In my previous article, I wrote about some of the misconceptions with “agile” that I see in organisations. This article will focus on one of them specifically – the common (mis)understanding that agile—and more recently lean start-up methods—are seen as operational and tactical, rather than strategic. Where does the confusion comes from? In particular, I want to acknowledge the role that the person who leads the project operations plays in realising the product vision and creating a context for the team to succeed. That person could be a Scrum Master, or an Agile Project Manager, or a Delivery Manager, depending on the context.
For the longest time I’ve maintained that Service Design was a specific discipline, distinct from UX Design. It’s true that they have a lot in common, like the way both fields approach problems through a user-centred lens. They also use many of the same tools, such as design games and personas. Even some of their distinctive tools, like the service delivery blueprint have similarities with our own user journey maps. But if you spent any time with a credible Service Design agency five or ten years ago, you’d easily spot the differences.
Thanks to progressive enhancement we can use lots of awesome CSS features right now, even though not everyone uses a browser which supports them.
I’d like to address some of the top challenges that I see people face with implementing a culture of agile philosophy in our industry. I am an Operations person. I call it Operations because of the huge amount of grief associated with the various guises of project management (project manager, program manager, ScrumMaster, Agile Coach and many more), largely due to the behaviours exhibited when this role goes wrong.
September is a busy time for events. Here in Brighton, there’s the Digital Festival, packed full of events for the whole month. Many of those events will be happening right here at our 68 Middle Street event space.
Jason shared some thoughts on designing progressive web apps. One of the things he’s pondering is how much you should try make your web-based offering look and feel like a native app.
It’s the end of the day and the orange street lights are coming on. Tucked between the skyscrapers of London’s Liverpool Street station there’s a terraced house, no more than 4 storeys high, a rich smell of wood smoke, and baked bread. Candles flickering in the window.
Scissors open on the table. Seven empty coffee cups. Ripped up magazines. A wall full of colourful images and wild ideas on post-it notes. It’s been a creative day. A content strategist, a UXer and a designer have been finding their way to that place where imagery collides with language and creates a special kind of chemical reaction.
Are designers evolving from just UX designers or just visual designers into multi-disciplinary generalists? There seems to be higher-quality design all-rounders coming back into vogue.
Andy Budd describes our company wide meeting ritual, the 3 questions we ask everybody, and why we switched from Monday mornings to Friday afternoons. If you have your own company meeting ritual—be that a stand-up meeting at the start of thew week or a stand-down meeting over drinks on a Friday—we’d love to hear form you.
Sometimes, when you’ve got your sleeves rolled up and your hands deep in the innards of a project, it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I don’t just mean the context of the overall project, but the even wider context of the medium we’re working in. For us, that’s the web.
Public speaking is something most of us are faced with at some point in our careers, whether it’s running a meeting, presenting to clients, or talking at an industry event. Over the years I’ve met plenty of people who would make amazing speakers, if they could get over their nerves. To help, we’ve decided to run a half day workshop on public speaking as part of the Brighton Digital Festival.
On Saturday, I ran a workshop for codebar students who would like to build their own portfolio or blog website. It was my first time organising and running a workshop, so it was challenging, but I loved every minute. I also learnt a lot from it.
A few days ago I pushed the button on the 1.0 release of Fractal, the open-source tool we use to build and document component libraries at Clearleft.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen an increasing number of people using the term “UX strategy”. But Is UX strategy real or imaginary? Is it something you can define and differentiate from other forms of strategy, or is it just a fancy job title to aggrandise yourself, up your day rate, and sell more consultancy hours?
Last week I attended Webvisions Barcelona for the second time - I came away last year with some great inspiration, plenty of food for thought (figuratively and literally) and a few extra freckles, so my expectations this time were high.
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