Past Events

10/07/2010: Getting the user experience right on Agile projects – Hugh Beyer

October 7, 2010

Slides from the October 2010 meeting 

Hugh Beyer

        Hugh Beyer

Agile methods tend to overlook the role of user experience design. As a result, it is often unclear how to fit user-focused activities into an Agile project, from user research through setting requirements, designing the user interface, and user testing.

Hugh Beyer has been helping Agile teams get the user experience right since 2004. In this talk, he discusses what he’s learned about how to integrate UX into Agile projects—what works, what doesn’t, and how to avoid the pitfalls. He shows what UX designers bring to the table and how to leverage their skills to achieve Agile goals.

About the speaker:

Hugh Beyer has more than 25 years of experience building and designing applications, systems, and tools. He is co-founder and CTO of InContext Design, a company bringing user-centered design to development teams since 1992. Hugh was one of the pioneers working with Agile teams to bring a strong user interaction design focus to Agile development efforts, reconciling careful UX design with the fast iterations and minimal up-front planning core to Agile approaches.


Before co-founding InContext, Hugh acted as lead developer and architect in a range of systems at Digital Equipment Corp. His domains of experience include object-oriented repositories, databases, and integrated software development environments. Since starting InContext, Hugh has overseen the design of applications from desktop to web to mobile, and from enterprise to small business to consumers in the wide variety of industries supported by InContext. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.