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User stories

Title: How to produce better designs for complex apps Context: User stories: the cause of — and solution to — all of your software’s problems. Synopsis: Ernest Hemingway famously said about writing stories: “Write drunk, edit sober.” Unfortunately when it

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The horizontal world of Agile

Title: Why Do Managers Hate Agile? Context: The question is no longer “should we go Agile?” but rather “when?” Synopsis: Business buzzword alert: AGILE! Yes, we’ve all heard it repeated ad nauseam. “We’re doing Agile” has to be one of

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Dilbert Agile cartoon

Title: Doing UX in an Agile World: Case Study Findings Context: Agile: It’s not just about programming anymore. Now UX designers get to suffer as well. Synopsis: There is an apocryphal saying about democracy being the worst form of government

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Title: Applying Agile Principles to Design Context: Put down the Photoshop and iterate. Synopsis: The jury is no longer out on Agile and UX design. The verdict: perfect together! Great news for those who have been doing Agile based design

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agile programming - i'm glad it has a nameImage credit: Acid Pix, "agile programming - i'm glad it has a name", February 11, 2010, Flickr

Title: The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams Context: Agile is the new waterfall. Which was really just the new “just design me something”. Synopsis: Who doesn’t love Agile? UX designers that’s who. Or rather, they don’t

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Title: Why People Don’t Understand How to Use Your Software Context: Cross functional teams are the best way to design software. And the worst. Synopsis: The biggest difference between the team designing the software and the people using it is

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Image credit: Ben Mund, "Happy 2012", December 26, 2011, Flickr

Title: Five Big UX Topics in 2012 Context: Wait! It’s still January right? We can still talk about 2012 then?!?! Synopsis: So, now they come crawling back. Begging on hands and knees, employing us user experience practitioners to save their

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Hate can infect millions...Image credit: Ali Clark, "Hate can infect millions...", May 31, 2007, Flickr

Title: Findings from the State of Agile UX Survey Context: As Agile becomes more prevalent developers are realizing that UX designers are not an afterthought. Synopsis: If Agile is still an emerging development methodology then we haven’t even scratched the

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Title: The UX of User Stories Context: If you can’t write a good user story, you can’t do Agile. Synopsis: Ah, the user story. The unsung hero of the Agile development process. Anyone who works in an Agile environment had

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Title: Agile UX – How To Avoid Big Design Up Front By Pretending Not To Do Big Design Up Front Context: User experience design within an Agile environment doesn’t always go according to plan. So that should be part of

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Agile: Methodology or Marketing Slogan?Image credit: David Elfanbaum, "Agile: Methodology or Marketing Slogan?", April 7, 2009, Flickr

Title: Integrating UX into Agile Development Context: You’re not Agile as long as the user experience guys are on the outside looking in. Synopsis: Of the numerous benefits of adopting an Agile development approach to any project, none is more

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Title: When is design done? Context: We should all be familiar with the Agile definition of done, but what is the design definition of done? Probably – no – DEFINITELY, not the same thing. Synopsis: There are lots of cues

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