Re: User personas and their usage

30 Sep 2005 - 1:35pm
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Vishal Subraman...
2005

I agree more with Ravi than William. Most projects I work with have
separate Ixd'er and developer teams. We allow the developers to focus on
what they do best- coding/ db's etc and we Ixd'ers work with personas
etc and come up with UI specs for the developers to work with.

As long as the developers understand the need for Ixd'ers in the team, I
don't see the need to inundate the developers with the design process.
As an anology, the Ixd team normally does not interfere with the dev
team in issues like which algorithms to use etc.

We do exchange information on a regular basis and are always aware of
the big picture, but leave each team to do their job.

Vishal

> Ravi -
>
>
>>As per my understanding, Personas are mostly used by the User
>>experience people than the developers.
>
>
> Personas are arguably even more important for developers (than say user
> experience designers) as they help to encourage empathy. So instead of
> the "us" and "them" kind of thinking that has been going on in the
> software development world since the invention of computers, personas
> encourage developers to identify with and have a better understanding of
> users and their needs, goals and tasks.
>
> A good place to start is with Alan Cooper's About Face 2.0 (links below)
> but there is also a lot of free material readily available on the web.
> Just Google on "personas".
>
> About Face 2.0
> Amazon.com -
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0764526413/syntagmltd02
> Amazon.co.uk -
> http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/asin/0764526413/syntagmltd
>
> Regards,
>
> William Hudson
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