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!


Silicon Valley Code Camp

CodeCamp at FootHill College.
Chris Sims has asked me to present at a conference:

the Silicon Valley Code Camp!

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!


The Power of Blogging

Well, here it is. The first post of my first blog. I’ve put this off for a long time — for lot’s of great reasons, of course. But finally I was forced to start a blog. Ok, it’s probably more accurate to say I was embarrassed into doing this.

What could possibly force or embarrass anyone to do something as time consuming as writing a blog?

Ironically, for me it was simply reading a section of blog post entitled: “If you don’t have a blog, start one” by Sarah Allen. I think you’ll find Sarah’s words as compelling as I did. In addition, consider this story as a demonstration of the power of blogging. Think about it: months after writing her post, an acquaintance  takes an action directly because of her words. In the next six months, how many others — mostly people she’s never met — will herpes transmission also read it and take action?

That’s pretty powerful.

So, I encourage everyone to heed Sarah’s words and pity those that try to avoid it. I was able to delay taking action for the last few months only because of my prodigious abilities to procrastinate. While it is true that there were business reasons for doing this now and certainly any content here is my sole responsibility; nonetheless, it’s all Sarah’s fault.

BTW: If you happen to see her before I do, please let her know; you’ll probably get a smile.

So, the journey begins!