An Agile GUI War

An Agile GUI War is a UI design game to rapidly develop team consensus.

For this exercise, it’s important that everyone — developers, managers and all stakeholders — should be considered “on the team”.

The game begins with each member taking 5 minutes and draws a quick sketch. Then, each member in turn explains their design to the whole group. Now everyone redraws their design — but they must add two features they liked that someone else presented.

After a few iterations of this process, you should see significant consensus.In addition to consensus on a UI Design, you will often see ancillary benefits such as improved team chemistry or discover new requirements.

Besides, it’s fun!


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So, why an Agile GUI War?

Have you ever been on a tean that had a real GUI War?  It’s usually not very pretty. Things can get ugly fast. Positions get fixed — and things become moral issues.

Agile GUI War is an iterative technique to avoid a GUI War by building consensus on a design among the team and stakeholders

Besides, it’s fun! Come and see for yourself!