Can’t we just all get along? Human-centered design meets Agile Development
How can designers and developers work together in a process that seems to be contradictory in nature — and how does visual design fit into the picture? How can we best create integration, collaboration and implementation around seemingly divergent methodologies and languages?
Human-centered design — basing its insights on thoughtful user research, iterating early through documentation, and beginning development much later in the process once the design has been fully fleshed out — has become the de-facto process and approach for the creation of useful and desirable products. At the same time, Agile Development — promoting developing early and often in short iteration cycles with no documentation — has become the standard for developing useful software.
The good news for designers is that the two processes can co-exist, complement and thrive within certain rules and conditions. Our session will describe and explore the differences between the two approaches, when it's appropriate to use agile development, how to integrate this popular method into the human-centered design and research process — and why client needs and today's marketplace increasingly are demanding these collaborative techniques.
This presentation will present a new design and development paradigm that brings these two schools together to create a common working methodology for clients and other stakeholders, designers, engineers, and content owners that will allow them to collaborate without making sacrifices on processes that they depend on in order to do their best work.
Maria Giudice is the CEO and Founder of Hot Studio, Inc., a San Francisco-based, human-centered design studio dedicated to making the complex beautifully clear. Maria is considered a pioneer in the field of information architecture and was prominently featured in the 1996 book Information Architects by Richard Saul Wurman. In 2002, she was included in the book 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA. Maria has coauthored two best-selling books about web design: Web Design Essentials and Elements of Web Design. Since 1997 Maria has lead Hot Studio's team of individuals dedicated to creating design systems that are both beautiful and highly functional. Maria has more than 20 years of experience working with and mentoring people from many different disciplines. Maria holds a degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and has spoken about design and the power of collaboration at conferences around the world.