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UX Meets Agile: Design Studio Methodology

05.05.2011
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Design Studio is a quite simple and efficient way to run UX meetings. Yesterday we tried it for the first time. There are several variations of Design Studio, we made it simple for the first run and set the following rules:

  1. Define problem.
  2. Sketch 5 ideas individually. No more than 5 minutes per idea.
  3. Present and categorize ideas to the team.
  4. Discuss positive and negative sides of the ideas.
  5. Select interesting ideas and create 2 versions for each final final solutions.

We ran Design Studio for the first time to design Email Integration plugin UI. This plugin allows to setup emails integration and define some rules like “bind email to project and create request”. This way TargetProcess retrieves emails and does some interesting things.

Alex, UX designer, is asking some questions.
wall with sketches

Sketches categorized by ideas: 1 vertical line = 1 category.
wall with sketches

Sticky notes show votes for each idea. 3 ideas have been selected as top ideas.
wall with sketches

Hot discussion.
wall with sketches
wall with sketches

2 most repeated ideas: define email rules via drop downs and via drag and drop
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The wall overview
wall with sketches

Resulting Sketches

Setup email rules via drop downs

Setup email rules via drag and drop

In general, the meeting went fine. It took about 2 hours to generate, discuss and select ideas. 8 people participated in the meeting, and it seems too many. I think it is much better to have 4-5 people, no more. Also the ideas convergence phase should be improved. Too many people generate too much buzz, so it is harder to make decisions. Anyway, we are going to try Design Studio again and adjust it to our needs.

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