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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)
      11 - 15 July 2016
      Design, agile, software, development, decision-making


            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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            July 2016
            July 2016
            : 1-9
            [0001]BBC & University of Chester

            4th Floor Bridge House, Media City, Manchester, M50 2BH
            [0002]School of Psychology

            University of East London

            Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ

            4th Floor Bridge House, Media City, Manchester, M50 2BH
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            Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Bournemouth University, Poole, UK
            11 - 15 July 2016
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction


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