In preparation for the talk I’m giving at September’s Northern User Experience meetup, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how user experience practices are accommodated within an agile process. One of the main things that keeps cropping up is the idea of the user experience practitioner as an advocate; for users naturally, but also just for user experience work itself.
Initially, the question of how to fit together ux, much of which developed as part of a waterfall process, into an agile an process seems like a complex one. But I’m increasingly of the opinion that the problem is simple; if the team understands the requirement for user experience design, then the problems with incorporating it into an agile process aught to be tackled by the team when they review process.
That doesn’t make the other issues trivial, but that underlying commitment to user experience is vital. Teams who have that will do what is necessary to make the ux work happen.