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Lessons Learned Integrating UX Into Agile Teams

General Agenda

6:00 - 6:30pm - Tool Talk

6:30 - 6:50pm - Open networking

6:50 - 7:00pm - Announcements

7:00 - 8:00pm - Presentation

8:00 - 8:15pm - Q&A, Open networking (hard stop at 8:15pm)


Presentation Overview

As Agile has evolved, it has become a challenge to get dependent teams working together in a synchronous fashion. One type of team that has always presented a challenge to me, as a development manager, has been the UX team. This talk explores my various attempts at integrating UX into Agile Teams. It tells of the sordid history, of what worked, and what truly did not. I will also work with the audience and gather their ideas, patterns, and potential solutions. After the conference, I will gather the results and publish them.

Brian's BIO

Brian Sobus is currently the Director of Interactive for Centerline Digital in Raleigh, North Carolina, and previously one of the functional Development Managers at iContact in Morrisville, North Carolina. Brian has held director, manager and contributor level positions in mainly software development focused organizations. He has over 15 years of experience working in the following areas: Public Safety, Healthcare and HIPAA-compliant systems, Digital Signatures, Computer Security, Telecommunications, SaaS-based products and Marketing.

He has a broad background that spans embedded to web-based systems architecture and development in a wide variety of languages and technologies.

Brian is an active member of IEEE and the Agile Alliance. He has a heavy interest in the Agile Methodologies and direct experience leading Agile teams in the SCRUM Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and Kanban.

Tools Talk

Code and concepts for 3d Data Visualization

Come see how scripting languages can be used with 3d platforms to get more out of your data buy using interactive 3d models. She what you can do to highlight previoulsy hidden aspects of your data. Examples will be from LSL Script on OpenSim, and JavaScript in Unity3d.

AgileBill has used 3d modelling tools since 2009 and is a graduate of the University of Washington's program for these environments. The third trimester focused on scripting and featured the author of 'Scripting your World' as the teaching assistant. Bill has also examine what the Federal government has done in this space through attending the Federal Consortium of Virtulal Worlds conferences at the National Defense University in Washington DC.

Bill's BIO

Bill specializes in distributed teams. He has participated in distributed conferences for educators for four years with over 1,200 people each year. He uses interactive 3d tools to teach better. He trains coaches on tools for distributed teams and hosts a conference on distributed teams.

His certifications include CSM, CSP, MBTI, IGTF, and Innovation Games (R) Qualified Instructor. He completed his certification in virtual worlds from the one year program at the University of Washington.

Bill is the founder of the Distributed Agile Congress user group, and a member of Agile RTP, ALN, PMI, ACM, Avalumni, the Scrum Alliance, and Agile Alliance.

He is currently a Distributed Agile Coach at Allscripts where he pairs with another coach to Agileize 2,600 people. He also hosts events to benefit people with disabilities with

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  • Jeff B.

    I just uploaded Agile Bill's slides from the Tech Talk:

    August 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion Brian, am sure it will be a hit at Agile 2012 in Dallas. There's a local UX group called Triangle UXPA that puts on great events folks might be interested in, info at

    August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting topic, especially when this is the first I have ever heard of UX that's not part of Unix :-)

    August 8, 2012

  • Daniel H.

    Good topic, seems interesting to many people. Would have liked more time for the discussion component of the presentation with the audience.

    August 8, 2012

  • Peter S.

    As usual a very good discussion. I wish we would have gotten earlier into a discussion about UX specific contribution to a project/product - like when the UX expert explained the two aspects of UX (research and design).

    August 8, 2012

  • Gary P.

    Thought provoking. Thanks!

    August 8, 2012

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