Tuesday November 27th, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET)

Cost: $49.00



This webinar is based on our experience working with Agile and UX teams across the industry.

As Agile methods become part of the landscape in many companies, UX groups have faced the challenge of integrating traditional UX work with the new approach to development. In this session, Hugh presents five concrete and proven actions UX groups can take to ensure that a user-centered focus is not lost.

  1. Be a part of the team — attend the standups; ensure that UX tasks are tracked as team tasks.
  2. Lower the barriers to user involvement — Agile forces all processes to be streamlined, and UX processes are no exception.
  3. Write user stories — become a part of the team that writes, prioritizes and groups user stories into sprints.
  4. Do UX work ahead of sprints — adopt techniques from Lean & Kanban to plan UX work just in time before it’s needed.
  5. Maintain a coherent UX focus — use explicit strategies and processes to keep the overall user experience coherent.

Hugh discusses each of these techniques, describing the issues and problems that can arise and how this technique will not only prevent the problems, but will make the development process both more Agile and more user-centered. He uses examples from InContext’s extensive work with companies across the industry to illustrate the techniques.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Learn specific, tested techniques for improving UX participation on Agile teams;
  2. Learn the UX role and tasks at each point in an Agile project;
  3. Learn the vocabulary and culture of Agile and how to fit into that culture;
  4. Understand the motivation for Agile development from the developer’s point of view;
  5. Be able to use Agile concepts and values to justify full UX participation on an Agile team.


Hugh Beyer, Founder & CTO at InContext Design

 As a co-founder of InContext, Hugh provides the technical expertise to support InContext’s design solutions. His extensive understanding of the unique and varied capabilities of a wide range of technical platforms enables InContext to design innovative solutions in virtually any development environment. He works closely with clients’ engineering teams and developers to mesh often opposing points of view to build workable solutions. Hugh also works directly with InContext’s design teams and coaches client teams in the Contextual Design process. He has pioneered the integration of customer-centered techniques into traditional development, using them to supercharge the Rational Unified Process, object-oriented design, and Agile. Hugh is the co-author of Contextual Design: Defining Customer Centered Systems which is used by companies and universities all over the world. Hugh’s latest publication is User-Centered Agile Methods, which bridges the gap between the Agile development and UX communities. Hugh has more than 20 years of experience building and designing applications, systems, and tools. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.