Meta Refresh 2015

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First Amongst Equals - Can UX be there?

Submitted by Sheril Jebasingh (@sheril) on Wednesday, 11 March 2015

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Technical level

Intermediate

Section

Application design – crisp talk

Status

Submitted

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Objective

Traditionally, in software development, user experience (UX) wasn’t valued as much as developing of the software itself. But this has changed rather radically. However, creating an enriching user experience in an agile fashion is still challenging. Most of the agile engineering practices in use are around building software but seldom address UX. When building a product in an agile fashion, UX in an incremental fashion becomes important.

Description

In this talk, we will present our experience of creating UX in an incremental fashion for a virtual wallet. We will also talk about the different challenges we faced such as, educating various stakeholders on the value of incremental UX, building collaboration between developers and experience designers and abstracting design components, along with the solutions we devised to tackle these challenges.Traditionally, in software development, user experience (UX) wasn’t valued as much as developing of the software itself. But this has changed rather radically. However, creating an enriching user experience in an agile fashion is still challenging. Most of the agile engineering practices in use are around building software but seldom address UX. When building a product in an agile fashion, UX in an incremental fashion becomes important.

In this talk, we will present our experience of creating UX in an incremental fashion for a virtual wallet. We will also talk about the different challenges we faced such as, educating various stakeholders on the value of incremental UX, building collaboration between developers and experience designers and abstracting design components, along with the solutions we devised to tackle these challenges.

We will focus on the following take-aways:

  • Creating initial brand guidelines and setting a high level UX vision for the product in an agile context.
  • Creating and maintaining Live Style Guide to help incremental design. We will show samples of our Live Style Guide and how we incrementally built it.
  • Maintaining documentation incrementally to assist distributed teams work seamlessly on UX aspects.
  • Incremental feature research - Plan for UX research at a feature level (not at the product level) and including this in the iteration/release planning.

Speaker bio

Sheril has about 8 years of professional experience in IT industry with specialization on User Experience Design & Development. At the age of 17, he started designing websites and hence worked on various projects involving IA, Visual Design, Web Application Development, and Content Management System implementation.

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