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Posted by Dave West on August 30, 2011
How many times have you heard the following phrases?
Both sentiments describe the need to design and build software that provides a great user experience (UX) and that is delivered in a timely manner. Luckily, there are two communities focused on both of these goals:
Get These Two Communities Together, And Bam!
But sometimes the “bam” might be for the wrong reasons; UX purists want to spend days upfront planning story boards, task models, and experience metaphors, whereas the Agile camp wants to spend little time planning, preferring the practice of delivering working software to expose functionality that the customer can test.
Neither is right or wrong. Like so many situations, balance should be the objective. You should never spend too long upfront planning the perfect user experience that will be out of date before going live, and you should never start developing software before you have some understanding of how that software is going to be used. Mike Gualtieri and I believe that the following techniques can help application delivery professionals find the perfect balance to achieve that outward Zen:
Mike Gualtieri and I will discuss this very interesting topic at the App Dev Forum in Boston on September 22-23.
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