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Process: Agile Development

UXmatters has published 8 articles on the topic Agile Development.

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  1. Adapting Scrum to a UX Model

    July 7, 2014

    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

  2. Agile Development Is No Excuse for Shoddy UX Research

    November 21, 2016

    Agile development and UX design are like a couple in an arranged marriage—a relationship between two strangers who are expected to coexist, develop trust and respect, and eventually, love each other. Throw UX research into the mix and you have the makings of an even more awkward alliance, as you can see in this typical conversation between a UX designer and a product owner, somewhere in the middle of Sprint 0:

    Product owner: “Hey Jen, when can we see some wireframes?”

    UX designer: “Well, we’re wrapping up our user interviews and putting together some personas—basically trying to get more clarity around our target users. We’ve already started on some sketches, but I expect we’ll need to make some tweaks based on what we learn.”

    Product owner: “That’s all very good. But we can’t afford the luxury of spending too much time on research. Sprint 0 ends next week. We can’t keep the developers waiting! Let’s speed things up. I’d really appreciate if you could get those wireframes going quickly?” Read More

  3. User Experience and Agile

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    A column by Janet M. Six
    August 28, 2017

    In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our expert panel contemplates the current state of User Experience in relation to agile development. The panel discusses the importance of unifying product teams, as well as of working ahead of development on a project’s UX research and design. We also look at how to do UX design within the time constraints of a typical sprint.

    Finally, it is important to consider why particular companies are employing an agile development process. Are they doing it simply because everyone else is? Are they taking an agile approach primarily to save time and money? Do they believe agile techniques will lead to superior products? We’ll explore each of these cases and consider the impacts on UX design. Read More

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