Daniel G. Cabrero is a multidisciplinary social and computer scientist working as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at The Open University (OU).
His role revolves as part of the Agile Research Network, a collaborative venture between OU and the University of Central Lancashire, supported by the Agile Business Consortium, and where research on IT & Business Agile Transformation is at the core of their efforts (http://agileresearchnetwork.org / https://www.agilebusiness.org).
Working life for Daniel begun in his early youth as a carpenter at his family’s business in Spain (http://tgmcarpinteria.com). Here he developed an initial sense of responsibility, entrepreneurship, ‘making’, and a business acumen.
In 2003 he moved to London, where he got academically trained (i.e. BA(Hons) & MA) and pragmatically accomplished as a scriptwriter, director and producer of fictional and documentary films. Some of such productions can be found (and purchased) on http://www.danzafilms.com.
His career as a computer scientist began in 2011 by freelancing for an organisation in Miami, US –in the fields of marketing, communications & technology. This led him to return to the UK to train in web design first, and then as a computer scientist by gaining funding to carry out a PhD focused on personas within the disciplines of Human–Computer Interaction and Interaction Design.
Daniel’s PhD thesis is on “User-Created Personas” (UCP). These are personas developed within Human-Centred Design as a philosophy and enclosed in a Participatory Design (PD) framework. Ultimately, UCP enables the elicitation of Usability & User Experience (UX) requirements for the design of technologies (https://www.researchgate.net/project/User-Created-Personas).
During his PhD, Daniel was a visiting fellow researcher and a part-time Lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek, Namibia. It is in Namibia that he studied the way the persona artefact differs across ethnic groups in pastoral and urban settings, and where he found that the ‘universal’ convention of persona holds flaws, at least, when explored outside dominant settings (aka the West).
Right before joining OU, he was Vice-President Advanced UX at Human Factors International, India division. It is here he got pragmatically introduced to the Agile methodology, while working as a UX consultant for a large-scale financial institution in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Agile is what he is currently researching upon as part of his role at OU.
- BA(Hons) Media Studies & Video Production, Thames Valley University (current University of West London)
- MA in Scriptwriting, Goldsmiths’ College (University of London)
- PhD, University of West London
The Humanities applied to the representation of laypeople in technology design (aka User-Created Persona artefacts through a Human-Centred Design philosophical approach);
Agile transformation in IT & organisations;
Stakeholder empowerment via Participatory Design methods;
The intersection in between all the above.
Agile transformation in IT & organisations; Humanities applied to the representation of laypeople in technology design; Stakeholder empowerment via Participatory Design methods; User Experience.
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