Agile UX is a process that unifies developers (running Agile) and designers (practising UX) through collaboration-centred methodology. Projects are broken down into short cycles known as iterations, consisting of smaller tasks such as design, coding and user testing, that are repeated over the entirety of the project.
If you are working within a creative agency, as a UX designer, a software developer or a project manager managing teams, this presentation features 5 brilliant quotes from current practitioners at the 2015 Agile UX conference held in Australia, which will help you implement Agile UX successfully.
by Holly Bartholomeusz & Yuan Wang
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User experience describes core
aspects necessary to ensuring a
product or design is as efficient
and enjoyable as possible.
Measured by usefulness, usability,
appeal and level of engagement.
Agile methodology, a project
management process which
originated from software
development, helps teams
respond to sudden and
unpredictable changes through
incremental, iterative work cycles,
known as sprints.
A time boxed, iterative approach
to incrementally building a project
Projects are broken down into short
cycles consisting of smaller tasks
such as design, coding and user
testing and repeated throughout
short to build
Author of Running Lean
and Creator of Lean Canvas
Testing a design with people who
may utilise your project/product
allows you to understand any
Collecting insights on the ground
allows you to generate more ideas,
kill ideas that don’t work as you
thought they might, and test them
What do people desire?
What is technically and
What is financially viable?
Negotiate the rules of
and define the
in a day
The Agile process is not about
going it alone! Gather support from
your team by offering a vision.
Ensure good communication so
that team members share and
follow future visions.
Identify each other’s needs, and negotiate
solutions with all team members.
relies on two things:
1. Effective collaboration
2. Continuous improvement
We need to set
on UX engagement
As UX practitioners we want to know that
stakeholders place importance on the process.
Agile doesn’t have to be a strictly stringent
process. Think outside the box and involve top
level management using unique strategies.
Combine old school methods with the Agile
process to affect the way in which stakeholders
engage with different iterations of the project.
An incentivised diary study was conducted.
She sent users a physical journal to document
the testing of a company product.
Each week participants sent their diaries back
filled with insightful comments about their
experience of using the product.
Stakeholders took a surprising interest in
reading the diaries.
Enabled them to be actively involved in
understanding the iterative process as well
as the customers’ feelings.
Work early but
an end vision.
Teams must remain progressive and
reactive rather than committed to a
Consistently challenge the design
or development of a project and
integrate feedback into each iteration.
It is important to look to the future
and be ruthless about the project’s
scope, rather than focusing only on
Vision starts with a
firm foundation and
carries through with
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as a team
A shared understanding of the vision,
business context and design challenges
are integral to laying the foundations for
UX design and prototyping.
Cross disciplinary team culture allows
everyone in the team to wear “multiple
hats” and work together through each
Be transparent about the UX process enables
to foster trust throughout an organisation.
Inspired by the Agile UX Conference 2015. See you at the next one!