User Experience is now a Buzzword in Good Currency. Everybody's doin' it. And it's mandatory.
Social networking is the goal and FaceBook is the model.
Content Management is now leveraged as "Business Intelligence".
Traditionally, the project team was driven by program code generation - but recently programming skill has become a commodity item. After a decade of off-shoring and outsourcing, companies now look to as the point of integration for Business, Marketing and Technology.
The focus of effort is now defined under the UxP Umbrella.
My recent projects have all involved significant Telecommuting (i.e. self-management), as well as orchestrating the "virtual team".
That's How It All Fits Together.
Ever-smaller, more powerful appliances means that design functionality & features are component-ized for modularity. We're app-happy.
On the team process front: Accelerated SDLC makes for a more intense, fluidly "agile" design environment.
Seamless meaningful, personal experience assumes a robust Information Infrastructure.
We're moving towards a highly customizable information architecture: The Semantic Web.
We expect our interactive tools to echo our level of awareness and assumptions.
Now it's all personal.
For example: The customizable presentation level of this website (StyleSwitcher) is a very shallow "microformat" implementation of the semantic technique.
It's time to Establish the User Experience Practice.