Deep Planning

Planning for complexity and change, recognizing red flags, knowing when to not act.

Stop throwing your designs over the fence!

Is the Waterfall method washing away your carefully crafted designs? Harness Design Thinking and Dual-track agile and stop project handoff for good. Though software development has embraced agile, far too many of us still encounter waterfall or waterfall-adjacent processes in our design work. In the waterfall process we carefully think about and craft a visual …

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Galileo Galilei to no-handoff: using the scientific method to better integrate web development teams

There is often a tension between development and UX. If you have worked in the web industry for any amount of time you have come up against it at some point. You might be living through it now. It’s so widespead that many of us take it for granted as ‘the way things are’.  On …

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Parallel (or crossing) tracks in no-handoff projects

An indepth look at merging Agile development with UX and user-centered design. Agile is, at its heart, a flexible risk management method. But that flexibility can have a dark side. In fact, the better the development team is at applying agile the greater the danger of the organization becoming wrapped up in successful short-term efforts …

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The no-handoff method: bridging design and code

Project handoff is often compared to throwing your work over the fence for the next team to catch. Handoff is a near-universally recognized period of inefficiency and frustration. While user-centered frameworks like Agile have broken down barriers between development and the end user, in practice the divisions between designers and programmers still persist. It’s part …

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Information Architecture vs. User Experience

A question I’m often asked is about the relationship between Information Architecture and User Experience. Im interested in any other interpretations, below is how these two disciplines take shape in my projects. Information Architecture falls under the umbrella of User Experience. IA looks at the organization and structure of website content to maximize usability, and …

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Database Schematics vs. Wireframes

Wireframes are at the heart of the no-handoff process. A functional wireframe is built at the earliest possible moment, usually after just one discovery meeting. Its how we assess sitemap and navigation, forms, representative page content, and interactive elements in their natural habitat. But for sites with complex relational databases you also need a database …

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