Agile & UX: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together


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Presented Friday Aug 23, 2013 at UX Week 2013.
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Agile development has become a standard practice at many companies. Developers love Agile’s emphasis on code quality and sustainable pace. Managers love frequent delivery of features with greater visibility into the process. Yet, important questions remain. What is the role of UX designers in an Agile project? How can we work at a sustainable pace? How can we help the team deliver in the near term without losing sight of the big picture? In this talk, Lane will share insights learned working with Agile teams and share practical tips and tricks to help you integrate UX design into your Agile projects.

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Agile & UX: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

  1. 1. Two great tastes that taste great together Agile & UX Lane Halley UX Week 2013
  2. 2. #uxweek @thinknow Agile journey
  3. 3. #uxweek @thinknow Agile momentum “Future plans to implement agile grew from 59% in 2011 -> 83% in 2012. Nearly half said their organization has 5+ agile teams (48%), compared to only 33% in 2011.” VersionOne State of Agile Dev Survey
  4. 4. #uxweek @thinknow Speed Visibility Course correction Agile expectations
  5. 5. #uxweek @thinknow Agile practices
  6. 6. #uxweek @thinknow sprints user stories backlog retrospective iteration zero scrum product owner pair programming standups Velocity
  7. 7. #uxweek @thinknow Agile values
  8. 8. #uxweek @thinknow Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan The Agile Manifesto (2001)
  9. 9. #uxweek A more humane way of working flickr/divya_#uxweek @thinknow
  10. 10. #uxweek flickr/divya_ A more humane way of working (for developers) #uxweek @thinknow
  11. 11. #uxweek photo credit user and business value collaborative, self-organizing teams test-driven development reflection and improvement The promise of Agile flickr/mardi grass 2011#uxweek @thinknow
  12. 12. #uxweek @thinknow
  13. 13. #uxweek @thinknow
  14. 14. #uxweek @thinknow Pressure to keep writing code flickr/kenbondy#uxweek @thinknow
  15. 15. #uxweek Features are not a product #uxweek @thinknow flickr/Sahrish~Creating Individuality
  16. 16. #uxweek Who determines “done?” #uxweek @thinknow flickr/wetwebwork
  17. 17. #uxweek @thinknow Build the thing right
  18. 18. #uxweek @thinknow Build the thing right Build the right thing
  19. 19. #uxweek @thinknow Lean Startup Lean UX UX Strategy Product owner team Balanced Team Customer Development Design thinking
  20. 20. #uxweek @thinknow I’m on an Agile project... what can I do now?
  21. 21. #uxweek @thinknow Agile mindset
  22. 22. #uxweek @thinknow “Everything you do now, but less of it and continually.” - William Pietri
  23. 23. #uxweek @thinknow Quick, visual, collaborative & continuous
  24. 24. #uxweek @thinknow Be part of the team - standup - iteration planning - dev/design user stories
  25. 25. #uxweek @thinknow “Every product decision you make is a design decision.” - Josh Seiden
  26. 26. #uxweek @thinknow Create conversation - visual radiators - wireframe walkthrough - educate and empower
  27. 27. #uxweek @thinknow Lead with conversation, trail with documentation.
  28. 28. #uxweek @thinknow Run experiments - who is this for and when will they use it? - how will we measure success? - think, make, check
  29. 29. #uxweek @thinknow Instead of how do we know if it's done? ask how do we know if it's good?
  30. 30. #uxweek @thinknow Reduce waste - sketch & conversation - prototype as spec - kit of parts/style guides
  31. 31. #uxweek @thinknow “There’s no high or low fidelity, just correct fidelity.” - Andy Budd
  32. 32. #uxweek @thinknow Find your cadence - pair with product owner, developers - design refactor - continual customer engagement
  33. 33. #uxweek @thinknow Talking to users should not be a special occasion.
  34. 34. #uxweek @thinknow Expand your toolbox - code something - attend a tech meetup / hackathon - teach what you know
  35. 35. #uxweek @thinknow “The outcome of design is ideas. The outcome of writing code is software.” - Josh Seiden
  36. 36. #uxweek @thinknow Tips for agile/UX happiness Be part of the team Create conversation Run experiments Reduce waste Find your cadence Expand your toolbox
  37. 37. #uxweek @thinknow There is no silver bulletThere is no silver bullet #uxweek @thinknow flickr/bobjagendorf
  38. 38. #uxweek @thinknow There is no “right” collaboration
  39. 39. #uxweek @thinknow There is no “right” deliverable
  40. 40. #uxweek @thinknow There is no “right” skillset flickr/jdhancockflickr/xtoq #uxweek @thinknow
  41. 41. #uxweek @thinknow “Make products with people, for people.” - Johanna Kollmann
  42. 42. #uxweek @thinknow
  43. 43. #uxweek @thinknow
  44. 44. #uxweek @thinknow Thank you! @andersramsay @andybudd @atomicobject @carbonfive @desireesy @giffco @jboogie @jeffpatton @jonathanpberger @jseiden @johannakoll @luxrco ...and all the members of @balancedteam