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Hacking User Experience

Agile Leadership Network Houston

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Hacking User Experience

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Hacking User Experience

Please note this is a joint meeting with HUXPA 





There’s a dirty secret in the turf war between agile, lean, and waterfall: they each use the same product development process. What’s different isn’t their process, but how they apply design activities in different ways to eke out design value in different places.

So how can you alter the design process? Even better, how can you best customize the process to provide more value for the way your organization works? More importantly, how should you change the design process from sprint to sprint to get the most value out of your design activities?

How do you hack user experience?

Answer? It’s all about velocity, and you have four levers you can use to control your UX velocity and how you get value out of the design process:

  • Audience
  • Fidelity
  • Annotation
  • Communication

For each of these levers, we’ll examine how they inter-relate, how they govern the value you can get from design activities, and the issues and questions you should consider when hacking the user experience process.

This talk won’t be about nifty methods or collaboration or white boards or prototypes. When we’re done, you will leave with a toolbox for continually hacking the design process. You’ll understand why some nifty methods work for others and not for you. You’ll understand how to hack your own nifty methods that will work best for your team. And most of all, you’ll learn how to teach everyone on your team how to hack the design process.

SPEAKER : Austin Govella


Austin Govella is an Experience Design Manager with Avanade where he’s helping re-invent how large enterprises collaborate. Prior to Avanade, Austin worked for Comcast Interactive Media where he worked on early versions of Comcast Xfinity. In 2009, he co-authored the second edition of Information Architecture: Blueprints for the web with Christina Wodtke for New Riders/Peachpit, and he’s spent the last few years studying how agile teams, lean companies, and user experience designers can work better together.

6:00-6:30 PM - Enjoy networking with ALN Houston members and visitors while enjoying refreshments. 

6:30-8:00 PM – presentation by Austin Govella


Meeting Location

Sysco Corporation

1390 Enclave Parkway - Houston, Texas - 281-584-1390        

PARKINGPlease park in front of either Sysco building (1370 & 1390 Enclave Parkway).

If front lots are full, park on the street along Forkland Drive and walk around to the front entrance of 1390.

Also, due to construction, we suggest you avoid Eldride between I-10 and Memorial.


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PMPs may file for 1 PDU under Continuing Certification Requirements’ “Category 4: Other Providers."

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When & Where

Sysco Corporation
1390 Enclave Parkway
Houston, 77077

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Agile Leadership Network Houston promotes the growth of agile practices, shares real world experiences with agility, and provides a networking forum for like-minded professionals.

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