about me

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I am a usability expert and a believer in agile. Integrating user-centered design with iterative development results in a collaborative environment with happy users and happy team members.

I currently work with a team of developers using a mix of agile methods including scrum and kanban. As the UX person on the team, I focus on understanding the needs of stakeholders, customers, and users so I can help the team make good decisions and deliver a product that meets or exceeds expectations.

I have a background in HCI (Masters) and Computer Science (BS). I don’t code at work, but my knowledge of that domain helps me understand and adapt to the challenges my team faces.

This blog is about the user experience part of the agile equation–methods that I have tried and would like to share with the community. Thanks for visiting!


4 Responses to “about me”

  1. I very impressed

    Posted by William Ryan | April 22, 2012, 9:19 pm
  2. Hi Maria,

    I am a user experience designer and director who has been doing product/architectural/ux design for 25+ years. Since moving into UX (form Product) I’ve been struggling with how to communicate what you have expressed here to product folks and developers. From my perspective this makes perfect sense – its an efficient and effective system. Can you tell me how you’ve been able to get stakeholders on board with model?

    Posted by Leah | March 19, 2015, 9:50 pm
    • Hi Leah,

      Your developers will always be skeptical about a new process:) You need to identify a problem they are experiencing and work on building consensus around the need for change and a desired end state. The methods you choose should directly target that, and you should be willing to scrap a method if it doesn’t seem to resonate with the team the first time around. Don’t be afraid to morph methods into new ones based on what your teams like and don’t like. Once your stakeholders realize that you’re focusing on solving a problem rather than forcing a specific process down their throat, they will become more open to trying new things with you and suggesting process improvements of their own.

      Hope that helps, and let me know how it goes!

      Posted by Maria | March 19, 2015, 10:27 pm

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