Agile methodology—more specifically Scrum—is an increasingly popular approach to increasing the speed of software development while maintaining flexibility. Scrum works well when an entire team is collocated. Real-time communication happens between team members during daily Scrum meetings. But assume part of a team is operating in a different role, from a different location. Sound challenging? In this article, I’ll try to answer some common questions about user experience and Scrum by exploring the challenges a Development team faced when working with a separate UX team on a Scrum project. I’ll also provide recommendations for UX teams that are part of a Scrum team.
While the information in this article reflects my experience working with my clients, confidentiality prevents my discussing specific situations, so I’ll instead present a scenario that is based on some challenging situations that I’ve actually encountered in my work. This scenario resembles real situations from a very successful project on which the UX team was not colocated with the rest of the Scrum team. I hope this article will be useful to both UX professionals and software developers working on Scrum projects. Read More
I work in a very strict agile environment where the small size of the UX group means we have to straddle product teams and be creative in allocating our time and effort. For User Experience, working within an agile environment is often fraught with challenges. When priorities align and a UX designer is fully embedded in a product team, agile can be that designer’s best friend—helping in prioritizing deliverables and organizing cross-functional efforts. However, when a UX designer must work across product teams and juggle multiple sprints and priorities, an agile development process can seem both chaotic and rigid at the same time.
My UX team has been developing and testing a model in which UX designers work across agile teams within our organization. So far, we are seeing some fairly positive results. In this article, I’ll share how we do it, so you can try out our approach or modify it to suit your needs. Read More
In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our experts discuss integrating UX design and user research into agile software development.
Every month in Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts answers readers’ questions about a broad range of user experience matters. To get answers to your own questions about UX strategy, design, user research, or any other topic of interest to UX professionals in an upcoming edition of Ask UXmatters, please send your question to us at: [email protected]. Read More