Introducing UX design in an agile environment

1 May 2007 - 2:05pm
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dmitryn
2004

Hi all,

I've recently started a new role as the first UX designer in a company
practicing an agile development process. I'm now working on an
internal presentation to introduce UX principles within an agile
context.

So far, I've found a number of resources that aim to explain agile
approaches to UX practitioners, but very little along the lines of
explaining UX principles and practices to agile developers. Does
anyone have any pointers they'd be willing to share?

Thanks,

Dmitry

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1 May 2007 - 3:23pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I know that Lockhart and Constantine (foruse.com) have a paper about
Agile and UX stuff and in fact Larry Constantine will be giving a
course on the topic of IxD and Agile environments at UI12 (I know a
ways off) this coming November.

Info for the specific workshop is here:
http://www.uie.com/events/uiconf/2007/program/#constantine

As an attendee and speaker I can tell you this is one of the best
weeks I have ever spent at a UX conference. The quality of the program
is like nothing you'll get at a professional association conference.
All good, no bad!

And!!! if you register now you get an iPod video AND a major discount
on the event.

Ok, I'll stop. Seriously, I'm not speaking or attending this year ...
I'm just a fan.

-- dave

On 5/1/07, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com <andrew_hinton at vanguard.com> wrote:
> The book "Rapid Contextual Design" goes to some pains to integrate
> contextual design practices (most of which we consider to be standard UX
> discovery, analysis and visioning methods) into Agile, and how to explain
> that to IT professionals. You may want to check that out. (It's a great
> book to have anyway.)
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Contextual-Design-How-User-Centered/dp/0123540518
>
> ---
> Andrew Hinton
> www.inkblurt.com
>
>
>
>
> Bruce Esrig <esrig-ia at esrig.com>
> Sent by: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> 05/01/2007 03:38 PM
>
> To
> "Dmitry Nekrasovski" <mail.dmitry at gmail.com>
> cc
> IxDA Discuss <discuss at ixda.org>
> Subject
> Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I recently completed a project in which the development team was changing
> over to an Agile approach. We divided the problem space up into domains,
> each addressed by a solution team.
>
> On this project, there were two roles to talk to: systems engineers and
> developers. The systems engineers seemed to think about a lot of the same
> issues that a user experience designer would, but from a systems point of
> view: what goes on each page ... to feed the needs of the system. The
> developers were very interested in getting enough specifics so they could
> go off and prototype.
>
> The role of the user experience person was to perpetually raise the level
> of discussion. What does the user need most today? What is the user's
> goal?
> What do we need to engineer into the user's world view to best reflect
> that
> goal? What approximation to that can we easily add to the user interface,
> in a way that will permit us to continue to migrate towards the ideal
> later?
>
> With that introduction, perhaps you would enjoy Leise Reichelt's slide
> deck
> from the IA Summit, which is available at
> http://www.slideshare.net/leisa/waterfall-bad-washing-machine-good-where-does-ia-fit-in-the-design-process/
>
>
> There are a few slides of background, and then you can see her main idea
> starting at slide 16. She shows a correspondence between some Agile
> approaches and some user experience techniques. The way I understand it,
> if
> the user experience person fits in well with the rapid-turnaround life
> cycle of an Agile methodology, the team will be happy to have the benefit
> of the guidance that personas and user stories can provide.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Bruce Esrig
>
> At 03:05 PM 5/1/2007, Dmitry Nekrasovski wrote:
>
> >I've recently started a new role as the first UX designer in a company
> >practicing an agile development process. I'm now working on an
> >internal presentation to introduce UX principles within an agile
> >context.
> >
> >So far, I've found a number of resources that aim to explain agile
> >approaches to UX practitioners, but very little along the lines of
> >explaining UX principles and practices to agile developers. Does
> >anyone have any pointers they'd be willing to share?
> >
> >Dmitry
>
>
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1 May 2007 - 5:47pm
dmitryn
2004

Bruce, Andrew, and Dave - thanks for your responses.

Bruce - I have looked at Leisa's deck, and it is great. But, to abuse
her "washing machine" analogy, I'm looking for more resources that can
help me tell my team the story of how the UX detergent can help them
get their laundry cleaner than ever before. :)

Andrew - I have to admit that I'm a bit skeptical that rapid
contextual design is actually applicable in my situation. RCD seems to
be focused on user research rather than design or validation, which is
unfortunately a luxury I can ill afford at present. Furthermore, the
authors' definition of bare bones RCD is "a two-person team with only
a few weeks to spare", which is how my team builds whole features. :)

Dave - was there a specific Constantine & Lockwood paper you had in mind?

Thanks again and more suggestions welcome!

Dmitry

On 5/1/07, David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know that Lockhart and Constantine (foruse.com) have a paper about
> Agile and UX stuff and in fact Larry Constantine will be giving a
> course on the topic of IxD and Agile environments at UI12 (I know a
> ways off) this coming November.
>
> Info for the specific workshop is here:
> http://www.uie.com/events/uiconf/2007/program/#constantine
>
> As an attendee and speaker I can tell you this is one of the best
> weeks I have ever spent at a UX conference. The quality of the program
> is like nothing you'll get at a professional association conference.
> All good, no bad!
>
> And!!! if you register now you get an iPod video AND a major discount
> on the event.
>
> Ok, I'll stop. Seriously, I'm not speaking or attending this year ...
> I'm just a fan.
>
> -- dave
>
>
>
> On 5/1/07, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com <andrew_hinton at vanguard.com> wrote:
> > The book "Rapid Contextual Design" goes to some pains to integrate
> > contextual design practices (most of which we consider to be standard UX
> > discovery, analysis and visioning methods) into Agile, and how to explain
> > that to IT professionals. You may want to check that out. (It's a great
> > book to have anyway.)
> >
> > http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Contextual-Design-How-User-Centered/dp/0123540518
> >
> > ---
> > Andrew Hinton
> > www.inkblurt.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Bruce Esrig <esrig-ia at esrig.com>
> > Sent by: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> > 05/01/2007 03:38 PM
> >
> > To
> > "Dmitry Nekrasovski" <mail.dmitry at gmail.com>
> > cc
> > IxDA Discuss <discuss at ixda.org>
> > Subject
> > Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I recently completed a project in which the development team was changing
> > over to an Agile approach. We divided the problem space up into domains,
> > each addressed by a solution team.
> >
> > On this project, there were two roles to talk to: systems engineers and
> > developers. The systems engineers seemed to think about a lot of the same
> > issues that a user experience designer would, but from a systems point of
> > view: what goes on each page ... to feed the needs of the system. The
> > developers were very interested in getting enough specifics so they could
> > go off and prototype.
> >
> > The role of the user experience person was to perpetually raise the level
> > of discussion. What does the user need most today? What is the user's
> > goal?
> > What do we need to engineer into the user's world view to best reflect
> > that
> > goal? What approximation to that can we easily add to the user interface,
> > in a way that will permit us to continue to migrate towards the ideal
> > later?
> >
> > With that introduction, perhaps you would enjoy Leise Reichelt's slide
> > deck
> > from the IA Summit, which is available at
> > http://www.slideshare.net/leisa/waterfall-bad-washing-machine-good-where-does-ia-fit-in-the-design-process/
> >
> >
> > There are a few slides of background, and then you can see her main idea
> > starting at slide 16. She shows a correspondence between some Agile
> > approaches and some user experience techniques. The way I understand it,
> > if
> > the user experience person fits in well with the rapid-turnaround life
> > cycle of an Agile methodology, the team will be happy to have the benefit
> > of the guidance that personas and user stories can provide.
> >
> > Best wishes,
> >
> > Bruce Esrig
> >
> > At 03:05 PM 5/1/2007, Dmitry Nekrasovski wrote:
> >
> > >I've recently started a new role as the first UX designer in a company
> > >practicing an agile development process. I'm now working on an
> > >internal presentation to introduce UX principles within an agile
> > >context.
> > >
> > >So far, I've found a number of resources that aim to explain agile
> > >approaches to UX practitioners, but very little along the lines of
> > >explaining UX principles and practices to agile developers. Does
> > >anyone have any pointers they'd be willing to share?
> > >
> > >Dmitry
> >
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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1 May 2007 - 6:07pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Here's one:
http://foruse.com/articles/agiledesign.htm

But there are also a few papers on Abstract Prototyping that I think
are relevant as well.

- -dave

On 5/1/07, Dmitry Nekrasovski <mail.dmitry at gmail.com> wrote:
> Bruce, Andrew, and Dave - thanks for your responses.
>
> Bruce - I have looked at Leisa's deck, and it is great. But, to abuse
> her "washing machine" analogy, I'm looking for more resources that can
> help me tell my team the story of how the UX detergent can help them
> get their laundry cleaner than ever before. :)
>
> Andrew - I have to admit that I'm a bit skeptical that rapid
> contextual design is actually applicable in my situation. RCD seems to
> be focused on user research rather than design or validation, which is
> unfortunately a luxury I can ill afford at present. Furthermore, the
> authors' definition of bare bones RCD is "a two-person team with only
> a few weeks to spare", which is how my team builds whole features. :)
>
> Dave - was there a specific Constantine & Lockwood paper you had in mind?
>
> Thanks again and more suggestions welcome!
>
> Dmitry
>
>
> On 5/1/07, David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I know that Lockhart and Constantine (foruse.com) have a paper about
> > Agile and UX stuff and in fact Larry Constantine will be giving a
> > course on the topic of IxD and Agile environments at UI12 (I know a
> > ways off) this coming November.
> >
> > Info for the specific workshop is here:
> > http://www.uie.com/events/uiconf/2007/program/#constantine
> >
> > As an attendee and speaker I can tell you this is one of the best
> > weeks I have ever spent at a UX conference. The quality of the program
> > is like nothing you'll get at a professional association conference.
> > All good, no bad!
> >
> > And!!! if you register now you get an iPod video AND a major discount
> > on the event.
> >
> > Ok, I'll stop. Seriously, I'm not speaking or attending this year ...
> > I'm just a fan.
> >
> > -- dave
> >
> >
> >
> > On 5/1/07, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com <andrew_hinton at vanguard.com> wrote:
> > > The book "Rapid Contextual Design" goes to some pains to integrate
> > > contextual design practices (most of which we consider to be standard UX
> > > discovery, analysis and visioning methods) into Agile, and how to explain
> > > that to IT professionals. You may want to check that out. (It's a great
> > > book to have anyway.)
> > >
> > > http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Contextual-Design-How-User-Centered/dp/0123540518
> > >
> > > ---
> > > Andrew Hinton
> > > www.inkblurt.com
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Bruce Esrig <esrig-ia at esrig.com>
> > > Sent by: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> > > 05/01/2007 03:38 PM
> > >
> > > To
> > > "Dmitry Nekrasovski" <mail.dmitry at gmail.com>
> > > cc
> > > IxDA Discuss <discuss at ixda.org>
> > > Subject
> > > Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I recently completed a project in which the development team was changing
> > > over to an Agile approach. We divided the problem space up into domains,
> > > each addressed by a solution team.
> > >
> > > On this project, there were two roles to talk to: systems engineers and
> > > developers. The systems engineers seemed to think about a lot of the same
> > > issues that a user experience designer would, but from a systems point of
> > > view: what goes on each page ... to feed the needs of the system. The
> > > developers were very interested in getting enough specifics so they could
> > > go off and prototype.
> > >
> > > The role of the user experience person was to perpetually raise the level
> > > of discussion. What does the user need most today? What is the user's
> > > goal?
> > > What do we need to engineer into the user's world view to best reflect
> > > that
> > > goal? What approximation to that can we easily add to the user interface,
> > > in a way that will permit us to continue to migrate towards the ideal
> > > later?
> > >
> > > With that introduction, perhaps you would enjoy Leise Reichelt's slide
> > > deck
> > > from the IA Summit, which is available at
> > > http://www.slideshare.net/leisa/waterfall-bad-washing-machine-good-where-does-ia-fit-in-the-design-process/
> > >
> > >
> > > There are a few slides of background, and then you can see her main idea
> > > starting at slide 16. She shows a correspondence between some Agile
> > > approaches and some user experience techniques. The way I understand it,
> > > if
> > > the user experience person fits in well with the rapid-turnaround life
> > > cycle of an Agile methodology, the team will be happy to have the benefit
> > > of the guidance that personas and user stories can provide.
> > >
> > > Best wishes,
> > >
> > > Bruce Esrig
> > >
> > > At 03:05 PM 5/1/2007, Dmitry Nekrasovski wrote:
> > >
> > > >I've recently started a new role as the first UX designer in a company
> > > >practicing an agile development process. I'm now working on an
> > > >internal presentation to introduce UX principles within an agile
> > > >context.
> > > >
> > > >So far, I've found a number of resources that aim to explain agile
> > > >approaches to UX practitioners, but very little along the lines of
> > > >explaining UX principles and practices to agile developers. Does
> > > >anyone have any pointers they'd be willing to share?
> > > >
> > > >Dmitry
> > >
> > >
> > > ________________________________________________________________
> > > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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> > >
> > >
> > >
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> >
> >
> > --
> > David Malouf
> > http://synapticburn.com/
> > http://ixda.org/
> > http://motorola.com/
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2 May 2007 - 10:30pm
Michael Kopcsak
2007

I took a look at the description for the seminar offered by Constantine. Frankly, the description seemed to not really address the core issues of integrating UX processes into the developer-centric Agile method. I'm less concerned with the "understanding of my users" (via the method) than I am in accomplishing a significant amount of change to in a release than Agile typically provides.

I see user research as being on a completely different track of Agile and is a long term proposition (speaking as an "innie" not a consultant).

I'd like to know more about how larger leaps forward (in improving UX) can be accomplished in a framework that is focused on bite size pieces and endless iterations.

Anyone have any resources out there that would help me better understand that dilemma?

mK

----- Original Message ----
From: David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com>
To: IxDA Discuss <discuss at ixda.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 4:07:49 PM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment

Here's one:
http://foruse.com/articles/agiledesign.htm

But there are also a few papers on Abstract Prototyping that I think
are relevant as well.

- -dave

On 5/1/07, Dmitry Nekrasovski <mail.dmitry at gmail.com> wrote:
> Bruce, Andrew, and Dave - thanks for your responses.
>
> Bruce - I have looked at Leisa's deck, and it is great. But, to abuse
> her "washing machine" analogy, I'm looking for more resources that can
> help me tell my team the story of how the UX detergent can help them
> get their laundry cleaner than ever before. :)
>
> Andrew - I have to admit that I'm a bit skeptical that rapid
> contextual design is actually applicable in my situation. RCD seems to
> be focused on user research rather than design or validation, which is
> unfortunately a luxury I can ill afford at present. Furthermore, the
> authors' definition of bare bones RCD is "a two-person team with only
> a few weeks to spare", which is how my team builds whole features. :)
>
> Dave - was there a specific Constantine & Lockwood paper you had in mind?
>
> Thanks again and more suggestions welcome!
>
> Dmitry
>
>
> On 5/1/07, David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I know that Lockhart and Constantine (foruse.com) have a paper about
> > Agile and UX stuff and in fact Larry Constantine will be giving a
> > course on the topic of IxD and Agile environments at UI12 (I know a
> > ways off) this coming November.
> >
> > Info for the specific workshop is here:
> > http://www.uie.com/events/uiconf/2007/program/#constantine
> >
> > As an attendee and speaker I can tell you this is one of the best
> > weeks I have ever spent at a UX conference. The quality of the program
> > is like nothing you'll get at a professional association conference.
> > All good, no bad!
> >
> > And!!! if you register now you get an iPod video AND a major discount
> > on the event.
> >
> > Ok, I'll stop. Seriously, I'm not speaking or attending this year ...
> > I'm just a fan.
> >
> > -- dave
> >
> >
> >
> > On 5/1/07, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com <andrew_hinton at vanguard.com> wrote:
> > > The book "Rapid Contextual Design" goes to some pains to integrate
> > > contextual design practices (most of which we consider to be standard UX
> > > discovery, analysis and visioning methods) into Agile, and how to explain
> > > that to IT professionals. You may want to check that out. (It's a great
> > > book to have anyway.)
> > >
> > > http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Contextual-Design-How-User-Centered/dp/0123540518
> > >
> > > ---
> > > Andrew Hinton
> > > www.inkblurt.com
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Bruce Esrig <esrig-ia at esrig.com>
> > > Sent by: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> > > 05/01/2007 03:38 PM
> > >
> > > To
> > > "Dmitry Nekrasovski" <mail.dmitry at gmail.com>
> > > cc
> > > IxDA Discuss <discuss at ixda.org>
> > > Subject
> > > Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I recently completed a project in which the development team was changing
> > > over to an Agile approach. We divided the problem space up into domains,
> > > each addressed by a solution team.
> > >
> > > On this project, there were two roles to talk to: systems engineers and
> > > developers. The systems engineers seemed to think about a lot of the same
> > > issues that a user experience designer would, but from a systems point of
> > > view: what goes on each page ... to feed the needs of the system. The
> > > developers were very interested in getting enough specifics so they could
> > > go off and prototype.
> > >
> > > The role of the user experience person was to perpetually raise the level
> > > of discussion. What does the user need most today? What is the user's
> > > goal?
> > > What do we need to engineer into the user's world view to best reflect
> > > that
> > > goal? What approximation to that can we easily add to the user interface,
> > > in a way that will permit us to continue to migrate towards the ideal
> > > later?
> > >
> > > With that introduction, perhaps you would enjoy Leise Reichelt's slide
> > > deck
> > > from the IA Summit, which is available at
> > > http://www.slideshare.net/leisa/waterfall-bad-washing-machine-good-where-does-ia-fit-in-the-design-process/
> > >
> > >
> > > There are a few slides of background, and then you can see her main idea
> > > starting at slide 16. She shows a correspondence between some Agile
> > > approaches and some user experience techniques. The way I understand it,
> > > if
> > > the user experience person fits in well with the rapid-turnaround life
> > > cycle of an Agile methodology, the team will be happy to have the benefit
> > > of the guidance that personas and user stories can provide.
> > >
> > > Best wishes,
> > >
> > > Bruce Esrig
> > >
> > > At 03:05 PM 5/1/2007, Dmitry Nekrasovski wrote:
> > >
> > > >I've recently started a new role as the first UX designer in a company
> > > >practicing an agile development process. I'm now working on an
> > > >internal presentation to introduce UX principles within an agile
> > > >context.
> > > >
> > > >So far, I've found a number of resources that aim to explain agile
> > > >approaches to UX practitioners, but very little along the lines of
> > > >explaining UX principles and practices to agile developers. Does
> > > >anyone have any pointers they'd be willing to share?
> > > >
> > > >Dmitry
> > >
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3 May 2007 - 8:55am
Josh Seiden
2003

There was some discussion of this here in the past. From the archives:

http://lists.interactiondesigners.com/pipermail/discuss-interactiondesigners.com/2007-February/014698.html

The team at Alias does a nice job of talking about their experiences
integrating the two processes. That their products rock lends extra
credibility.

JS

On 5/2/07, Michael Kopcsak <michael_kopcsak at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> I'd like to know more about how larger leaps forward (in improving UX) can
> be accomplished in a framework that is focused on bite size pieces and
> endless iterations.
>
> Anyone have any resources out there that would help me better understand
> that dilemma?
>

3 May 2007 - 10:10am
Desiree Sy
2005

> On 5/2/07, Michael Kopcsak <michael_kopcsak at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > I'd like to know more about how larger leaps forward (in improving UX) can
> > be accomplished in a framework that is focused on bite size pieces and
> > endless iterations.

Josh Seiden wrote:
>
> The team at Alias does a nice job of talking about their experiences
> integrating the two processes.

Josh gives me a great segue. :)

I've written an article that describes in somewhat more detail the adaptations
that our UX team at Alias (now Autodesk) made to usability investigations such
as rapid formative usability testing and contextual investigations (both in-lab
and in-field) to make them work with the 2- to 4-week timeboxes (and incremental
nature) of Agile.

It's titled "Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-centered Design"
and will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Usability Studies,
which is the online journal for UPA.

This article's intended audience is UX professionals (usability professionals
and interaction or UI designers) who need to conduct iterative usability
investigations and validations to guide UI design work in an Agile environment.

-Desirée
__________________________________________________
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Interaction Designer, User Experience Group
Autodesk Canada, Inc

3 May 2007 - 1:15pm
Michael Kopcsak
2007

HI Desiree & Josh,

Thank you both for your responses!

Desiree, will your article be available online?

Thanks again,
mK

----- Original Message ----
From: Desiree Sy <Desiree.Sy at autodesk.com>
To: discuss at ixda.org
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2007 8:10:49 AM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile environment

> On 5/2/07, Michael Kopcsak <michael_kopcsak at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > I'd like to know more about how larger leaps forward (in improving UX) can
> > be accomplished in a framework that is focused on bite size pieces and
> > endless iterations.

Josh Seiden wrote:
>
> The team at Alias does a nice job of talking about their experiences
> integrating the two processes.

Josh gives me a great segue. :)

I've written an article that describes in somewhat more detail the adaptations
that our UX team at Alias (now Autodesk) made to usability investigations such
as rapid formative usability testing and contextual investigations (both in-lab
and in-field) to make them work with the 2- to 4-week timeboxes (and incremental
nature) of Agile.

It's titled "Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-centered Design"
and will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Usability Studies,
which is the online journal for UPA.

This article's intended audience is UX professionals (usability professionals
and interaction or UI designers) who need to conduct iterative usability
investigations and validations to guide UI design work in an Agile environment.

-Desirée
__________________________________________________
Desirée Sy
Interaction Designer, User Experience Group
Autodesk Canada, Inc
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3 May 2007 - 5:10pm
Desiree Sy
2005

Yes, the JUS is published online:

http://upassoc.org/upa_publications/jus/

I believe the next issue will be out soon (in May).

-d

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Kopcsak [mailto:michael_kopcsak at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 2:16 PM
> To: Desiree Sy; discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile
> environment
>
> HI Desiree & Josh,
>
> Thank you both for your responses!
>
> Desiree, will your article be available online?
>
> Thanks again,
> mK
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Desiree Sy <Desiree.Sy at autodesk.com>
> To: discuss at ixda.org
> Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2007 8:10:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Introducing UX design in an agile
> environment
>
>
> > On 5/2/07, Michael Kopcsak <michael_kopcsak at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'd like to know more about how larger leaps forward (in
> improving UX) can
> > > be accomplished in a framework that is focused on bite
> size pieces and
> > > endless iterations.
>
> Josh Seiden wrote:
> >
> > The team at Alias does a nice job of talking about their experiences
> > integrating the two processes.
>
> Josh gives me a great segue. :)
>
> I've written an article that describes in somewhat more
> detail the adaptations
> that our UX team at Alias (now Autodesk) made to usability
> investigations such
> as rapid formative usability testing and contextual
> investigations (both in-lab
> and in-field) to make them work with the 2- to 4-week
> timeboxes (and incremental
> nature) of Agile.
>
> It's titled "Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile
> User-centered Design"
> and will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of
> Usability Studies,
> which is the online journal for UPA.
>
> This article's intended audience is UX professionals
> (usability professionals
> and interaction or UI designers) who need to conduct
> iterative usability
> investigations and validations to guide UI design work in an
> Agile environment.
>
> -Desirée
> __________________________________________________
> Desirée Sy
> Interaction Designer, User Experience Group
> Autodesk Canada, Inc
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7 May 2007 - 10:55am
Elyse
2007

Hi, Dmitry:

We've been researching this process at my firm, a hybrid UXD/App dev consultancy, and we're currently finishing up a paper on the subject, titled "Agile Development with a Compass: Integrating User Experience Design."

In it, we examine scenarios for four "entry points" for collaboration: at iteration 0/4; iteration 3/4; iteration 4/4; and before initial iteration. Please visit our website later this month to access the paper.

Elyse Sanchez
www.pathf.com

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