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Episode #26 User Experience in a High-Speed Development Environment

May 7, 2007  ·  63 minutes

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In the keynote presentation I gave at our User Interface 11 Conference, I highlighted how the most successful experience design teams are thriving in the fast-paced environment. If you missed it, or would like to share it, click through to our blog where we've also included the slides and a full transcription. (Originally recorded at the UI11 Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 10, 2006.)

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Originally recorded at the User Interface 11 Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 10, 2006.

Demanding customers and users, reduced development cycles, agile's shortened iterations, and elongated beta periods have put new demands on the process of designing user experiences. We now have to get into the design process faster. No longer can we take months -- or even weeks -- to conduct our research and make decisions and recommendations. This new environment is fast paced and very demanding.

To be successful in this new environment, we need to take a different look at how we conduct our practices. We need to leverage the assets we have and innovate new techniques. We need to go back over what we thought were proven techniques and ask if they still are practical. The result: a new, slimmer, lightweight user experience process, capable of moving at the high speeds demanded by today's development world.

In the keynote presentation I gave at our User Interface 11 Conference, I highlighted how the most successful experience design teams are thriving in this fast-paced environment. I touched upon techniques, such as personas and design patterns that can dramatically speed up the design process. I've received a great deal of positive reaction to my keynote, and hope you enjoy it.