In my User Interface position, we are facing the challenge of transitioning design emphasis from functional(level of effort, technical capability) to User Experience.
So far it is a slow transition. We see decisions made consistently on questions of "How long will it take", or "Can we do that technically", with little to no consideration for "How does this affect the user". This then results in consistent underwhelming user experiences as a default standard.
So my question is initially, Is a UX Champion a correct diagnosis for espousing a corporate-wide design focus change?
If no, what are other considerations?
If yes, and you have experience with these type of professionals - what traits or behaviors do they exude that help them successfully highlight the importance of UX?
In short, what does it take to be a successful UX Champion?
I have yet to work with such a person, but if you have, please describe the role.