The aim of the Agile Safari is to help members of the UX community get to grips with different techniques to better integrate UX into the Agile development process, as many (if not most) find working within Agile to present a myriad challenges. The Agile Safari participants visit different companies who can then share their experiences of how they’ve approached these problems, and really give people a chance to explore and question how they do things.
As a UX Designer who has just joined Mind Candy, I was really excited that Mind Candy would be hosting the first Agile Safari at Moshi HQ. One of the reasons that I was so excited to join Mind Candy was due to their forward thinking, steadfast approach to working in Agile. As a fast paced start-up, Mind Candy have a really strong commitment to Agile that is pervasive across the business, and though its practices are far from perfect, the Agile Safari was a great way to show others how we work and get a really interesting and much needed discussion flowing about UX and Agile thinking.
About 50 people came to hear the Mind Candy panel talk. They were also treated to a guided tour of our office – with a long stop off at our gigantic board of awesomeness to explain how we work in practice (as well as our newly built treehouse!).
Our scrum master spoke about how we ‘do agile’ in broad terms, then it was over to Martyn, the other half of our UX team, to speak about how Mind Candy have tried to take a user-centred approach since its inception, and how this has manifested itself in the agile process. Then it was over to myself – I spoke around my first impressions of how Mind Candy’s agile thinking is affecting me as a UX designer and the benefits and challenges that this brings. Finally, Axel, our interactive designer spoke about the challenges of incorporating design into agile.
After the talk, there was some Q&A, and then we were off to the pub to get some really interesting discussions going. It was so awesome to meet other UX designers who face the same challenges but yet share the same keen desire to really ‘make it work!’
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I’m really pleased that we got to host such a lovely bunch of people! Thanks to everyone who came and to Johanna for organising! :)
Photos courtesy of Cat Burton!