[PLUG] Good Design Faster
- Leah Buley, besides being my partner in crime on many projects and
speaking gigs, has a way with the written word. She crafted a
wonderful post to the Adaptive Path blog on the topic of Agile and UX.
Best of all.... it's controversial!
"Burndowns and Flareups in Agile Design
Flareups, not burndowns ... where UX design really has the most to
offer Agile is not in getting the nitty gritty design work done.
Placing the buttons and aligning the labels must be done just as
surely as dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s. But that’s not the
high value UX work.
No, what UX designers offer that’s special is help building a vision
for what the product can and should be. This is not a reductive
“getting things done” approach. It’s a generative “what does this
have the potential to be” kind of approach. A good UX designer should
encourage the team to ask that question, facilitate a process that
brings the whole team along in answering it, and then make those
answers tangible, doable, and, yes, a little bit pretty. (Jeff
Patton, who is one of the strongest and most coherent voices for Agile
+ UX unity, has more to say on the importance of the designer as
facilitator over on his blog, Agile Product Design.) Basically, I’m
talking about the opposite of a burndown. Dare I say it? A design
Have a piqued your interest? Do you agree and want to learn more about
Leah (and my) ideas? Do you want to just ask Leah more about her black
eye in person? Our workshop Good Design Faster is just the thing!
Good Design Faster: High-Value Experience Design
San Francisco: April 2-3, 2009
This intense two-day workshop delivers a hands-on guide to the new UX
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