Re: Agile Methods with User-Centered Design Groups
I am a masters by research student and currently studying
Agile-UCD combined process. From my study of both similarities and
differences of agile and UCD, also their usefulness and disadvantages
I at this stage found that using Interaction Design goal as a guide
for developing stories might be beneficial. I am working on having a
high-level goal and specifics goals. We know that goals generally
remain static whereas tasks frequently change e.g. due to change in
technology. Our goal can be fill the role of the interaction designer
at the team level to a large extent.
Feel free to throw-in your views, suggestions, criticisms and
all. Looking forward to hearing from you all.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, George Schlitz
> I had one experience where the UCD team worked with the development
> teams as follows (and this is a simplification):
> -Each development team (by "development team" I mean cross-functional
> team that develops product) had at least 1 dedicated member of the
> team assigned to it. This person helped finish incrementalthat
> product/current stories, and did some lookahead design work (prepping
> upcoming stories with others).
> -The UCD lead and a few other UCD people were part of a central team
> that would work on holistic concerns...this helped identify cross-team
> work, and also resulted in possible stories (prioritized by the PO)
> all teams may have had to implement...it was also a good source of
> feedback of product in progress
> -The UCD folk had their own team meetings to share learnings and
> decisions about holistic UCD things and to ask for help on challenges,
> ideas, etc.
> Daniel & Ana wrote:
> > At our company, we are currently refining the use of Scrum and have
> > split our two engineering groups into cross-functional teams. Our
> > third group is a user-centered design (UCD) team with specialized
> > roles. The group has two main areas of contribution. One is to create
> > the designs based on a user story (which need to be done for the
> > engineering groups to start their work) and the other is to act as a
> > consultant during the designs implementation by the engineering
> > groups. We would like to make the UCD group better fit with the
> > sprints that the other two groups are following. We do not have the
> > man-power to equally assign designers to the two cross-functional
> > teams as well as work on the initial design work.
> > Has anyone used agile methods with UCD groups? What has been your
> > approach?
> > Should we try to implement agile methods with this UCD team?
> > If so, how can we do it in a way that they are able to work on designs
> > (that usually preclude the cross functional teams work) as well as
> > support the implementation of those designs?
> > Any input that you can offer would be great! Thank you