thomas geis
Senior Consultant Human-centred Design /Chairman
ProContext Consulting GmbH/UXQB
All levels

Target audience

      • Project managers and agile team members, who want to understand how to create a big picture of the project from the perspective off human-centred design
      • Business Analysts, who facilitate workshops with customer and supplier about project scope and project objectives
      • Quality managers who want to focus their organisation on human-centred quality
      • Requirements Engineers and UX Professionals who want to have a more strategic impact on projects

Required skill

3+ years of experience in IT projects

Duration 10:00 — 17:00
Lunch 13:00 till 14:00
Workshop: Specify fast — for going in the right direction even faster

In the “agile age” many projects believe, that specification is an unnecessary burdon and scetching solutions is the most effective approach to get started. However, in the beginning of every project, it is crucial to have a common understanding of the intended outcome among stakeholders. Otherwize, once alternative solutions are being sketched, discussions can become endless about which direction to take and all the sudden the need for drafting a specification arises.

Over long years, Thomas Geis has been practicing a (two to) three-day workshop approach to specify and structure the requirements in the very beginning of a project such that the specification is purely written from the perspective of its future users. This way, the specification itself becomes an appealing piece of information that enables creatives to start sketching and is being referred back to again and again in the project .

In the workshop you will apply the approach right away as if you were in a real project.

You will take away:

  • the how to structure real user tasks as a first step in the project
  • how to assign proper user requirements to each task
  • how to identify good questions for continuous user research
  • how to look good as a facilitator after three days with a “cool specification”


Thomas Geis has been a full-time usability professional since 1993. After 10 years of usability testing, he specialized in user requirements engineering and structural product design. Thomas is editor of several ISO standards for usability and user experience. He has co-authored the curriculum for the “Certified Professional for usability and user experience (CPUX) , foundation level as well as advanced level “User requirements engineering”.

Thomas’ roles and responsibilities include:

  • Chairman of the International Usability and User Experience Qualification Board (UXQB)
  • Managing Director of ProContext Consulting GmbH and
  • Head of the ISO Committee "Common Industry Format for Usability"
  • Editor of ISO 9241-110 "Principles for human-system interaction"
  • Co-editor of ISO 9241-112 "Principles for the presentation of information"
  • Editor of ISO 25060 "Common Industry Format (CIF) for usability - General Framework for usability-related information"
  • Editor of ISO 25065 "Common Industry Format (CIF) for usability – User requirements specification"
  • Holder of  the Usability Achievement Award of the German UPA (2013)