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Agile Methods and User Centered Design: The Common Denominators

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  • spantazopoulos
    Apologies for cross posting to IxD and SIG-IA groups. ThoughtWorks user experience expert, Dave Robertson, and senior business analyst, John Johnston, will
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2009
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      Apologies for cross posting to IxD and SIG-IA groups.

      ThoughtWorks' user experience expert, Dave Robertson, and senior
      business analyst, John Johnston, will give talks in Toronto and
      Calgary, Canada on the subject of marrying Agile and User Centered
      Design best practices. For more details see below or visit
      http://www.thoughtworks.com/what-we-say/events/tech-briefing_ca.html.

      One of the most important ways to create valuable software is to
      empower people. Agile practices empower development teams and their
      customers to create software that delivers real value for the
      business. User centered design (UCD) practices empower designers to
      create useful, usable and compelling experiences for people who use
      software. Agile and UCD are highly complimentary, yet many
      practitioners still struggle with integrating these practices and
      there is a common impression that agile and UCD donít work well
      together. Too many agile projects produce poor user interface and too
      many user experience projects run over time and budget.

      There is a better way. Agile methods and UCD share goals and values -
      a commitment to iteration, value and quality are examples of common
      denominators that form a foundation on which designers and developers
      can integrate these practices successfully. But they must be willing
      to challenge preconceptions about their methods, deliverables and
      roles to succeed.

      The Toronto talk runs 8.00am - 9.30am, Tuesday 20 January 2009, Park
      Hyatt Toronto Hotel, 4 Avenue Road. To register visit
      http://www.thoughtworks.com/what-we-say/events/register-tor_ca0109.html

      The Calgary talk runs 8.00am - 9.30am, Thursday 22 January 2008, Hyatt
      Regency Calgary Hotel, 700 Centre Street SE. To register visit
      http://www.thoughtworks.com/what-we-say/events/register-cal_ca0109.html

      Thanks.
      Stelios Pantazopoulos | Lead Consultant with ThoughtWorks in Canada |
      stelios@... | 403.606.0248 (m)
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