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Re: [agile-usability] Re: Tips for people new to Agile?

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  • Anders Ramsay
    Glad you found them useful! Please feel free to re-post. On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM, thomas_o_coleman
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 24, 2009
      Glad you found them useful!  Please feel free to re-post.

      On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM, thomas_o_coleman <thomas_o_coleman@...> wrote:

      Hi Anders,

      Thanks for your tips!

      I'm wondering if you would mind if I repost your comments in another forum (the AgileUX group on connect.humanfactors.com)?


      P.S. I'd also like to invite you all to participate in that forum as well

      --- In agile-usability@yahoogroups.com, Anders Ramsay <andersr@...> wrote:
      > Some tips that come to mind:
      > * The change in your practice when transitioning to Agile is primarily in
      > the How rather than the What. In other words, you are using a different way
      > of communicating the same design principles and ideas you might communicate
      > in a traditional process.
      > * Think less of UX as a role and more as a literacy, something that a UX
      > specialist might facilitate. You can also think of yourself as a UX coach,
      > playing a role similar to that of an Agile Coach working with a traditional
      > team. You may provide guidance and leadership but ultimately it is the team
      > as a whole that should be designing the product. This can be a very
      > challenging shift for someone coming from a kind of genius designer mindset,
      > in organizations where a creative team is sort of expected to deliver the
      > design from on high to the developers. This is a fundamental contradiction
      > to Agile thinking. (And unfortunately one that likely will persist as long
      > as academic institutions keep computer engineers in separate buildings from
      > those in design programs.)
      > * Because Agile is a completely different paradigm compared to Waterfall,
      > you can't really just flip the methodology switch and one day 'go Agile.'
      > Paraphrasing the book 'Becoming Agile,' just like you wouldn't one day get
      > up an run a marathon without first training and building up your stamina and
      > running lots of shorter runs first, you need to work on your Agile Fitness.
      > One key area is developing a deeper understanding of software development,
      > what it actually means to program, actually understanding computer logic,
      > normalization, and other computer fundamentals. A key reason for this is
      > that your practice, if you really are working as an Agile team, will be much
      > more integrated with developers. A lot of times, the front-end developer may
      > also wear the UX lead hat. Or the UX lead might contribute to front-end
      > development, such as maintaining the CSS. Similarlly, while you may not know
      > how to do something like refactoring, you need to understand what it is and
      > why it is done. Then, you will be able to more powerfully integrate your
      > practice with theirs. More specifically, while they are doing code
      > refactoring, you can be thinking about your work as UI or UX refactoring.
      > * As Jeff Patton once so wisely pointed out to me, "the user experience
      > exists no matter what." In other words, the moment you've built something
      > with inputs and outputs, it has an experience. Therefore, at a high level,
      > the work of a UX specialist is to facilitate achieving maximum Experience
      > Quality.
      > Just a few slightly meandering thoughts.
      > -Anders
      > On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM, William Pietri <william@...>wrote:

      > >
      > >
      > > Hi! Pretty much every day we moderators see people signing up for the list.
      > > As part of the process, they mention why they're here. A common theme is
      > > somebody with usability experience who is new to Agile methods. For example,
      > > here are some recent ones:
      > >
      > > I'm a Certified Usability Analyst contracting at a company using Agile.
      > > This is a whole new way of doing business for me so I'm trying to get as
      > > much help as I can from someone who keeps it real.
      > >
      > > I am a usability practitioner in [Canada]. I currently work on a
      > > large site and i'm interested in learning about how usability with an
      > > Agile flavour can make efficiencies.
      > >
      > > I am UX working at an Agile organization, and would love to discuss and
      > > learn how to merge both UX and Agile methodologies.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Since many of you have been on this list a long time, I thought I'd ask:
      > > What tips do you have for user-focused people new to Agile environments?
      > >
      > > William
      > >
      > >

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