How one team melded UX with XP.
Our XP team have been developing a product in the spirit of start-up and are exploring how to get the best from UX expertise. The team developed personas and learnt how to use them to shape stories - even tagging cards with persona stickers and usability testing activities.
Our team is very technical and potentially there could be clashes when it comes to creative thinking so we’ve tried “design chavettes” with team collectively, deputising them into the UX team. We regularly go beyond pairing with multi-disciplinary tripling!
The whole team test and iterate on the product design as well as development. We embed our hand-drawn sketches directly into the product as placeholders for features, then implement basic versions adding polish as we go, reducing the distance barriers between users, stakeholders and developers.
Lean StartUp embraces a more scientific perspective to learn what works but often teams leap too fast to solutions without user perspectives in mind: the idea of XUX helps put brakes on without squelching ideas and innovation!