From Design Specs to User Stories

A session at ProductCamp Boston 2016 Sessions

Saturday 9th April, 2016

10:20am to 11:00am (EST)

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More and more agile teams began to value good design, to the extend to actually hire in-house designers to be part of the team. However there is often an unspoken tension between the product manager and the designer: who get to define the user experience? An agile product manager is thinking in terms of user stories, which doesn't always align with the design specs. Vice versa. It eventually boils down to: How can design practices become an integral part of an agile team? Between PM and Design, there may be many disagreements on features and priority. But let's start with a common ground: solving the user pain. Eventually I stopped writing design specs, but to help the PM write better user stories. In this session I'd like to share practical lessons on Design/PM collaboration to bring the best out of both.

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Shanfan Huang

Drawing. Coding. Learning. Making. Exploring. Dancing. bio from Twitter

Shanfan Huang is a product designer at Pivotal Labs, an agile development consultancy that helps the clients transform their way of building software. She aspires to bring Lean UX practice into agile development teams.

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9 attendees

  • Shanfan Huang
  • David Ganzi
  • Jill Cetel
  • Lisa Lin
  • Mary Kate
  • Meliza Anne Mitra
  • Shelby LeVino
  • Sofia Papastamelos
  • Suzanne Hillman

6 trackers

  • Ayush Tiwari
  • bora hwang
  • Devin Sutcliffe
  • Douglyss Giuliana
  • Gary
  • Howard Paul Wanless III

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Time 10:20am11:00am EST

Date Sat 9th April 2016


Vitruvius (Fl. 10), Microsoft NERD Center

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