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Episode #69 Follow-up Podcast for An Agile UX Primer

March 20, 2009  ·  49 minutes

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This week we are happy to share with you a followup podcast to our recent Virtual Seminar with Jeff Patton, one of the world's foremost teachers and consultants on the agile development process. If you missed the seminar, don't worry, if you're interested in agile, there's plenty here for you too.

Show Notes

This week we are happy to share with you a followup podcast to our recent Virtual Seminar with Jeff Patton, one of the world's foremost teachers and consultants on the agile development process. If you missed the seminar, don't worry, if you're interested in agile, there's plenty here for you too.

During the seminar we received, as usual, more questions than we had time to answer. So Jeff and I discussed them here. Our first question asked about the international nature of agile. Jeff noted while the ideas of agile were founded in the U.S. there's a great deal of momentum and excitement for the process in Europe and Asia, as well.

A question was raised about the use of low-fidelity prototypes within the agile process. Jeff prescribes to the value of paper prototyping and is a fan of UIE-alum Carolyn Synder's work in the field. Jeff believes that paper prototyping fits well within the process and says it's worth the work to convince doubters who may not immediately see the value. He also brought up the use of testing those early prototypes on just about anyone, even if they aren't your ideal user. It's better to test on someone than no one, and in between your regularly planned tests with your targeted audience, short sessions with most folks will still yield important, and fast feedback.

Jeff and I discussed many more things including,

• RITE and introducing design concepts to developers • The role of iterations in refining current work and how to move forward developing new components • The emerging confluence of UI design patterns and the agile methodology • The prioritization of quality in the agile process and your organization as a whole • Converging UX and agile: upcoming agile conferences, and is Alan Cooper coming around to agile?

During the podcast, we mentioned these two links:

Salesforce's Postcard Patterns - An Agile UI Pattern Creation Process, a presentation from IxDA '09, and

Agile Usability: Best Practices for User Experience on Agile Development Projects a 95 page PDF report.