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Is Focusing on Agile or Lean Damaging the Practice of UX? Part 1

, UXmatters

By Janet M. Six

This month in Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts discusses how development teams’ prioritizing the use of agile or Lean methodologies affects the practice of User Experience. Our panelists lament how the goal of speeding up development devalues UX research and design, leads to design inconsistencies, and encourages product-team members to take shortcuts. Agile and Lean’s focus on speed can also make it more difficult for product teams to keep the big picture in mind.

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Popular Excuses for Not Doing Exploratory Research and How to Overcome Them

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By Michael Morgan

At your company, what percentage of your time is spent doing evaluative studies—for example, usability testing or expert reviews—versus formative, early-phase research, using such approaches as contextual inquiry or low-fidelity prototype testing?

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User Experience and the Big Picture, Part 1: Problems, Problems

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By Ritch Macefield

This is Part 1 of a three-part series in which I’ll ultimately present some radical thinking about how we could improve the software-development lifecycle (SDLC) and the key role that UX professionals can play in achieving this improvement.

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The UX of Fitness and Nutrition Websites

, MeasuringU

Each January millions of people make New Year’s resolutions.

One of the most popular is to lose weight and stay in shape.

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Improve Your Sign-Up Form with Off-White Text Fields

, UX Movement

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When designing an app, most designers put all their effort into the content pages but overlook the sign-up form. What users end up getting is a form that’s visually unappealing, stale, and clinical. A white background, plain text fields, cluttered text, and harsh black outlines everywhere doesn’t motivate users to sign up. If your form looks like this, there’s room for improvement.

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Should All Scale Points Be Labeled?

, MeasuringU

To have a reliable and valid response scale, people need to understand what they’re responding to.

A poorly worded question, an unclear response item, or an inadequate response scale can create additional error in measurement.

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10 Things to Know About the Post Study System Usability Questionnaire

, MeasuringU

We’ve written extensively about the System Usability Scale (SUS).

It’s the most widely used and cited questionnaire for measuring the perception of the user experience.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Solid or Underlined Text Fields

, UX Movement

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Text fields have evolved stylistically over the years. Designers are getting more creative with them, but sometimes a little too creative. One particular style that’s caught the eye of many is the underlined text field. Its novel and minimalist appearance may attract you in using it, but when you understand how it affects user behavior, you’ll think again.

Underlined text fields are hard for users to recognize and tap. If they have trouble recognizing and tapping your fields, they won’t be able to start your form nor finish it. These issues lead to user frustration, form abandonment, and lower conversion rates.

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ProtoPie: The Interaction Design Tool UX Designers Need

, UX Movement

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Many UX designers prototype, but very few prototype with dynamic interactions. The difference it’ll make on your design is night and day.

ProtoPie is the only prototyping tool that allows you to add delicious interactions to your interactive prototypes. Rather than showing your users and clients a prototype with plain, boring click-interactions, you can now delight them with one full of rich, high-fidelity interactions for mobile, desktop, and any other screen.

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Porkbun: Your Very Own .design Domain for Free

, UX Movement

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Whether you’re building a portfolio, blog, or product, a design-related website needs a memorable domain name. AirBnB, and Uber are popular brands that understand this. That’s why they use a .design domain as the place for their designers to share articles, tools and resources.

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