Masters in Computer Science
+6 months of experience
US Permanent Resident or US Citizen
We are a tightly-knit team that operates in a casual and exciting work environment. We offer the opportunity to work with clients from major multinational corporations. Our compensation package includes competitive pay, health coverage, Retirement Savings Plan, paid holidays, and paid vacation. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week we were a sponsor of the NJ Ad Club's Career Day which, granted, I should have posted last week. Sorry about that! :-(
We met a lot of great people that day, and we're looking forward to getting involved again next year. I sat on the marketing breakout session panel, and I learned a lot! (I also posted some tips from that session on our MySpace blog.)
We've just moved - and expanded - our NYC office. Now we need to get some bodies in there!
On September 27th we're having an Open House (ok, it's not really an open house because you have to send your resume and book a time slot in advance) at our brand-spankin'-new 33rd Street office space.
When I say we're a passionate bunch here, don't take it lightly. JAM, our "User Experience Queen" literally eats, drinks and breathes UXP. Here's her take on our new mascot:
There’s a Bat in My Belfry and Other User Experience Urban Legends
It’s all about the user experience. This is my mantra. Everything eventually goes back to the user experience, or so I say. Recently, some DG employees had a discussion about a Google error message, and I was made fun of for “replying to ALL” (a dangerous move at DG as you then open yourself up to both private and public ridicule from your fellow colleagues) to point out how the format of the error message was a great UXP practice. So, when the company-wide email went out about our new mascot, the DigiBAT, one of my wonderful colleagues challenged me to somehow relate that to User Experience. So here it is.
With the discovery of our bat came some urban legends (okay, okay- I am the one who propagated these falsities but it was late and I needed to amuse myself somehow) as well as some truths. Among the lies:
the bat will jump onto your head and get all tangled up in your hair;
he will turn into a vampire and drain you of every last drop of blood,
he is blind,
he has rabies
Some of the truths:
inhaling spores created by bat guano can cause Histoplasmosis -
you can get bat bugs which are closely related to bed bugs (which are just GROSS and recently highlighted in a video from NBC), etc.
he will eat bugs
How is DigiBAT related to User Experience? Like our poor little mascot, users are often mis-viewed and misunderstood. Too often, marketers buy into rumors or beliefs based upon outdated or a complete lack of actual evidence and research. For example: I walk into a client’s office and they tell me, “We know what our users and prospects want/are thinking.” Thrilled (yes, thrilled, I do get that excited about this stuff), I ask to see the data or source they got that information from only to be told, “Oh, we just know,” or “It was from a survey we did five years ago!” That’s when my poker face comes into play.
As much as you think you know about your users, as much as I think I know about your users … we don’t really know unless we’ve asked them. There are many cases where we’ve thought we knew how a certain group of users would think or act only to be completely surprised when we did some testing. In short, you don’t really ever know until you ask your actual audience.
Companies will say that they don’t have the time or budget to conduct testing, that it’s safe to move forward using some assumptions. I say, if you’re going to spend a lot of money building a web property or creating an online marketing campaign, it’s too costly not to. Getting the thoughts of your prospects/users can prevent you from making rather large and expensive mistakes AND show you what you’re doing right and where you can make improvements and optimize. Testing doesn’t always have to be in a formal lab environment with eye tracking and one-way mirrors, there are many other efficient and effective ways to capture the voice of your user. (You will, however, want to be sure that you are using a sound methodology and that it has been implemented correctly so as not to skew your results. In other words, don’t try this at home, kids. Be sure to consult a professional).
You may think you know your users, but you probably also once thought that bats fly into people’s hair or are blind or all have rabies (and if you still think that, shame on you! Plus, even if you knew those were lies about bats, it still doesn’t mean you know your users, it just means you know something about bats!). So don’t make assumptions – instead, gather some real data. The only real way to know what your users want or how they will behave is to ask.
Our tiniest team member seems to have found a home with our sales team in their space on Main Street. (We've since renamed the space "Guano." It was called "The Pit," which I suppose is equally fitting.) Our VP, New Business Development is on vacation this week, but I imagine DigiBAT will start his official training in early September.
I've asked DigitBAT to join the events committee. I mean, who better to help plan the Halloween party, right?
If you can see that little spot in the upper right corner of the door frame -- that's him.
(You have to admit -- he *is* kinda cute.)
Anyway, welcome to the team, little guy!
UPDATE: I neglected to give props to Nicole D for risking hair and blood to get such close-ups shots of our furry, typhoid-carrying little mascot. Sorry, Nicole!