Introducing UX design in an agile environment

1 May 2007 - 2:38pm
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Bruce Esrig
2006

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 - 2:53pm
andrew_hinton a...
2007

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>
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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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