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Considering this post is about the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) terms every product manager should know, let’s start off with a question and definition: What is UXD short for and how can it be defined? I’ll give you 20 seconds to answer …

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Answer: UXD (or UEX or XD) is short for user experience design and can be defined as the branch of design that creates easy-to-use and pleasant/pleasing/delightful (your pick) products that focus on your user’s needs.

I’m sure it goes without saying that UX is one of the most crucial elements to you, as a product manager, because it is one of the key components of the four pillars of product leadership (aha, some more terms for you to know: soft skills, business acumen, domain knowledge, and technical skills).

UX is essentially another trinket in your product management treasure chest, all of which help you to create and deliver the best possible product that solves the pain points of your users and reduces the frustration and doubt associated with many products, particularly SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.