Re: [agile-usability] Re: Nielsen's article on UseIt.com
- aacockburn wrote:
> I'm happy he wrote it and I agree with pretty much everything heMaybe threat is the wrong word, but I think he has a point.
> wrote except, "Agile's biggest threat to system quality stems from
> the fact that it's a method proposed by programmers" [...]
> If UX designers decide that BECAUSE it was suggested by programmers
> that it's bad for them, then the UX designers are the biggest
> threat themselves.
I'm a programmer, and I agree that's at least a big risk. I don't know
that it's the biggest one, but from the perspective of somebody who
spends most of his time on consumer-facing software, I think Agile
methods as written have a a big gap. I don't think this was intentional;
it's just a continuation of the prevalent software development culture.
My understanding is that none of the Agile Manifesto signers was a user
experience designer, user researcher, or interaction designer, for example.
The experience of a lot of designers is that they get run right over by
engineering on a regular basis, and because of that end up with products
they're very unhappy with. When engineers propose a shiny new method
that seems to exclude them yet again, and doesn't have room for the
accommodations that they've wedged into the waterfall-ish processes,
then it's no wonder that they'd see it as a threat.
If we'd like UX designers not to see us as a threat, I don't think
telling them that they're the real problem is particularly productive.
I'd rather focus on altering either the methods or our presentation of
them so that they don't feel threatened.
> > There are other studies (I don't have the exact quote) that showthat
> > the difference between a top-notch developer and a run-of-the-millone
> > is a factor of 10 or so.http://forums.construx.com/blogs/stevemcc/archive/2008/03/27/productivit
> The back up for that is here :-
Thx James. I always assumed that this was indeed supported by actual
studies, but still had a small nagging doubt that it might be one of
those urban legends that start with "studies show that ...." ;-). This
is a good reference which eliminates that doubt.