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An ethnographic study on the communication of decisions about UX aspects in an agile team

Grant number: 17/03397-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): July 17, 2017
Effective date (End): July 16, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal Investigator:Luciana Aparecida Martinez Zaina
Grantee:Luciana Aparecida Martinez Zaina
Host Investigator: Dr Helen Claire Sharp
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências em Gestão e Tecnologia (CCGT). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Campus de Sorocaba. Sorocaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: Open University, England  

Abstract

Handling UX aspects during software development have been explored by several works in recent years. In the context of agile methods, many challenges to align the practices of UX to the agile have been faced by the agile teams. In order to overcome these challenges, some studies have posed proposals regarding the integration of UX to agile practices. However, little has been investigated about how UX aspects are effectively informed by members of an agile team. That is, how these aspects are represented and communicated by the team's members in their workplace daily. Considering that the team communication is a key value in agile methods, this project aims to conduct an ethnographic study on how the communication of the decisions about UX aspects in an agile team happens. The focus of this project is in uncovering what forms are adopted by the team and how they are used to inform the UX aspects. In this way, the understanding on how information of UX aspects flow through the development process can be achieved. In addition, the findings of this project can unfold insights about new challenges around the communication issues in agile teams to be explored in the future.

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CLETO FILHO, ABNER; ZAINA, LUCIANA A. M.; FILIPE, J; SMIALEK, M; BRODSKY, A; HAMMOUDI, S. Navigational Distances between UX Information and User Stories in Agile Virtual Environments. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 22ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ICEIS), VOL 2, v. N/A, p. 8-pg., . (17/03397-0)
LOPES, LARISSA A.; PINHEIRO, EDUARDO G.; DA SILVA, TIAGO S.; ZAINA, LUCIANA A. M.; WAGNER, S; HODA, R; AGUIAR, A. Using UxD artefacts to support the writing of user stories: findings of an empirical study with agile developers. 19TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (XP '18), v. N/A, p. 4-pg., . (17/03397-0)
ZAINA, LUCIANA A. M.; SHARP, HELEN; BARROCA, LEONOR. UX information in the daily work of an agile team: A distributed cognition analysis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, v. 147, . (17/03397-0)

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