Developer/IxD Cross Training (or how to get developers to do your work for you)

Session Title

Developer/IxD Cross Training (or how to get developers to do your work for you)


Adrian Howard, Intunet

Session Type: Presentation

(planning for 20m presentation & 20m discussion)

Have you revisited a project one year on and found all your careful IxD work ruined? Ever felt overwhelmed by the task of protecting the user experience from the slings and arrows of outrageous development? Help solve these problems by uncovering the hidden Interaction Design skills in your development team! I’ll be talking about some of the ways I’ve found to help including:

* Moving from design ownership to design facilitation and education
* Involving development successfully early in the design process
* Giving Domain Driven Design a UX twist
* Using agile development processes to help not hinder
* Helping get the design decisions embodied directly in the code
* Using automated testing to help the UX in the long term

Do you have any top tips for helping developers get the UX right themselves? Please bring them along. I’d love be able to build a list of emerging practices by the end of the conference.


Adrian Howard has been helping people make commercial web sites and applications since 1996. Before that he was a member of the Socio-Cognitive Technology Research Group at Sussex University and helped out with the Human Centred Computing Systems MSc.

Adrian spends most of his time creating web applications – helping with everything from user experience work to writing code. Unsurprisingly he’s a huge fan of cross-disciplinary agile teams. Adrian spends too much time on the agile-usability and IxDA mailing lists, as well as moderating the STC’s Usability and User Experience SIG list.

Passionate about creating great software. User Experience advocate. Agile fanatic. Testing bigot.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    i’m a fan of DDD and work on teams with Agile and testing.. good stuff it looks like.