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Teach Your Software Developers This Ideation Design Process

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A method we worked out to involve software developers in the design process. These slides supported a speech. Not all the delivered content is in the slides.

A method we worked out to involve software developers in the design process. These slides supported a speech. Not all the delivered content is in the slides.

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    • 1. Teach your software developers this Ideation-Design process to reduce your usability work downstream Do you ever feel your usability work involves _ a mop and bucket?
    • 2. 6 slides in 30 minutes , so please refer to the handouts on the Proceedings CD +
    • 3.  
    • 4. With no designers on my Dev teams, I decided to help our software developers to do better
      • I borrowed from Bill Buxton, GK VanPatter, and Edward De Bono
      • I had help from my dedicated colleagues and boss (Director of Product Management)
      preferences
    • 5. With help, everyone can work outside their comfort zone for a while Ideation Judgement Experience Thinking
    • 6. Sketching helps people to ideate, so they can saturate the design space with ideas
      • Tell me: what do YOU think makes a good sketch?
    • 7. Each person does 5 + sketches , or you may as well go home
      • Ideas: cheap, disposable, easy
      • Saturate the design space
        • Resketch: borrow + borrow
      • When someone has fewer than 5 sketches
        • What Bill Buxton does
        • Be assertive: ask for 5
    • 8. Sketching occurs in a process that iteratively but separately uses the team’s creative & analytical strength
      • Tell me: which hat is what?
    • 9. Problems and solutions
      • Take time for white hat, work, before everything
      • Set four 4-hr meetings
        • Add’l members add ½ hr
      • Sketching
        • 5 in advance: mandatory
        • 5 in advance: done alone
        • The sticking point
        • Facilitator mustn’t sketch
        • Guidelines in the handout
      • Limit black-hat remarks
      • Stalemate? Rate the: cost, confidence in the estimate, code stability, code maintainability, easy to learn, easy to explain, hard to forget
      • Got standards? Use those instead
      • To teach this, use mixed modes, ½ day
    • 10. Your questions