by Brian Sobus
As Agile has evolved, it has become a challenge to get dependent teams working together in a synchronous fashion. One type of team that has always presented a challenge to me, as a development manager, has been the UX team. This talk explores my various attempts at integrating UX into Agile Teams. It tells of the sordid history, of what worked, and what truly did not. I will also work with the audience and gather their ideas, patterns, and potential solutions. After the conference, I will gather the results and publish them.
Whether you're a designer or a developer there's a simple way to get better at both, help others around you improve, and make working together more enjoyable. The power of design pairing can produce better ideas faster and instill greater empathy for both design and programming throughout your company. Samuel Bowles will explore how his team has adopted the principles of design pairing in a number of contexts and configurations. His observations are based on the contrast between his work in traditional design firms and as a member of various Agile development teams. He will explore the various types of design pairing and especially the power of cross-functional pairing.
User Stories are a fantastic agile tool, but they are not the only way for the product owner and team to reach a mutual understanding of what needs to be delivered. This workshop explores the use of hypotheses and experiments from the Lean Startup community. We see how using hypotheses instead of stories brings advantages to the development team, the customer, and the user. Stop telling stories about your product - start asking questions.
by Hugh Beyer
One of the difficult problems faced by an Agile team is that of getting reliable user input. Because Agile projects depend on minimal up-front planning and specification, user feedback is critical. But product owners are rarely users themselves and the actual end-users are often located elsewhere and may be highly diverse. This session introduces participants to Contextual Inquiry (CI), a proven field research method for understanding users and their needs. We introduce CI, show how it fits into Agile development, and give participants practice in gathering data and then writing user stories.
13th–17th August 2012