Presentation from the January Meeting

Here’s the PDF from Tom & Joe’s presentation at the joint RUX/Agile Richmond meeting.

Let’s Get More Agile for 2010!

If you missed Tom and Joe’s November presentation, here’s your chance to hear it as the Richmond User Experience Group teams up with Agile Richmond to present Agility for Agile Professionals!

Doors open at 5:30, presentation is from 6-7:30.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Apex Systems- 4400 Cox Road, Ste 100, Glen Allen


Agile team professionals often find themselves working on projects with tight deadlines, tighter budgets, and unreasonably high expectations for success. Too often user research, usability, and design processes are compressed or even cut entirely for the sake of time, while development and business analysis time is increased. As UX professionals become more involved with agile development methods, we have discovered novel approaches to user-centered design that are adaptable to any budget or deadline.

This discussion will explore how user research, usability, IA and interaction design practices are adapted and thrive in agile projects.

Focusing on their experiences at Agile 2009 in Chicago this past fall, they will discuss:

  • How to provide timely and valuable UX support to stressed web development teams
  • How to let go and modify research/design/development dogmas
  • How to advocate for users when time for user research and usability are unavailable
  • How to balance rigor, quality, and speed

Resources for Better Agile UX

Agile User Experience Projects
Nielsen  |  November 4, 2009

Agile Development Projects and Usability
Nielsen  |  November 17, 2008

Quick and Dirty Usability Testing: Step Away from the Book
Chisnell  |  October 20, 2008

Agile Methods and User-Centered Design: How These Two Methodologies Are Successfully Integrated In Industry
Fox, Sillito, Maurer  |  Agile Conference 2008, Toronto

Weekly User Testing: TiVo Did It, You Can, Too
Nielsen  |  July 2008

Twelve Emerging Best Practices for Adding UX Work to Agile Development
Patton  |  June 2008

The Impact of Agile on UCD: Mixed Messages From a Before and After Survey
Barnum and Dayton  |  Usability  Professionals’ Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland  |  June 16-20, 2008

Making Usability Recommendations Useful and Usable
Molich, Jeffries, Dumas  | August 2007

Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-centered Design
Sy  |  Journal of Usability Studies, v.2, n.3, May 2007

Clash of the Titans: Agile and UCD
Cecil  |  December 2006

User Experience Activities on Agile Development Projects
Ambler  |  October 2005

Streamlining Usability Testing by Avoiding the Lab
Spool  |  May 25, 2005

UCD in Agile Projects: Dream Team or Odd Couple?
McInerney and Maurer  |  Interactions, v. 12, n.6, 2005

Case Study of Customer Input for a Successful Product
Miller  |  Proceedings of the Agile Development  Conference, IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, 2005

Process Agility and Software Usability: Toward Lightweight Usage-Centered Design
Constantine  |  September  2002

Agile Usability Yahoo! Group

Agile2009 Conference – UX Stage

November Meeting

Agility for UX Professionals
Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (more details later)

Two hours of UX war stories from the trenches!
How UX can be agile without having to be Agile: Surviving the project battle successfully.

Free pizza and soda for the first 15 attendees, sponsored by Regular Joe Consulting, LLC.


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