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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The pep talk you need BEFORE starting your online business

I’ve spent more than a decade in the trenches as a web developer and UX designer, working with entrepreneurs to create and grow their online businesses. Ive learned a few things along the way. Below are the top ten pieces of advice I now share with friends embarking on their online businesses. If you are …

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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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Dual-track agile is a game-changer for designers

As a UX manager I have found one of the stickiest challenges I face is fully integrating design and development teams. The pace of each discipline is different, so is their vocabulary, the information that drives their work, and their intermediate goals. I developed the no-handoff agile method to address these challenges, and one of …

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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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