UX & Development: Playing Nicely Together

The good people at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing have opened their doors to iRockville and are offering a presentation on UX! Read the details below and make sure you sign up!

UX and Development: Playing Nicely Together
A symbiotic relationship between user experience and development requires work, but the results are amazing. When these two worlds collide and collaborate, work gets done faster and more efficiently, iterative design becomes a staple, and the project’s budget (and team) bears less stress.

However, collaboration like this isn’t always easily cultivated and sometimes people just don’t understand how to play nice. Add to this, a history of project managers focusing only on UX at the beginning and then attempting to bring development in at the tail end, and you have a recipe for team frustration and shrinking timelines.

So, can there be a silver lining from the storm? The answer is yes.

In our presentation, we’ll talk about how to begin engaging team members; best practices for facilitating, maintaining, and troubleshooting this collaboration; and the benefits of fostering a collaborative relationship so it can thrive.

Focusing on our method of using digital prototyping to bridge the gap between creative design and logical development, we’ll share our insights of implementing this tool as a way to encourage and empower team collaboration. Additionally, we'll discuss our own hurdles we overcame to show you how this can really be implement into your own project process.

From establishing a healthy collaboration between user experience designers and developers, we’ve had a notable amount of success with our projects. We’ve had shorter development time, less meetings (which everyone loves), and a better understanding of each other’s work. We’ll highlight a few examples of our success on projects.

Presenters:
Michelle Chin, User Experience Strategist, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
Jessica Hang, User Experience Strategist, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
Sarah Thrasher, Senior Web Developer, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
Andrew Wachholz, User Experience Strategist, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing

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  • Michelle C.

    We've posted our slide deck, which we've modified in between this presentation and Capital Camp. If you missed the event and/or want to see the new slides check them out here: http://www.slideshare.net/RockCreekStrategicMarketing/uxdev-capitalcamp-v2public-24763202

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the Nintendo pixel graphics presentation... only the whole time I had this weird urge to find some Nintendo controllers. So if the UX intent was to illicit a visceral response, you succeeded brilliantly. :)

    It was great, thank you.

    July 17, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Hey everyone! Oh behalf of Andrew, Sarah, Jess - we just wanted to say thanks for coming to the meet up last night and seeing our presentation! It was great to see familiar faces and many new ones at iRockville. If you missed it, we'll be presenting again at Capital Camp on Saturday, July 27 at 1pm. We'll post the slide deck on SlideShare shortly after that. We hope to see you guys at the iRockville Meet up at Capital Camp!

    July 17, 2013

  • Adam L.

    If time permits, I'd like to show off some conceptual tools we've been working on at Adobe to help make the process of design --> development better.

    July 12, 2013

    • Andrew

      Our plan was to have a couple of computers available after the presentation to showcase the results of our experiences (e.g., responsive prototype) so, we'll have a few places for you to boot up your tools.

      July 16, 2013

    • Adam L.

      Sorry I couldn't make it out. Got held up at work. :-(

      July 16, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Got beer and food! Change your RSVP if you can't make it.

    July 16, 2013

  • Tim M.

    10th floor! See the front desk if you can't come up.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to grab a quick bite and/or drink nearby beforehand? I'm getting off work in DuPont circle now and it only takes like 20 minutes to get to Friendship Heights... isn't worth going all the way home in between though.

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool I'm about 20 minutes out I'll see if there's enough time I'll get there

      July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You guys still here?

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there parking nearby?

    July 16, 2013

    • Michelle C.

      There's a garage under the building and it's $3 to park. :)

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks want to meet in the bar of Indique Heights? (First floor, same bldg as rock creek?]

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woohoo, UX.

    July 15, 2013

  • Brian L.

    I'll be out of town. Looks like a good event. Sorry to miss it!

    July 15, 2013

  • Betsy

    Three meet-ups I'd like to attend, all the same night!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really, really wanted to go to this, but I'll be out of town. If there are any materials I can access after it's over, that would be great!

    July 1, 2013

  • Andrew

    I'm excited to share our pain points of the process and hear what others have to say / have to share with everyone. This isn't me marketing the event - seriously, the whole team really know's their stuff. #lovemycrew #alwaysimpressed #madskillz

    June 25, 2013

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