Wherefore design [WAS Prioritizing design insuccessful, legacy applications]

29 Aug 2007 - 1:11pm
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jayeffvee
2007

Dave wrote:

"I find that whenever "agile" comes up it means that an organization
hasn't really put design into their DNA. When I say design, I mean it
in the "design thinking" ways that are as much strategic as they are
tactical. While design "research" is always an option, most seemed
to have agreed on this list that it is a necessity towards making
better and differentiated products. "

Interesting. That accords with my (albeit limited) experience with
Agile...somewhat... Wanna say more about Agile being attractive to
organizations without design in their DNA...? Got any examples?

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29 Aug 2007 - 1:19pm
bminihan
2007

Anecdotally, I'll say that Agile is being tested here (one of the top 5 pharma companies) to solve quality and requirements interpretation issues with offshore development. We do not have a design staff (either centrally or within business units) to fully integrate professional design, so folks are turning to Agile as a way for BAs and PMs to get more control over the quasi-design going on against pure business requirements.

So yes, you could say we don't have design in our DNA (just a handful of us chickens), and some people think agile will solve the problem - it won't, as without designers, we'll likely yield more business-fitting apps that still don't meet user needs.

- Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

---- "Vermette wrote:
>
> Dave wrote:
>
> "I find that whenever "agile" comes up it means that an organization
> hasn't really put design into their DNA. When I say design, I mean it
> in the "design thinking" ways that are as much strategic as they are
> tactical. While design "research" is always an option, most seemed
> to have agreed on this list that it is a necessity towards making
> better and differentiated products. "
>
> Interesting. That accords with my (albeit limited) experience with
> Agile...somewhat... Wanna say more about Agile being attractive to
> organizations without design in their DNA...? Got any examples?
>
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