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      Collaboration Constraints for Designers and Developers in an Agile Environment

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      Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Fusion

      11 - 15 July 2016

      Design, agile, software, development, decision-making

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          The relationship between developers and designers is an important factor for successful User-Centred Design (UCD) work in an Agile Software Development (ASD) process. However, the determinants and long-term barriers for successful ASD in this relationship are still unclear. We asked designers and developers in an online survey about their roles, perceived level of ASD implementation, satisfaction with ASD, teamwork satisfaction, and perceived quality of communication and collaboration with the other role. Developers rated the main factors for successful ASD work as having access to designers and an optimal environmental setup. Designers’ main concern was related to improving wider teamwork, in particular sharing of information. A qualitative analysis of respondents’ comments confirmed these results broadly, and indicated that close cooperation and informal communication between designers and developers was desired. Respondents also perceived senior stakeholders’ hierarchical decision-making process as a barrier to successful ASD. Co-location and pairing of designers and developers was therefore also seen as an opportunity to enhance more localised and autonomous decisionmaking.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                July 2016
                July 2016
                : 1-9
                Affiliations
                BBC & University of Chester

                4th Floor Bridge House, Media City, Manchester, M50 2BH
                School of Psychology

                University of East London

                Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ
                BBC

                4th Floor Bridge House, Media City, Manchester, M50 2BH
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2016.37
                © Jones et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2016 Conference Fusion, Bournemouth, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
                HCI
                30
                Bournemouth University, Poole, UK
                11 - 15 July 2016
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Fusion
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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