Cambridge University Design / UX group

Design with agility

I have been thinking recently about the approach that I take to running a project. Not necessarily project management as such, but the sort of processes or methodology that I apply to going from initial scoping to the end product. It is something worth considering, particularly if you are going to be working as part of a team, where a specific development process is already well-established.

Now, this isn’t the place to discuss all those different models for development processes, so if you want to know the difference between “pigs” and “chickens”, you can read all about it on Wikipedia!

Anyway, if you have any familiarity with this stuff already, you will know that the Agile model is a popular one amongst development teams. I spotted a couple of good presentations that cover the realities of Agile processes, the pros and cons, and how to fit and design and UX work in with an Agile process.

Here goes with two embedded presentations…

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Four questions every software user interface designer and usability professional should be thinking about

These aren’t my questions – it is the title of an interesting little article I was reading this morning.

The author, Russell Wilson, poses the following questions:

  1. What is the best way for user interface design and usability to integrate with software engineering processes, specifically Agile processes?
  2. How can we better quantify the value of design and usability (ROI)?
  3. Where does design and usability belong within an organization?
  4. What’s next for software user interfaces?

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