Articles

Tape measure Estimation: What It Takes to Deliver Consumable Value in Agile Projects

Releasing in small batches is a good way to achieve quick feedback in your sprints, but these pieces don't have all the features users need. Providing consumable value is turning those small bites into a meal, and it’s worthwhile to estimate what it will take to deliver that—asking, “What consumable value do we expect to achieve, what duration and cost should we plan for, and how likely is it that the plan will succeed?”

Andy Berner's picture Andy Berner
User story card User Story Heuristics: Understanding Agile Requirements

Agile emphasizes just-in-time requirements rather than upfront preparation. The requirements person—be it the product owner, business analyst, product manager, or someone else—embodies the understanding of what is needed, and the user story represents the work that needs doing. This article details what user stories are (and what they are not).

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
Agile Development Conference West logo ADC West 2015 Keynote: Lean UX: Turn User Experience Design Inside Out

When developing products, features, and enhancements, you have to have your customers’ best interests at heart. “We’re not just creating software,” speaker Jeff Patton said. “We’re changing the world.” You need to better understand the people you’re building things for, and the only way to do that is to spend more time with them.

Beth Romanik's picture Beth Romanik
Bare Minimum Internationalization of Software

Internationalization isn’t only about dealing with other nationalities and languages. It’s about creating software for a multicultural world. Even if the software you’re testing won’t be translated entirely into another language, it still should meet some basic requirements for international visitors.

Rick Scott's picture Rick Scott

Better Software Magazine Articles

Automation’s Role in the Fall of Software Testing

Has the rise in test automation resulted in product releases of lesser quality? Besides adopting more comprehensive automated scripting, there are process and organizational dynamics to consider.

John Tyson's picture John Tyson
Incorporating User Experience into Early Agile Cycles

Chris Nodder explores the emerging need to focus on a software app's user experience. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to perform some basic user experience analysis as long as it is done early and tested throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Chris Nodder's picture Chris Nodder
Usability Testing with "CAN I USE THIS?"

David introduces a unique approach for application usability testing. Each letter of the memorable "CAN I USE THIS?" will assist with test idea generation.

David Greenlees's picture David Greenlees
No One Left Behind: Make Time for Accessibility Testing

Ten percent of the world's population lives with some sort of disability. So, is your software product optimized accessible to these people? Rajini Padmanaban takes a look at the different types of disabilities out there and the ways to ensure your product works well with as many of these needs as possible.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban

Interviews

Philip Lew discusses mobile app UX Mobile App UX and Usability: An Interview with Philip Lew
Podcast

In this interview, Philip Lew, the CEO of XBOSoft, talks about his upcoming presentation, how user experience relates to mobile, the connection usability shares with UX, and how your company can take an important first step towards improving your mobile user experience.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
persona researcher Nellie LeMonier How to Boost UX with Persona Research: An Interview with Nellie LeMonier

Nellie LeMonier shares firsthand experience with persona research and why its time and cost are well worth everyone's effort. By making sure that everyone is on board with persona research and is aware of its importance, you will help ensure that your project's UX is truly something special.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
The Future Is Mobile Technology: An Interview with Jonathan Kohl

Jonathan Kohl discusses where he thinks technology is headed, how mobile devices are changing what we test, and what all that time we spend socializing online is doing to workplace productivity.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer

Conference Presentations

STARCANADA 2019 Authoring an Accessibility Story
Slideshow

You'll learn character development techniques to build customer personas, strategies for plotting a "story" end to end, and tips for projecting potential obstacles.

Elizabeth Langston
Mobile Dev Test Vulnerabilities and Bugs in Mobile Apps with Quick Tours
Slideshow

As mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolve, testers in this changing domain must quickly adapt their thinking. Testers often struggle to find critical vulnerabilities and bugs in mobile applications due to lack of guidance, experience, and the right...

Raj Subramanian
Collocated West Logo Use Business Analysts for User Interface Design
Slideshow

Have you experienced difficulties eliciting “what would you like the system to do” from customers and SMEs? Have you then delivered the system only to find that the users don’t like it, even though it meets their stated requirements exactly? Cathy Sargent shares a technique for using...

Cathy Sargent
Usability Testing Goes Mobile
Slideshow

The introduction of mobile devices and applications presents new challenges to traditional usability testing practices. Identifying the differences between usability testing techniques for traditional desktop applications and mobile applications is critical to ensuring their acceptance and...

Susan Brockley, ExxonMobil

AgileConnection is a TechWell community.

Through conferences, training, consulting, and online resources, TechWell helps you develop and deliver great software every day.