Building Better Software with HCDAgile

1904labs Agile development and Human-Centered Design (HCD) practice leads at Gateway to Innovation 2018.

Gateway to Innovation 2018

MAY 16th, 2018

1904labs Agile development and Human-Centered Design (HCD) practice leads presented Building Better Software with HCDAgile at Gateway to Innovation 2018. The presentation discussed techniques for combining Agile development practices and Human-Centered Design in an innovative and effective way at 1904labs.

Building Better Software with HCDAgile

Perhaps trying to combine Agile development with a process that seems somewhat less than…well, agile, may or may not be a match made in heaven. Agile development focuses on iterative development, minimal documentation, and working code. By contrast, Human-Centered Design (HCD) focuses on research, analysis, and user testing and validation – activities that can take longer and occur at a less regular cadence than an Agile development sprint.

Like great music, disruptive technology, and tasty sandwiches, bringing together what may appear to be incompatible elements can result in a product that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

So, how is it possible to bring these two seemingly disparate approaches together?

1904labs has built our engagement model on the integration of Agile development and Human-Centered Design. John Royle and Carol Righi are on the Leadership team of 1904labs, and have been instrumental in helping shape the approach.

Their presentation walks through how we practice it, what its benefits and challenges are, and why we believe this approach can help you build the “right thing” and build the “thing right”.

Questions and Answers from the Forum

How do you create a road map in an HCDAgile world?

How do you use HCD to enhance legacy systems?

What is the role of the product owner in HCDAgile?

How do you advocate for HCD where it is not already established?

  • Where does the HCD Engineer position fall within the organization?

How does an embedded HCD engineer split time between team and users?

How do you pitch HCD to executives?

Can an HCD engineer be embedded in more than one project at a time?