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Process: Agile UX

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  1. Agile UX

    September 7, 2015

    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

  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. How to Combine User-Centered Design and Agile Development

    December 7, 2015

    Agile development has recently captured the imagination of many software development teams—and with good reason: its focus on producing working software quickly is well suited to today’s fast-paced markets. But how do you go about combining agile with user-centered design (UCD) so you can enjoy the benefits of both approaches? On the face of it, they should work well together because both philosophies are iterative, incorporating testing with users and refinement. But in practice, they often conflict with one another.

    An agile approach such as Scrum tries to minimize up-front planning in favor of producing working code quickly. Plus, agile generally prefers in-situ workshops for gathering requirements, while UCD largely favors up-front user research. Agile also uses working software as its primary measure of progress, while UCD focuses on whether users can easily achieve their goals—with or without software. To add to these discrepancies, because agile is typically led by developers, while UX professionals usually drive UCD, the differences between these two approaches can result in political conflicts in many companies. Read More

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