UPA 2005 — Montreal

In just over a week I get on a plane to Montreal for the Usability Professionals’ Association 2005 conference.

I arrive on Saturday the 25th, which is 2 days before the conference starts. If you are going, let me know via the comments. I am arriving early because there are some meetings that happen on the 26th that I want to attend. “Leadership” meetings. I just like to know what is going on even though I am not well known enough to be a leader. ;)

I’ll be taking one tutroial on Tuesday the 28th: Getting More from Task Analysis. Partly because I like doing task analysis, and partly because my boy, Steve Fadden is leading the session. What up, Steve!

I am still trying to figure out what presentations (PDF, 20k) I will go to. In the past I have studied the list well, mapped out everything, then completely thrown it all out the window once things get going. So I will just let it go this time and see how things progress.

I’ll be blogging the event. I have wireless this time, so if that option is available in the conference rooms, then I will be doing it as live as I can get it.

As usual, I am not looking forward to flying. This largely irrational fear has been growing steadily for the past 15 years. Oh well, it is much less time consuming than training or driving. Over the years I have also come to realize that I am a destination person, not a path-to-get-there person. I drove to SXSW in March. 1000 miles, up hill, both ways. Nope. Not again.

As I said, let me know if you are going to be there. And if you are not, and there is a particular prezo you want to know about, let me know. I’ll see if I can cover it.


  1. Matthew,

    I’d like to also add my kudos for Steve Fadden. He’s an engaging and entertaining speaker, but also really knows his stuff. Looks like an interesting full-day session; hoping that you’ll blog about any interesting revelations.

  2. Wow — thanks guys. I hope the tutorial lived up to the expectations. But if not, hopefully I can go back to try something new next time!

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