Abandoning Agile, Leaving Lean
The problem isn't waterfall. It's not deliverables. And, big upfrontÂ design is a big, straw bogey man trotted out to scare young UXers.
Agile and lean promise fundamental changes to your process, so you canÂ improve your outcomes. Like other approaches, agile and lean bringÂ their own sets of problems and barriers. Oddly, for bringing suchÂ fundamental change, they often bring the same problems and barriersÂ your teams faced before they were agile and lean.
This is because agile and lean don't really change your process. TheyÂ change your focus. I'll say that again because I think it's important:Â agile and lean don't change your process; they change your focus.
And the problems inherent with your process don't have to do withÂ focus. You won't fix your problems by becoming agile or lean. You fixÂ your problems by understanding when to be agile, when to be lean, andÂ when to focus on the experience.
In this presentation, we'll tear agile and lean and UX apart to seeÂ what makes them work, and what makes them fail. We'll explore theÂ universal activities teams use to get products out the door. And we'llÂ understand the constraints that drive the effectiveness of thoseÂ activities.
Once we're done, you'll go back to work knowing how to adjust whatÂ your team does. But more important, you'll know when to make whatÂ adjustment when. You'll be able to create better teams, betterÂ products, and better experiences.
AboutÂ Austin Govella
Austin Govella is an Experience Design Manager with Avanade where heÂ helps reinvent enterprise collaboration. Previously, he helpedÂ redesign the Spanish language website for Verizon FiOS that improvedÂ conversions by 40%. Before that he worked at Comcast and the WorldÂ Bank as a Sr. Information Architect.
In 2009, Austin co-wrote 'Information Architecture: Blueprints for theÂ web', 2nd ed., with Christina Wodtke. Austin is a development editorÂ at Boxes and Arrows, and his work is featured in 'InformationÂ Architecture for the World Wide Web', 3rd ed. Austin writes aboutÂ better teams, products, and experiences at his blog, Thinking andÂ Making.
NOTE: Due to issues with the iPhone this video was recorded on, you might experience some glitches. Also, the video was cut off abruptly during the Q&A portion due to a lack of space on the iPhone.