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Agile UX Toolkit

Skills and tactics for UX practitioners to successfully integrate user-centered design practices into an agile team

As more organizations adopt agile development practices , UX practitioners want to ensure that the resulting products are still designed with users in mind. This tutorial teaches basic, proven methods to integrate user-centered design practices into agile teams.


Tutorial by Desiree Sy (Autodesk, Media + Entertainment), John Schrag (Autodesk, Media & Entertainment)
Category:
Other
Track:
General
Time:
9:00am to 5:15pm on Monday, June 04, 2012

About the Tutorial

As more organizations adopt agile development practices , UX practitioners want to ensure that the resulting products are still designed with users in mind. This tutorial teaches basic, proven methods to integrate user-centered design practices into agile teams.

The tutorial is for experienced UX practitioners and managers who work on agile teams, or who will be transitioning to agile. Prior experience with agile methods is not needed, and the course does not focus on a particular agile methodology.

The morning teaches new skills for planning design on agile teams, and the afternoon focuses on agile adaptations to usability testing and research methods. Research methods covered in this tutorial focus on eliciting observed user behavior (such as contextual inquiry, and formative usability testing).

Participants in this tutorial will learn:
* advantages of a healthy agile UX practice over waterfall UX
* skills and attitudes to hone to do user-centred design on an agile team
* common errors when transitioning from waterfall to agile
* skills and activities that UX brings to the 'Product Owner' role on an agile team
* activities and best practices during Iteration Zero to increase a team's success
* parallel-track/staggered sprint timing of agile UX activities
* how to hold a "big picture" of design without committing the agile deadly sin of Big Design Up Front
* how to break both UX work and design implementation into sprint-sized chunks
* tactics for incorporating user research into agile projects
* some suggestions for improving non-co-located agile teamwork