Agile with UX at 10,000 Ft

What Agile with UX Is Not Agile is not a methodology; it’s a concept Agile is not an excuse to produce less documentation; it’s an excuse to produce relevant documentation Agile is not a method where any one discipline rules; it requires collaboration Agile is not a solution to waterfall; it’s a different tool Agile is not a system where everyone rushes in at once, but overlap can happen when appropriate Agile is not viable if there is not buy-in from the top-down If you haven’t already, I recommend reading the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. It’s worth reading through the…

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Agile UX: Consider Seating

With the idea behind Agile being that interactions and individuals are paramount, everyone involved needs to buy in.  Without complete participation from the team, the concepts behind true Agile are lost.  There’s an approach to bringing the right individuals together that’s so simple, it can easily be missed.  And with this approach, there’s greater opportunity for defining a holistic user experience, defined and committed to by the entire team. Seating. Where people sit… someone inevitably brings it up any time Agile is considered, but rarely is it seen through.  Organizations quickly see to creating cross-discipline teams and putting them in…

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Designing for What Users Do

(Instead of what you want them to do) Genius Loci is the “spirit of a place” in landscape architecture. The lighting, the path, the ambiance comprise the genus loci; and how the visitors of that place react to it, on an emotional, perceptive, and subsequent behavioral level is the result of working with the naturally occuring space. How a space is established against its natural setting dictates how we feel as we enter that space and how we manage ourselves within it. How easily we traverse the pathways within are dictated by our comfort with learning the space we’re in,…

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Thoughts on Midwest UX 2011

This past weekend, I was able to attend the Midwest UX conference held in Columbus, Ohio.  I had a phenomenal time and was able to meet some really great, smart, and passionate people.  I was able to immerse myself into an entire weekend surrounded by uber-UX-geeks of all ages and backgrounds who spoke a common language.  Or several common languages with common keywords.  I was able to speak without having to explain terms I was using.  In short, it was a beautiful thing that I hadn’t experienced in a long, long time. I live for my family first and foremost,…

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IA, Metamorphosis, & Design

I was mowing the lawn the other day and, although I spent $50 extra at the time I bought the mower for an electric start mower, i pulled the rip cord to get the mower started.  Why?  Because the electric start requires the battery to be charged.  This requires plugging it into an electrical outlet, preferably overnight.  Too often, my son or I forget to do it, or we simply don’t do it (since it would require at least three extra steps…) So it got me thinking…what a great example of graceful degradation, or better yet, metamorphosis.  I mean, it’s…

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