(This article is adapted from an interactive session Davide Petrillo and Chelsea Hostetter did at Ride the Lightning in January 2020. It is Part Three of a three-part series on intentionally integrating agile and design called “The Hidden Challenges of Design and Agile.”)
Welcome back. We’ve covered the hidden challenges of vocabulary and context in our previous articles and today, we’ll be tackling the third and final challenge of outcomes, or how to generate value without compromising the “spark” that makes agile methodology powerful and the design process innovative. …
Never did a conference have a more prophetic theme than interaction21 this year. “Design in Perilous Times” came on the heels of interaction20’s “A New Dawn,” which signifies a turning point in the way the design community perceives itself and how it will continue to grow going forward.
interaction21 is an annual global design conference run by the Interaction Design Association (IXDA) that showcases the latest trends and future thinking in interaction design (known also under the broader name of UX design). Its members are a tight-knit community of professionals who share resources and help one another to grow. …
You wouldn’t believe what a year it’s been.
Tokyo shut down. For a month, you could walk the streets of Shibuya, home of the busiest crosswalk in the world and pass less than ten people. Nowadays most everyone wears masks and people who can work from home, do. That’s probably not the case for you, since you’re an English teacher.
It also brought out issues of structural inequality, poverty and institutionalized violence that already existed, but are now being exposed to the public at large in Japan. …
(This article is adapted from a session Davide Petrillo and Chelsea Hostetter did at Ride the Lightning in January 2020. It is Part Two of a three-part series on intentionally integrating agile and design.)
In the first part of “The Hidden Challenges of Design and Agile”, we discussed the issue of overlapping vocabulary that often causes big misunderstandings. For example, a prototype within an agile context versus a design context can mean two different things depending on where you first learned the word. …
Lean UX, Design Sprints, Mobius Loop — all of these frameworks are bringing revolutionary change within the agile community by integrating pieces of design into day-to-day agile practices. As these frameworks increase in number, we pause to reflect. What is the problem we’re trying to solve? Agile has cadenced processes whose pace ends up constraining the creativity of design. Design is more than pixel pushing, however, its true breadth can be hard to grasp for non-designers. …
(This article is adapted from a lightning talk I did at IDEO Tokyo for Code Chrysalis’ MiniConf #8: Design Edition.)
Hello, I’m Chelsea. I work as a UX coach and designer at yamaneco, an agile coaching firm in Tokyo, Japan.
I’m a designer with a traditional agency background. Two years ago, I switched to working in product development and agile environments. Why? To find a bridge between design and agile.
I’ve worked for clients worldwide elevating their user experience and research strategy for over six years in English and Japanese. I recently joined yamaneco, an agile/UX coaching consultancy in Tokyo that helps integrate agile and design in teams. We work with teams of all skill levels to build unique, sustainable, and customized solutions for our clients.
When I first encountered agile as a designer, I was skeptical. I heard whispers…
The first time I had an LGBTQ-themed conversation with my friends, it was this: I was sixteen years old, hanging out with some close friends. We were doing what most girls our age were doing—having a sleepover. After a night of browsing magazines and talking about our lives, we settled into bed.
“Wouldn’t it be awful if you were gay?” one of my friends giggled.
My voice caught in my throat. “Yeah?” I asked. I hadn’t even considered whether I was or not, but somehow, the words stung.
“Cause we couldn’t sleep in the same room. It’d be gross.”
Design Researcher and UX Designer at @yamaneco_agile in Tokyo, Japan. Former frog and Goodpatchie. I write about design, agile and radical inclusion. They/them.