Agile Business

I was recently contacted about a project where a company in London intends on becoming Agile at a business level. I was somewhat taken a back at the concept as I know several other companies had tried and expensively failed to dramatically change how a business works. So I asked the critical question who is saying this can be done The answer not unsurprisingly top experts from the USA The term experts from out of town always concerns me, because its a throw away for don’t worry your pretty little head, its all taken care of My supposed role would have been digital transformation, IRead More →

1. Anyone can do user experience, nope! I meet a lot of people claiming to do user experience, process and deliverables aside, they don’t have a usability background so they cannot do user experience. User experience is a solution capability based upon usability principles and research findings not design aspirations User experience is a solution capability (not all usability people can do user experience) based upon the experience of conducting usability testing and user research. Usability testing and user research provides the standards and experience of the user that is needed to understand their perspective, elicit the correct (there are wrong ones) requirements in workshops or testingRead More →

I have been an Agile practitioner a very long time, in fact as an Instructional Designer I was very excited when Agile was created based upon Computer Human Interaction methods and thinking. As one complete fully applied process Agile is astoundingly effective at bringing together all the best capabilities within a project team and totally removing the hierarchical and often power crazed notion of single point leadership. Agile and Structured Business Agile, however does not remove the need for formal and structured Program Management that interfaces with and supports a more formal set of business processes. I can only say this from experience, if you have managedRead More →

Karl Smith Experience Consultant

About Karl Smith Karl Smith works globally with directors, stakeholders and customers of multi-national enterprises across all verticals and technology stacks whose focus is on new concepts and capabilities that drive customer engagement, interaction and retention. He creates digital companies, strategies and services that drive customer centricity into the core of client companies, that in turn enable them to realise their ambitions to engage with and establish a consistent two-way communication and interaction with their customers. These new companies and capabilities are underwritten with tailored blue sky work, digital strategy, management consulting and program planning fitting to tight timescales, strategically correct, fully featured, useable, governable, scalable,Read More →

Ever since transformation and change were linked to technology some of the worst parts of both have been combined on a national level and within major companies. Giving users less functionality than they currently have and telling them it’s a great leap forward. It is astonishing but this is the most common failing in projects, for some reason senior stakeholders appear to be convinced that technology is good and experience is bad. And if they concentrate on a new end state, all that is bad will go away. In a sad way all that is experience and knowledge are the things that go away oftenRead More →

Information Systems

Blended Program Management I have been involved in project and program management since 1989 across various sectors and more recently have been focused in banking and finance. I have experience in Prince and Agile methodologies and will expand on the blending of these two methods through the use of user stories (a user experience method) and the positive relationship between waterfall and iteration components in the following parts of this post. Simply put (before getting into the detail) Prince and Agile = Delivery and in Banking and Finance they can give startling results. This will not be a shock to many people but I’m not goingRead More →

Design thinking in User Experience

Getting into user experience, what you need to know? What will a person need to be able to do to get into user experience; 1. Can you think? Not the most subtle way to ask, but can you be creative? Thinking at the beginning of a project can save a huge amount of money and time later, but many user experience people blast their way into a project by starting on wireframes, without knowing what they are doing. A huge amount of user experience simply is not user experience, its pretty pictures with poor justifications ‘it’s best practice’ my usual response is ‘prove that it’s bestRead More →