The Impact of Stakeholders2:21 with Devin O'Bryan
Testimonials will go a long way to show off your relationship with past clients and employers, thus feeding into your narrative. We’ll define a few ways you can use this to your advantage.
When I was little, I would get so excited to try breakfast cereals that were 0:00 indorsed by my favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters. 0:04 Now that I've grown, I found that not too much has changed, 0:08 I still love a good testimonial. 0:13 A testimonial is a formal statement testifying to someone's character and 0:16 qualifications. 0:21 That added credibility goes a long way when you've got past clients' or 0:24 teammates' quotes in your portfolio. 0:29 Because it goes beyond your own opinion of your work, and 0:32 it shows that you're in good standing after the project was completed. 0:35 Let's take a peek at Becca Urry's portfolio. 0:40 Becca was one of my interns a few summers ago, and she's currently a terrifically 0:43 talented visual and UX designer at the IBM San Francisco design studio. 0:48 Digging into her site, we see her MetaOcean project. 0:54 Where her team worked directly with MDAnderson Cancer Researchers. 0:58 Becca not only includes her process, complete with personas, and user quotes. 1:02 But she also gives us testimonials from her stakeholders. 1:08 A stakeholder is a person with an interest or 1:12 concern in something, especially a business. 1:15 Notice the variety in the quotes. 1:19 There is quite a bit of personality and specificity to the project too. 1:21 One thing that would improve these testimonials would be to 1:25 ask those project stakeholders to provide metrics, for further feedback, 1:29 once the project has been launched. 1:33 These particular stakeholders had to stay anonymous 1:35 due to the nature of the project. 1:39 So if your project allows for either their names or 1:40 their specific roles, then you should definitely call that out. 1:43 Getting these quotes can be fairly straightforward, if you ask for them. 1:48 But it's worth noting that timing could be everything. 1:52 Asking as soon as you present the project 1:56 will usually give you the most in-depth feedback. 1:59 While asking a few weeks after the launch will give you a more realistic picture 2:02 of how your stakeholders are using your project. 2:07 Now that we've discussed the importance of others' opinion of your efforts. 2:11 Lets move to the next video, where you get to do a little bragging for yourself. 2:16 See you there. 2:20
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