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Taking Control of Agile UX intensive

Tame the Chaos and Deliver Better Results.

A free Intensive led by Jared Spool
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When: July 19 - 23 (and Bonus Sessions July 26 + 28)
Time commitment: 10-hours
Price: Free
Where: Here in our Leaders of Awesomeness community
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In 10 hours: Tame the chaos and take control of Agile UX.

The biggest irony of the shift to Agile is that it’s exactly what the UX world has been seeking for years. Yet, now that it’s here and it seems we’re wholly unprepared for it.

Now that the tables have turned and developers are ready to iterate quickly, our standard UX toolbox feels inadequate for the task. Sure, we can squeeze all of our design work into some sort of “sprint zero” phase, but that just seems to get people upset because it reinvents big-design-up-front, something the Agile movement is desperately trying to get us away from.

Our challenge is to learn what we can about this Agile world and start to adapt to it. We have to cut our designs into chunks while ensuring that it feels like a coherent, well-thought-out design after all the pieces fit together. Unfortunately, Agile doesn’t help us with this. Primarily because Agile was not conceived with a UX component—we’re on our own for this one.

Between Monday, July 19 and Friday, July 23, you’ll spend 10 hours diving deep with Jared Spool, to explore how to make Agile and UX work together flawlessly.

You’ll attend the session times that works best for you and your team.

  • Reframe Agile to Deliver Great UX - Monday, July 19

  • Use UX Research to Drive the Meaning of “Done” - Tuesday, July 20

  • Establish UX Metrics for Agile - Wednesday, July 21

  • Build Your Agile Team’s UX Capabilities - Thursday, July 22

  • Inspire Your Agile Teams with What Users Truly Need - Friday, July 23

Jared hosts the Implementation and Inspiration Sessions to review your assignments that assess your Agile and UX processes. You’ll identify weak spots and make plans for the changes your teams need.

  • Identify Your Agile UX Weak Spots - Tuesday, July 20

  • Planning Your Research Upgrade - Wednesday, July 21

  • Identifying Your Key UX Metrics - Thursday, July 22

Don’t miss these Bonus Sessions:

  • The Mindset Shifts Your Stakeholders Will Need for Successful Agile UX - Monday, July 26

  • Scaling User Research: A Q&A with Fidelity’s Jen Cardello - Tuesday, July 27

  • Design is Not the Frosting on the Scaled Agile Layer Cake: A Q&A with USAA’s Erin Hauber - Wed, July 28

Each session builds on the next. So don’t miss a moment. (We’ll post recordings shortly after each session, but your best bet is to catch it live.)


Tame the chaos that is Agile UX. Take Control. 

Join our free Intensive by joining our Leaders of Awesomeness community then joining the Taking Control of Agile UX intensive program.


Weekly Live UX Strategy discussions

Once a week, every week (usually on Mondays at 2pm ET that's 18:00 GMT) we host a live discussion here — in our Leaders of Awesomeness community — with community co-host Jared Spool. We call these events Talk UX Strategy with Jared Spool, each talk is free and recorded in the community.


Upcoming Talk UX Strategy Discussions:

MVPs: Good or Bad? (Hint: Usually Bad.)
Monday, June 28 at 2pm ET (18.00 GMT)

The Agile Myth of Big Design Up-Front
Tuesday, July 6 at 2pm ET (18.00 GMT) (Note: this is a Tuesday session due to the Independence Day holiday)

What Happens When Agile Is "Done Wrong?"
Monday, July 12 at 2pm ET (18.00 GMT)


Hosted by Center Centre – UIE's Jared Spool and Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman.

What is Leaders of Awesomeness?

You’re about to join a community of more than 27,000 UX design, research, and content leaders. Our community is the place where UX leaders come to share, reflect, and grow.

Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman, Jared Spool, and the team at Center Centre – UIE launched this new online community for UX leaders to gather and share their experience and wisdom. We’d love for you to join too.

In addition to thoughtful community discussion around all matters of UX leadership topics, we host free weekly live discussions, called Talk UX Strategy with Jared Spool.

To be part of the discussion, just join the community. Once you’re in, you’ll find all the event details, including how to participate in the topics. (Can’t make those times, no worries. We post the recordings of every session in the community.)


Note: After you request to join the Leaders of Awesomeness community, look in your inbox for an email with a link to finish the process. (We have to manually approve you, so it may take a few minutes to show up.)

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