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UX Maturity Models and Agile Development ... User Experience (UX) Magazine 9.1

(Bloomingdale, IL, USA: January 2010) – Among the challenges faced by usability professionals is the rapid pace of product development in the high tech enterprise. Developers today move through ever shorter release cycles, and management doggedly insists on proof that every player in the cycle adds value to the end result. This issue of User Experience(UX) Magazine, the trade magazine of the Usability Professionals’ Association, explores how a user experience worker can succeed in the midst of these challenges.

This special issue of UX focuses on user-experience strategies, tactics and models, and their relation to rapid software development, including:

  • Best practices for agile development, based on the collaborative experiences of colleagues at the 2009 UPA conference.
  • Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation, a RITE case history demonstrates success in early prototyping, frequent feedback and an evolving design.
  • A corporate maturity model revealing the secrets of how to develop good user experiences for products coming from large organizations.
  • Overview of usability maturity models to benefit usability practitioners and help management make the company more user-centered.
  • The poor quality of enterprise software examined, along with organizational issues that impact the enterprise user experience.
  • Enterprise maturity – how one organization took its large enterprise application suite from “Implemented” to “Integrated.”

There’s also a simple, low-cost method for using an off-the-shelf software demonstration as a usability evaluation – before the enterprise buys the software.

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For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya, publications@usabilityprofessionals.org.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
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Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
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