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Thoughts on product design + user experience

User-centered design and agile development at NCR (video)

Written by bbb on June 28, 2007

As more organizations adopt agile development methods, folks who practice the various disciplines related to user-centered design are forced to adapt. At the 7-Minute Soapbox in Waterloo on June 14, we heard one such story of adaptation from Christina Wood and Craig Miller, from the usability team at the local office of NCR. Christina and…

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Tips for integrating user experience and agile development (video)

Written by bbb on June 26, 2007

At last week’s 7-Minute Soapbox in Waterloo, Declan Whelan of Whelan & Associates talked about how to fit user experience/design/usability into an agile development process. I’ve had the pleasure of working as a UX designer with Declan on an extreme programming (XP) project and can vouch for his ideas: thanks to his leadership, that project…

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An agile alternative to the ponderous usability test (video)

Written by bbb on June 18, 2007

I have a love/hate relationship with usability testing. I love the feedback it generates, but I hate the administrative make-busy work that surrounds it, especially when a test takes on a life of its own and becomes <shudder> an Event. When that happens, teams begin treating usability as an end in itself instead of as…

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New Interaction Design Association Face-To-Face in Waterloo, Ontario

Written by bbb on June 6, 2007

I mentioned in a previous post how I’ve been working with Navid Sadikali to kick-start a professional interest group in our area around the topics of design and user experience. The response to our initial events has been terrific, so I’m pleased to announce today that when we kick off our new season in September…

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Event: The 7-Minute Soapbox on User Experience Design

Written by bbb on May 22, 2007

For the past two months, I’ve been working with Navid Sadikali from Agfa here in Waterloo to kick-start a community of people interested in user experience and product design. So far so good: our first two events have seen just over 40 people come out of the woodwork to get involved. We’re wrapping up this…

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