Classic Radio Johnny: Agile and User Experience

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In a special series of podcasts that we’ll be calling “Classic Radio Johnny”, Jeff Parks shares some of the more popular discussions from the i.a.podcast; the show that helped to launch podcasts for Boxes and Arrows and now Radio Johnny.

In this discussion, recorded on April 5th, 2010 Jeff Parks had the pleasure of talking with Alla Zollers, Ryan Norris, and Zachary Spencer about the Agile process. They explain how all disciplines can benefit from a better understanding of the Agile methodology as well as the opportunities for UX professionals to build an even greater experience into everything they design.

Quotes

In each of these methodologies that fall under the Agile umbrella we find tools; we find value; we find approaches that are meant to solve even more complex problems than simply building a shopping cart or building a blog.

…it’s important to focus on what’s going on in your current sprint, but whether you’re a User Experience design person, whether you’re a Software Architect, whether you’re a Database Analyst, the ability to work with your product owner to understand what is slightly over the horizon greatly decreases risk – particularly in the UX and IA realm – to really generate more success.

The strength of Agile is that no one person is responsible for anything – it’s the team that is responsible…. roles and titles really start to not matter as much anymore so people just bring their skills to the table.

Summary

Alla, Ryan, and Zachary share their professional experiences working within and leading Agile teams over the past several years. They describe Agile as an opportunity for UX professionals to engage other disciplines in the creation of great software that focuses on the strengths of team members.

They also provide a brilliant plain language explanation of Agile terms such as Scrum, and Sprint and how Agile allows for all teams to keep focused not just on the creation of great software through the interaction with others on the team, but also to look beyond the current iteration to future needs.

Show Notes

* The Agile Manifesto
* Succeeding with Agile by Mike Chohn
* Bridging the Communication Gap: Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing by Gojko Adzic
* The Art of Agile Development by James Shore
* Money Ball – The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
* Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug

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Jeff Parks

Jeff is the co-founder of DIGIA UX Inc. and actively collaborates with industry professionals from around the world through his involvement with Boxes and Arrows and Johnny Holland. Jeff is also leading workshops on Information Architecture and User Experience Design over at Follow the UX Leader, in addition to volunteering his time as a Mentor and Member of the Board of Directors for the Information Architecture Institute.

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