At UX Week 2012, Adaptive Path co-founder Peter Merholz presented a, well, provocative talk called "User Experience Is Strategy, Not Design". Peter's talk built upon some of my ideas from previous talks and drew on his own observations to assert that framing UX work as design is a misleading disservice to the work itself. Peter has summarized his talk in a blog post on his site.
Shortly after the conference, Peter joined me and veteran interaction designer Jonathan Korman for a roundtable discussion. (No, seriously, the table was actually round!) We talked about the issues raised by Peter's talk, where UX practices do and should reside in organizations, how our history with the field frames our view of it, and how newer practitioners can make sense of the ever-shifting UX landscape.
Here's audio of our hour-long conversation. Thanks Peter and Jonathan!