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Rails for UXers

About the Talk

We are going to go over basic concepts and practices of integrating yourself (an agile UXer) into an agile rails development team. Market research and traditional user experience design are, by practice, waterfall methods. Ruby on rails development environments are almost all agile and finding ways to seamlessly contribute to the team can be difficult. We will go over the basic concepts of Ruby on Rails, and highlight some best practices to integrate tightly either as a consultant or in-house talent.


6:30 to 7:00pm - Space opens, meet & greet

7:00 to 8:00pm - Presentation, discussion

About the presenter

Steve Berry is a UX/UI/Usability expert. He currently is the User Experience Director at Efficiency 2.0 in New York City. Steve also runs Thought Merchants, a user experience consulting company where he worked with dozens of clients ranging from start-ups to large companies. Steve is an award winning visual and information designer with extensive experience in usability heuristics.

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  • Noah G.

    Hey all - for those who were asking yesterday for more about Jeff Gothelf and Lean UX at, here are two good articles:

    - How integrated UX into agile

    -Lean UX today @ TheLadders (published yesterday!)

    For even more - come see Jeff and our team at the Agile UX Meetup on June 2!

    May 20, 2011

  • Josh S.

    The talk didn't match the title. Too bad, because the speaker was engaging and knowledgable, and if he had correctly titled the talk it would have been a useful entry-level overview of good practices. As it was, it was not what I came to hear.

    May 20, 2011

  • Isaac L.

    I recommend this article for poeple interested in pursuing Agile/Scrum methodologies. See my comments under my name, Isaac Loloey.

    May 20, 2011

  • Michele M.

    excellent as always! Great presentation!

    May 20, 2011

  • Michele M.

    Hi Steve, would love you to discuss this: agile 1-2 week sprints, UI is 2-3 sprints ahead. dev says whenever he sees new set of UI it requires database refactoring and adds 6-12 hours of each sprint to refactor. is that normal in agile? how to avoid? should ALL business logic, database designs, wireframes of all pages and probably some UIs be done before code is started? Thanks!

    May 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Steve - you may already cover this but... There are so many different things that can be installed with Rails - what, have you found to be the 'bare bones minimum' in getting up / running / prototyping (and why)? As an example, perhaps TDD/Cucumber is/is not needed? Thanks!

    May 19, 2011

  • Steve B.

    If anybody has questions about something in particular they would like to hear about please let me know. I will be sure to cover it or at least cover it in the Q+A session after.

    May 12, 2011

  • Steve B.

    I would love to! If you know any groups that want a UX talk email me.

    May 4, 2011

  • Alex S.

    Wish I could make it to this! Hope you do it again sometime Steve. Think you could take it on the road to Philly sometime this summer?

    May 3, 2011

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