Jeff Gothelf wrote a very succinct and compelling article about how to better integrate design in Agile.
Critical to the success of any user experience team is an organization that values its contribution.
- In essence, Development managers need to set the expectation with their staff that design is critical to the team’s success. As you begin to build your UX practice in this environment, ensure that you have frequent conversations with these managers to review how their staffs are reacting to the addition of designers to their teams.
- Let the team into the designer’s world. Let them see what they do and how they do it, and let them experience the benefits that come from doing UX and design work.
- Dedicate each designer exclusively to one particular scrum team. They should feel like they are a part of their scrum team and feel connected to that team’s focus. In doing so, the designer’s priorities become clear.
- By creating an environment that values design, promotes its benefits and spreads this gospel through the allocation of UX resources across individual teams, companies will lay the foundation for successful team-building and adoption of the agile process down the road.