Agile UX : Extending the boundaries of Agile to include User Experience Design

Balancing the extreme positions of “Big Upfront Design” and “Blind Incremental Development” is no easy task, particularly when an IT organization is transforming itself around Agile principles. Agile focuses on one type of quality by prescribing a philosophy and rituals that ensure the dev team “builds it right”. Agile UX applies the methods and rituals of Agile to a broader a problem space within the business domain. It’s about moving beyond ensuring you simply “build it right”… and prescribes methods for taking active role and ownership in ensuring that what your building is “the right thing to build”. (Intro)

Agile UX also presents chalenges for the UX Community, and it is important to recognize the 3 pillars that incorporating UX into Agile requires a shift in mindset for both. In the same way that changing from a Waterfall to an Agile approach is a transformation, so to is a change from Agile to Agile+UX.  The change involved for traditional UX involves moving from (1) heavy documentation to lean documents (2) a linear to a collaborative approach and (3) from a separate practice to an integrated practice.  (Thanks to Anders and Diana for this paragraph)

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About Jason Furnell

design thinker . experience designer . lo-fi sketcher . workshop facilitator . visual thinker . diagrammer . agile believer . multidisciplinary collaborator . build sequencer . incrementing and iterating . architecting information . presenting and pitching . master of design (its a degree, not a self assigned title) . dyslexic . misspell-er of many many many things....
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