Advice for Guerrilla User Research

over 3 years ago from , UX Designer

To give a very brief background, I'm completely new to UX. I've been working really hard to bring in a user centred design process at work. Recently, I was given some good news in that my organization has agreed to send me to one their conferences where there will be a significant amount of our users attending in order to carry our some User Research.

I've never done this before, so I'm excited, but really nervous. I'm a massive fan of the book User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley, and there is a excellent piece on Guerrilla User Research in it, but it's also quite a short piece.

Does anyone have any advice for a first-timer? The type of questions to ask? What I should take along with me (dictaphones, camera, sketchbook, etc)? Any books I should read beforehand?

The conference is in 5 weeks time. Is that enough time to prepare? I'm planning to arrange a Learning Plan and brainstorm and map out some questions with the project team. Is there any other preparation that I should be doing?

I really want this to go well, as there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm about introducing UX at my organization right now and I want to keep the momentum going.

Any advice greatly appreciated!