Userfocus Usability Newsletter, February 2014

Welcome to the February edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

These days I find myself working increasingly with teams struggling to make user experience work within Agile (specifically Scrum) environments. What turns out to be interesting is that although the development methodology is new, many of the problems are familiar. For example, since the dawn of product development, design teams have wrestled with the question of which functions to deploy first. In Scrum, they call this prioritising the product backlog. This month I've written an article on how we can apply the notion of red routes to answer that age-old question: what should we work on first?

I hope you find the article useful.

David Travis

Feature article: How red routes can help you take charge of your product backlog

"Design is easy," writes branding expert Marty Neumeier. "All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead." One element that makes design difficult is a lack of constraints. Focusing on your product's red routes provides the key constraint you need to ship a high value product from version 1. Read the article in full: How red routes can help you take charge of your product backlog.

What we’re reading

Some interesting usability-related articles that got our attention over the last month:

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