location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 25th 03:00 - 03:20 PM place Grand Ballroom 1

Traditionally, in software development, user experience (UX) wasn't valued as much as developing of the software itself. But this has changed rather radically. However, creating an enriching user experience in an agile fashion is still challenging. Most of the agile engineering practices in use are around building software but seldom address UX. When building a product in an agile fashion, UX in an incremental fashion becomes important.

In this talk, we will present our experience of creating UX in an incremental fashion for a virtual wallet. We will also talk about the different challenges we faced such as, educating various stakeholders on the value of incremental UX, building collaboration between developers and experience designers and abstracting design components, along with the solutions we devised to tackle these challenges.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Case Study

We will present a case study in the following format:

  1. Context on the product we are building along with the challenges
  2. Solutions for each of the challenges (along with showcases)
  3. Conclude with the Key takeaways

 

Learning Outcome

We will focus on the following take-aways:

  1. Creating initial brand guidelines and setting a high level UX vision for the product in an agile context.
  2. Creating and maintaining Live Style Guide to help incremental design. We will show samples of our Live Style Guide and how we incrementally built it.
  3. Maintaining documentation incrementally to assist distributed teams work seamlessly on UX aspects.
  4. Incremental feature research - Plan for UX research at a feature level (not at the product level) and including this in the iteration/release planning.
  5. Paper prototyping to accommodate changes faster in the design

Target Audience

Experience Designers, Developers, Product Managers

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