Abstract/Description

User Experience? Lean? Scrum? Agile? How can these all fit together and be incorporated into stories and Sprints? This session will explore the benefits of high quality, more usable and consistent software with a shorter user feedback loop by cohesively incorporating UX into the Agile process via the ‘UX Runway’. The idea was originally from the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), but has much more detail into how UX can be integrated below the program at the Agile team level.

The UX Runway explores the concept of having UX work 1-2 iterations ahead of the development team with some new insights on how to keep UX lean and agile at the team and program level. These ideas include:

-Treating the UX team as its own Agile team
-How to use just-in-time design and minimum viable product (MVP) Lean design for the UX iteration deliverable
-Planning into the iteration capacity the notion of 10- 20 percent re-work to the initial minimum viable product
-Lean UX principles of problem focused design and get out of the building when incorporating user research into the MVP

Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how UX works, the different UX roles that contribute to Agile projects, how to utilize and integrate both a centralized and decentralized UX team onto their projects, and how to keep UX (and other dependent teams) from becoming a bottleneck with a bit of additional planning. They will learn how to appropriately plan UX work and deliverables ahead of it being developed by using a UX Runway while still eliminating waste by staying lean and responding rapidly to change.

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