user experience

Articles

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
Designing Scenarios for Agile Stories

The needs to improve the time to market of a quality product and adapt to a changing business environment are driving organizations to adopt agile practices in order to be competitive in the marketplace. However, a project team is bound to face difficulties if it is not trained on the fundamentals of agile. Read on to learn how to design scenarios for agile stories using a structured framework.

Sharath Bhat's picture Sharath Bhat
Arming Advertisers vs. Users: Social Media Platforms at Odds`

Twitter and App.net both made headlines recently by taking completely different approaches to reach the same goal - dominance in the world of social media.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
True Performance: Moving Beyond Basic Load Testing

Basic load testing is valuable, but it's important to move past simplistic efforts. Here are some ways to gain more accurate metrics from your load tests.

Jim Holmes's picture Jim Holmes

Better Software Magazine Articles

Playing Games to Improve Software

You may not have heard about gamification, but instructional designers are now using game principles to help with retention of learned material in many forms of training. Ross Smith and Rajini Padmanaban believe that developers' UX and app design can benefit from gamification.

Ross Smith's picture Ross Smith Rajini Padmanaban
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
A Tale of Two Doctors and the Value Stream

Johanna Rothman compares the experience a patient has with doctors to software development. Producing value implies that the customer believes the software you create provides an important benefit by taking into  consideration the way a user works along with an exceptional user experience.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Building Mobile Apps the User Can Trust

It seems like every week there's a new security disaster impacting millions of users worldwide. With the acceptance of mobile apps providing timely data at your fingertips, users are becoming very concerned about security. Philip gives you some impactful tips for developing apps that create trust with end-users.

Philip Lew's picture Philip Lew

Interviews

The Blueprint for Effective Software Quality Management: An Interview with Neeraj Tripathi

In this interview, Neeraj Tripathi, vice president of Global QA at Infor, goes over the principles of effective software quality management. He explains how to measure customer satisfaction and how active QA involvement eliminates defects early and shifts quality left.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
I Don’t Want to Talk about Bugs: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Janet Gregory
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with agile testing coach and practitioner Janet Gregory. During the STARWEST 2015 conference, she presented the keynote "I Don’t Want to Talk about Bugs: Let’s Change the Conversation."

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Continuous Integration and Mobile Application Testing: An Interview with Prathap Dendi
Video

In this interview, Prathap Dendi speaks about Ship.io and why testers should be interested in continuous integration and continuous delivery, as well as why agile is such a natural fit for mobile development. Prathap also tackles the impact of cloud and mobile on international business.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
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

Conference Presentations

A Tester’s Experience with User Experience Mapping
Slideshow

Let's take an off-the-beaten-path approach to quality—testing based on actual user experiences. Being aware of surroundings and emotions while using intuition and instincts are attributes of great testing. With the right tools and approaches, we can learn to tap into users’ experiences to...

Marjana Shammi
Product Backlog Refinement: Grooming Your User Stories
Slideshow

The Scrum Guide describes Product Backlog Refinement as “the act of adding detail, estimates, and order to items in the Product Backlog.” New and even experienced agile teams often underestimate the importance of well-groomed stories and find the process of reviewing numerous stories...

Becky Moshenek, ANCILE Solutions
Observation: The Key to a Great User Experience
Slideshow

Observation is an important research technique when we are designing solutions to delight users. Some kinds of information that may make the difference between an acceptable solution and a delightful one can only be obtained by observing users in their native environment. Observing users...

Geri Winters, Wyyzzk, Inc.
User Stories: From Fuzzy to Razor Sharp
Slideshow

User stories are the basis for products built using agile development. User stories are relatively short, comprised of enough information to start the development process, and designed to initiate further conversation about details. Short doesn’t necessarily mean useful. Ambiguous stories...

Phil Ricci, Agile-Now

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