UX for an Agile World (Part IV)

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally wrote this article for Excella.com.

Here’s the big pay-off.  We learned in Parts 12, and 3, why UX and Agile complement each other, who the various players are across the teams, and how to build towards a minimum viable product (MVP).  So now that the MVP is off and running, the UX team must figure out the best way to continue to work with the Agile developers.  But how?  How do UX designers continue to bring value to the customers and business while their Agile cousins keep iterating on the product?  It’s like trying to load groceries onto a merry go round at full speed. Continue reading

UX for an Agile World (Part III)

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally wrote this article for Excella.com on October 5, 2016.

More and more, the development world is embracing Agile practices.  As we learned in Part I of this series, the UX team must find a balance between gaining a complete understanding of the customer with bringing high impact value to the product early and often. To do so, we need to know how to engage with the Agile team as described in Part II.

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Building Towards the MVP

Keep in mind that one of the most important steps in an Agile process is gathering feedback from users to ensure your developers are building the right product.  The UX team is instrumental in building and maintaining that feedback loop.  Let’s get to the meat of the problem:  how does the UX team plan out their daily activities to coincide and complement each Agile sprint?  Continue reading

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UX for an Agile World (Part II)

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally wrote this article for Excella.com on September 26, 2016.

More and more, the development world is embracing Agile practices. Yet, as we learned in UX for an Agile World (Part I), UX doesn’t necessarily integrate well with Agile development: Agile is about short development sprints that continuously bring business value, where UX is about gaining a complete understanding of the customer and their needs to improve the way they interact with a product over its full lifecycle. Nevertheless, by adjusting how you schedule and perform the steps in your UX processes and align them across several Agile sprints, you can absolutely gain the wisdom of proper UX practices. Continue reading

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UX for an Agile World (Part I)

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally wrote this article for Excella.com on September 13, 2016.

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Integrate Good UX Practices into Agile Development

More and more organizations are recognizing User Experience (UX) as a cornerstone of the products and services they deliver. Beyond being a hot buzzword, there is real science, methodology, and process behind the UX services that Excella provides. UX is a key component for delivering real business and customer value with the software products we build. But more importantly, we have developed unique insights into using great UX design practices to make IT projects shine. Continue reading

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How to Personalize Your UX Service Offering

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally wrote this article for Excella.com on May 19, 2016.

As we continue to grow at Excella, we strive to fine tune our UX service. It’s not enough to provide UX services merely as adjuncts to development projects. Our aim is to build a UX practice that inspires our clients as well as our staff. This is not off the shelf UX!

Developing a UX Strategy

If you are building your own UX practice, here are the steps we followed at Excella as well as several lessons learned. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 3

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.
You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Three of Three in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience of working with open data.  In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. Part Two covers the first one: opportunities for improving the UX when working with API documentation.  In this article we look at the second opportunity:  improve the UX around the APIs themselves. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.

You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Two in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience when working with open data. In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. In this article we look at the first: improve the UX around documentation for APIs.  I am building an app called Kittinder! An App for Setting Up Play Dates for Your Cat and want to show you where the UX for open data documentation needs help. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 1

You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

Not much has been written about the user experience (UX) of working with open data.  This is troublesome for those of use who work with open data everyday; we either provide a sub-optimal experience for our data customers or we suffer ourselves when pulling in data from less mature external sources.  Nevertheless, this is an opportunity for UX-ers who are looking for green fields where they can share their knowledge (and get paid).

This is part 1 in a series of articles that covers steps you can take, as a UX professional or a product owner for open data, to improve the UX that an organization provides its data customers. Continue reading

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Trade Data to help U.S. Companies Export

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally ghost-wrote this article on the Hack for Change Web site on June 5, 2015.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is not just an event, it’s a mindset that the International Trade Administration (ITA) fully supports. We too follow open data principles by making trade data easily available for helping U.S. companies export their products overseas. The National Day is a great way for you and ITA to help our fellow businessmen and women expand international sales and increase the number of jobs at home. Continue reading

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Go Ahead! Dump Your Wallet and Live Out of Your Phone – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

In part one of this series I talk about the second hardest part of dumping my wallet:  choosing what four items I could keep inside my iPhone case.

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