10 Feb 2008 - 1:08am
8 years ago
65 replies
Charlie Kreitzberg

Thoughts on Alan Cooper's Keynote

When Alan Cooper delivered the opening keynote at Interactions08 this
morning, I was once again struck by how sensible his view is. As I
understood his core argument, it was:

1. We know that the best interactive products are not the first to
market but the ones that have the best quality design.

2. Business managers often fail to understand this because they do not
know how to manage "creatives" among whom he numbers both interaction
designers and programmers.

3. The typical business approach is to develop requirements and then
build the product.

12 Nov 2007 - 4:26pm
8 years ago
22 replies
Grady Kelly

What comes first, the Design or the Technology ...

What are the opinions here about what comes first, the Design or the

I am currently designing a web application from an existing windows
application. No decision had been made at the time as far as the technology
to be used, only that it would be a web application. So I designed like I
normally do, I composite/mock up designs in Fireworks, and then build the
high fidelity prototypes with xhtml/css/javascript. We have been showing
our prototypes to users and have received a lot of great feedback and

Development has now decided to use Adobe Flex for the front end.

20 Aug 2007 - 2:37pm
9 years ago
9 replies

what about user stories

met with some agile programmers and learned about 'user stories'.
wanted to know what everyone around here thinks about them...

warm regards
navin pangti

13 Jun 2007 - 9:15am
Desiree Sy

"Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile UCD" published

Several people were asking about resources/case studies/help
to do agile user-centred design. The Journal of Usability
Studies has just published an article I wrote that describes
in detail the adaptations to usability investigations (such
as rapid formative usability testing and contextual inquiry)
that the Autodesk (was Alias) UX team made in order to
support UCD:

I hope there is some helpful material in it.

12 Feb 2007 - 6:08pm
9 years ago
38 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

IxD in agile environments

Anyone doing IxD work in an agile programming environment? If so, what are
you doing to make it work with agile processes? Is it succeeding? What are
the problems you've had?

I know there's been some talk about this before on this list, and it seems a
lot of people are having serious trouble finding ways to adapt and work with
agile methods, but I've formed some ideas about this on my own, because I've
been working like this for a long time and have found ways to make it work
for me, and am wondering what other people have come up with.



21 Jun 2006 - 1:42pm
10 years ago
12 replies
Mimi Knowles

UCD and Agile Programming - models of involvement

I have reviewed the previous postings regarding how Usability fits in with
Agile Programming and I have a slightly different question.

I am an Interaction Designer and have worked with Agile Programming teams in
two different ways. I was hoping people could comment on the methods and
provide any insight on preferred methods, etc.

1. On one project, the usability team would always be an iteration
ahead of the development team, creating storyboards and fleshing out
interaction details to hand off to the development team when they were

9 Feb 2006 - 12:08pm
10 years ago
3 replies

Mixing methodologies - Contextual Design/UCD with XP/Agile - experiences and/or best practices

Does anyone have experiences mixing design/development methodologies
UCD/Contextual Design with an Agile/XP process?

The company I'm working with is implanting an XP link methodology Scrum,
which is very focused on optimizing internally requirements gathering,
design and engineering deliverables, but lacks a formalized collaborative
involvement with the end user.

Contextual/UCD on the other hand lacks detailed best practices in rapid
iterative development from an engineering perspective.

Does anyone have any experience marrying the best of both methodologies, or
does one encompass the

25 Jun 2005 - 2:22pm
11 years ago
2 replies
Tom V

Agile process and interaction design

My company (we build social networking websites) has hired consultants to
migrate us to an agile development process. Our IA group (we are actually an
interaction design group that has been mis-titled) has spent the past six
months developing standards, patterns, and detailed documentation of our
products. I do admit that our modified waterfall process takes way too long,
however, we are scratching our heads about where we will fit into the new
agile process. The training has yet to begin, so our only information has
been from office rumors and the web.

24 Mar 2004 - 11:45am
12 years ago
27 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

Agile User-Centered Design

Using [ID Discuss] Cooper Vs. Beck, as a springboard...

I'm in a development environment where an agile methodology is
being practiced. There is considerable interest in the
methodology; both in terms of how it differs from what was done
in the past, and can it be successful moving forward. The
company has relied in the past on outside agencies to provide a
user-centered design methodology.

The current project is kind of a blend of the two, agile and
ucd. However, the outside agency, the ucd practitioners are no
longer on the project and we've really just begun the pilot

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