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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About the Speaker(s)

As a developer turned Agile coach, Natalie Warnert deeply understands and embraces the talent and environment it takes to build great products. Her extensive experience in Agile methods and user experience makes Natalie’s skills an asset to any company's continuous improvement journey. From building the right product to building the product right, Natalie drives strategy and learning through validation. Her recognized expertise has earned her a reputation as a thought leader in the Agile industry. You will often find her speaking at conferences, and she has been invited to share her ideas at the national and international level. Natalie is a SPC 4.0, CSP, CSM, PSM I and has experience in Scrum, Lean, Six Sigma and Kanban coaching. She earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management and is very passionate about her thesis topic: increasing women’s involvement in the Agile and technology community (#WomenInAgile). You can read more about Natalie’s ideas and contact her through her website: www.nataliewarnert.com