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SEng Seminar Series: Guest, Dean Barker

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Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:15am
Keller Hall room 3-210
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Title: Agile UX Design: Transforming Projects, Processes, and Enterprises

Speaker: Dean Barker

Presented by the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center

Abstract: Agile methods are the most pervasive approach to software development today. They provide greater speed to market, increased risk management, and greater flexibility than traditional methods. But like traditional methods, they fail to make a place for User Experience (UX) design. And yet, for a software product all the value a company delivers flows through the user experience. Thus, UX design is a critical factor for successful products. How can UX process and Agile methods co-exist? Find out in this seminar where you will learn:
  • About the business value of user experience
  • Proven strategies to integrate UX design and user research into Agile
  • How to deal with scale
  • How to build “the right thing” in addition to “building it right”
  • How to tailor any SDLC to include user experience design

Bio: Dean Barker is a Vice President of Technology Engineering for Optum, a UnitedHealth Group business and leading supplier of healthcare software. He leads the UX Design Studio, a 150-person User Experience team and is part of Optum’s leadership team for Agile Coaching and Transformation. He has two decades of experience in software design and consulting. He is an editor and author of ISO standards for software quality and usability and has co-authored a book on speech user interfaces. Mr. Barker co-teaches Graphical User Interface Design and Evaluation for the UMN MSSE program and is also a Guest Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University for the Integrating Humans and Technology course in The Whiting School of Engineering.
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