Making the case for UX at your job with whiteboarding

UX has many misconceptions about what it is. Ask a UX designer what it is and you're gonna get a Venn diagram that intersects with research, visual design, service design, architecture, business needs ... the list goes on. But most people at your work might think it's UI and ask you to "make it pretty." A cringe-worthy statement for certain and one where I have threatened to hide pandas in the design...
 

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It's important you tell your coworkers and clients your purview designer, but even better if you can show them. One of the best exercises you can do is a design sprint, but let's say that even that is too ambitious? Start with a whiteboarding session and create conversation. 

Here's my favorite instructional video on how to model a whiteboarding session in a design sprint. I used the same tactic on a project last week and it created dialogue and I was invited to more client meetings.