Agile User Experience Design Emergent Practices

Level: Introductory

Over the last several years, innovative UX practitioners working in agile environments have improvised and invented ways to include effective user experience practice inside agile projects. This short talk describes many common emergent agile-ux practices. Some of these practices are lighter weight versions of traditional techniques, while others are new inventions combining the best of UX rigor with a collaborative and pragmatic twist. As a participant, you’ll leave with a buffet of useful UX techniques to add to or adapt your agile process.

Becoming Agile ... in an imperfect world

room: Toronto — time: Tuesday 14:00-14:45, Tuesday 14:45-15:30, Tuesday 16:00-16:45, Tuesday 16:45-17:30
Level: Introductory

How do you become agile with all the constraints surrounding you and your team? This tutorial introduces a new way to approach agile adoption efforts. We will go through important and key concepts related to agile adoption such as adopting values not practices, the difference between education and training, readiness assessments, and the process of organizational change. One of the tangible outcomes from this tutorial is a roadmap to agility that consists of five different levels, or steps, along with the different practices that can help an organization achieve each level of

Patterns of Agile Adoption Practices

room: Toronto — time: Wednesday 09:00-09:45, Wednesday 09:45-10:30, Wednesday 11:00-11:45, Wednesday 11:45-12:30
Level: Practicing

This tutorial is a detailed look at several Agile practices and the HOWTO of Adopting each practice successfully. We will cover the business value delivered and the context where they are most effective. For each practice you will learn what steps can be done to effectively get from “I want to do this practice” to “I’m doing it and getting obvious value” and, just as importantly, what happen when things go wrong and how you can diagnose these difficulties.

A variety of practices will be covered including: Stand Up Meetings, Iterations, Demos, Automate Developer Tests, and Refactoring.

Idea Factory

room: Grand Ballroom A — time: Tuesday 11:00-11:45, Tuesday 11:45-12:30
Level: Practicing

Ever heard a programmer say “I think the code’s trying to tell us something”? A joke, right? A metaphor. There’s a social world, where people tell people things, and there’s a world of objects that, at most, exert passive pressure.

But what if we deny that the two worlds are separate? What if we treat everything as a moving mashup of objects, ideas, individuals, and groups? This workshop will present some recent perspectives from sociology on that question, and will ask participants the following: if you believed in one of those perspectives, what would you do differently on your project?

What makes this Agile ours? A talk with previous Gordon Pask Award winners.

Level: Practicing

The Agile Alliance states that “The Gordon Pask Award recognizes two people whose recent contributions to Agile Practice make them, in the opinion of the Award Committee, people others in the field should emulate.” This panel brings together some of the previous winners so that they may share their contributions and help encourage others to participate in building the body of Agile knowledge. For the intermediate practitioner, it should reinforce the notion that as we practice Agile and learn how to adapt for the best outcome, sharing what we learn helps the whole community.

Agile by the Numbers: What People Are Really Doing in Practice

room: Regency C — time: Thursday 16:45-17:30
Level: Practicing

This talk summarizes the results of 4 years of industry surveys concerning the adoption and effectiveness of agile techniques. Very often the reality is significantly different than the rhetoric presented in mailing lists, in articles, and even in books. How effective are agile approaches compared to traditional approaches? To iterative approaches? Are people modeling? Writing documentation? Doing TDD? How much co-location is actually going on? How many organizations are really doing agile? To what extent? Come and find out answers to these questions and more.

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