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Good Stuff on Agile and UXD

Best practices for user experience design and agile.  I don’t have the brainpower at the moment, or the experience and eloquence in general, to say it better than these guys.  So this week, I’m phoning it in, and deferring to these folks to say it far better than I can.

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User Goals and Corporate Goals

When defining requirements, you always start in the context of a goal – either a user goal or a corporate goal.  You need to be aware of both.  Having a positive user experience is important, and requires a user-centered understanding.  Achieving your corporate goals might be in conflict with some user goals.

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Flashback: This Week in the Past on Tyner Blain [Mar 8]

A look back at the best from this week in the past.

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Flashback: This Week in the Past on Tyner Blain [Feb 23]

A look back at the best from this week in the past.

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Use Case Management is a Tough Balancing Act

Learning how to write use cases can be tough, but it is simple compared to the balancing act of determining which use cases to write and how to manage the expectations of all the stakeholders that are involved. It can be a difficult balancing act to prioritize use cases to assure that you meet the goals of the business while satisfying the needs of the users.

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Managing Stakeholder Goals


A couple weeks ago we wrote about Outside-in Software Development, by Carl Kessler and John Sweitzer. One of their ideas about stakeholders and goals has got us thinking about traceability.

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Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-09-22]

A look back at the best from a year ago.

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APR: Information Architecture – Faceted Navigation

In our previous article in the series on the development of nexus, we discussed navigation and information architecture. We identified the challenge of filtering articles by category and by level of experience (beginner / expert), while also viewing the articles along a characteristic (most-viewed, highest-rated, etc). Between both url-creation and visible site-navigation, the challenge we explored was how to present one facet or dimension as primary and others as secondary.

One of our readers presented a third alternative – faceted navigation.

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APR: Information Architecture Challenge

We have an interesting information architecture challenge as part of our agile project. We have talked about browsing and searching articles organized both by category (product management, business analysis, etc) and by level of expertise (beginner, expert). We’re also rating and reviewing the articles, which introduces the ideas of “latest”, “most reviewed”, “highest rated”, etc.

This presents us with a three-dimensional way to approach structuring the information and navigation of the site.

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Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-03-03]

A look back at the best from a year ago.