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UX Survival Guide for Agile Development

Welcome to Agile - you get put on a team as a designer and you feel like you’re just trying to keep your head above the water. How do you fit in? How do you keep pace with the team without feeling like you’re feeding an insatiable beast? How do you get your team to understand what you do?

In this talk, you’ll learn how to keep your sanity with some “from the trenches” tips & tricks like: using dual-track backlogs, setting up Kanban for Design, creating discovery and strategy tracks, finding the power in cross-functional pairing, using a Balanced Team approach, and honing collaboration and communication techniques that fold you into the team.

Whether you're a UXer or a team looking to help support your teammates, come learn how to keep UX working in harmony with Agile development so the entire team can deliver great product.

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UX Survival Guide for Agile Development

  1. 1. @ncapuana@ncapuana UX survival guide by Nicole Capuana
  2. 2. @ncapuana Once upon a time in a kingdom of robots....
  3. 3. @ncapuana Hello! ● Director of User Experience at LeanDog ● Founding member of HER Ideas in Motion, a non-profit teaching girls how to code, design games, & build robots ● Organizer of Cleveland Lean Startup Circle ● Over 15 years in UX covering the whole spectrum - HTML/CSS. interaction design, visual design, information architecture, user research, usability & content strategy
  4. 4. @ncapuana Saint Possum ● Agile maximizing value, maximizing feedback, and embracing change. ● Lean minimizing waste, validating or invalidating assumptions, learning and adapting to deliver value incrementally. ● UX everything your users experience
  5. 5. @ncapuana UX is part of the team ● Team member ● More than wireframes or mockups ● From beginning to end ● Stories, chores, and refactoring just like development If you don’t have UX on the team, you need to get them Lesson 1 ● Dedicated ideal ● 2 projects max
  6. 6. @ncapuana strategy & vision before development ● Allows exploration, experimentation ● View of the whole ● Supports business case & telling story ● Defines scope ● UX led, design spikes ● Good, Better, Best mentality Lesson 2
  7. 7. @ncapuana Make UX Work Visible ● Represent UX work in release plan & backlog ● Design spikes, chores, & cards ● Estimation is on par with Dev ● Put your work up on the wall ● Share your work with tools like InvisionApp and Zeplin Lesson 3
  8. 8. @ncapuana Pair on Everything ● Cross-functional powers ● Shared understanding ● Cross-pollination ● You do better work, faster ● Promotes a whole team mindset Lesson 4
  9. 9. @ncapuana Be a Balanced Team ● High collaboration ● Skills not roles ● Assess desirability, feasibility & usability together Lesson 5 ● Find better ways to work ● Make a happy team
  10. 10. @ncapuana Find Your Balance ● Let ego go ● Let it go ● Small, imperfect, but deliverable (varying levels of fidelity) ● Expand your skills (test, write stories) Lesson 6 ● May feel uncomfortable at first ● There’s always more to do
  11. 11. @ncapuana Test Early & Often ● Test the riskiest, the most valuable ● Build on the best practices so you don’t have to test everything ● Embrace Test-Driven Design ● Make data informed decisions ● 10x, 100x, 1000x Lesson 7 ● Get it in your user's’ hands ASAP ● Design incrementally in thin slices
  12. 12. @ncapuana There Will Be DeBt ● Issues will be found once you start implementing or building ● Connecting towards the whole can reveal spots that no longer work well Lesson 8 ● Help team prioritize the most valuable or severe first
  13. 13. @ncapuana Don’t Fall into TRaps● No UX ● Playing catch-up ● Working in silos or alone ● Mockup every screen in Photoshop ● No time for users ● Accepting status-quo ● Not embracing change ● Non designers designing ● “I just know what they want”
  14. 14. @ncapuana You Can Do It ● Don’t look back ● Make do with what you got and take a step to change
  15. 15. @ncapuana You asked - additional readings Books ● Don’t Make Me Think AND Rocket Surgery Made Easy, Steve Krug ● The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond, Jesse James Garrett ● Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions Bella Martin, Bruce M. Hanington ● Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designer's Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous Lindsay Ratcliffe, Marc McNeill ● Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden A fantastic and comprehensive list - The Only UX Reading List Design Studio Method ● Todd Zaki Warfel (video) ● Design Studio: A Method for Concepting, ● Critique & Iteration ● Speed Design Studio - ● Design Studio for context-aware products ● Introduction to Design Studio Methodology ● Design of Design Studio ● Design Studio and Agile UX Process and Pitfalls