Discussion Archive: September 2004

8 Sep 2004 - 11:32am
Michael Bartlett

Agile Software Engineering & User Centered Desig n

Hi Satyam,

We practise eXtreme Programming here, and have done so for about 4 years
now. We initially were trained by the guru's themselves and followed the
rules very closely.

I was having a tough time with the process because all functionality was
specified on little pieces of paper which never described the actual UI of
the product. Also the "stories" were very functional and often did not zoom
out to the bigger picture of interaction with the product.

8 Sep 2004 - 10:38am
11 years ago
2 replies

Agile Software Engineering & User Centered Design

Hi All,
I been looking for Input: If anyone of you have worked with
organizations that follow the Agile Software Engineering Methodology,
especially the Scrum process. I was specifically looking for inputs,
insights on
1. Involvement of UCD in Agile SE
2. Typical Deliverables

Feel free to email me off the list too
'satyam.kantamneni at WildCardSystems.com'. I will post a summary to the

8 Sep 2004 - 9:14am
Nick Ragouzis

FW: Re: Cut and Paste vs. Move (was: Make it quantitative...)

Thanks for the reply, Jef. More power to you. Press
onward. Establish new frontiers for us all. Fight
the good fight. (q.v. Robert Coover's Briar Rose)

Perhaps you could clear something up, tho'. What is
the antecedent to this fragment?

Jef Raskin wrote:
> And it's marketable.


8 Sep 2004 - 8:07am
11 years ago
2 replies
Jim Hoekema

Reduce the message about reducing messages?

In the sprit of the above message (and in the interest of brevity), may I
suggest the following re-wording:

[Please quote only the most relevant parts of previous messages.]


Jim Hoekema

8 Sep 2004 - 7:44am
11 years ago
2 replies
Dave Collins

Re: Programming and IxD (was- Help: Lookingforanother me)

>I want to work for a company that is concerned with IxD - but do not
wish to
be pigeon holed as either as an IxD'er, or Programmer.

8 Sep 2004 - 7:34am
Michael Bartlett

Customising verbage (& interfaces)

Just come out of an meeting where we were giving one of our clients a sneak
peak at an up-coming release of our software.

This client is very user-centric and managed to talk themselves round in
circles about the requirements of their users. For example we have a
particular dialog box that they told us they wanted the buttons to say
something different to what a lot of our other customers have been telling

They asked if they could perhaps have some sort of label editor to change
the verbage on the dialogs to suit their requirements.

8 Sep 2004 - 6:52am
11 years ago
1 reply
Martyn Jones BSc

Re: Programming and IxD (was- Help: Looking foranother me)

Martyn Jones wrote:
> Is there anyone here with experience of starting as a Programmer and then
> becoming an Interaction Designer? Or starting as a Graphic Designer /
> Interaction Designer and then becoming a full-time Programmer?

8 Sep 2004 - 5:58am
11 years ago
2 replies
lopez_r6 at tsm.es

where and how to call an about us link

We're planning a corporate website. We did a card sort test
and people find and "about us" section

We wonder a couple of things

1. Where to place it. We think that´s logical on the left
of the logo

Company´s logo | About us | Corporate Products | Other customers |

Maybe it´s not related to products and logical taxonomy is not with left to
We did a benchmark study. A lot of companies: Amazon, Yahoo! ...don´t use
an about us section at all

2. The second question is if a good title.

7 Sep 2004 - 5:18pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Christian Simon

Re: Programming and IxD (was- Help: Looking for another me)

> on 9/7/04 12:00, wrote:
> Heck, I started designing *hardware*. Then moving to programming, then
> manual writing, and then to interfaction design.

Jef, You understand what I'm talking about. There have been several good
accounts of people coming to IxD from stranger places.

I've learned from those stories that interest me. Most compelling is anyone
who can express themselves well on topics they are excited about. I was
surprised when Martyn's thread ended on this idea.

7 Sep 2004 - 1:14pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Dan Brown


Please forgive the cross-posting...

Has anyone used the drawing program in OpenOffice to do any
wireframes, user flows, or site maps? I've just downloaded an started
playing with it, and was impressed with the capabilities...

-- Dan

Dan Brown ~ brownorama at gmail.com ~ (301) 801-4850

"Beyond the clock radio, what's ever worked better
from putting two different functions together?"
-- IDC Analyst on convergence