Creating an Agile UX Manifesto

Pre-Conference Workshop

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About the Workshop

The original Agile Manifesto laid out four inspirational values and twelve specific principles. People quickly began to try and deliver against these using Scrum, Kanban, XP and other agile “frameworks”, and increasingly the practices of IAs, Interaction Designers and Creatives are expected to fall in-line.

Scrum has some great ideas but the strict time boxing can be problematic for creative discovery. Kanban is great for tactical work-flow management towards the end of a project, but estimating and reporting can be tough.

Both of us work in agile environments, but there’s a permanent question at the back of our heads. If we started from the same place, but with a UX perspective instead of a Developer perspective – would we come to the same end-game?

We will discuss the original four values and work to create and agree a set of UX specific principles to explore how well we really align with the mindset of the original signatories. As we do so, we’ll provide an environment for learning a bit more about Agile, sharing experiences and harness the wisdom of the crowd for the benefit of the wider community.

This workshop steps away from the assumption that we already have the right answer and uses a combination of democratic voting, group discussion and breakout brainstorming to attempt to arrive at some conclusions.

It starts by checking that everyone agrees with the original Manifesto’s values through voting on them in a plenary session. Dissent is handled by giving those individuals a chance to put their case and then re-voting. A declared majority (we decided on 10/14 last time) carries the proposal.

We then break out into smaller groups to facilitate brainstorming, discussion and inclusiveness (as well as reinforcing contribution and sharing) to define principles.

After a time period we collate the groups suggestions, cluster and combine them, and vote / discuss their validity as something to move forward with.