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How Pivotal Labs Transformed IDEO Labs Development Approach

Pair programming and agile development have become popular buzzwords in recent years, but these practices have been fundamental to how Pivotal Labs develops and delivers products since its inception. As a result, companies often collaborate directly with Labs to develop applications, while also learning techniques of close collaboration and iterative development. Members of IDEO Labs, the research and development group within global design agency IDEO, recently spent a month at Pivotal Labs to build an application using agile development methods.

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Two Subtle Influencers in Product Design

A discussion of a few factors that can influence users and affect product design.

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The Benefits of Pair Design

How is design different for Agile product development?

“Design” can mean many things, but designing products for Agile software development methodologies present distinctive challenges. Engineers build software more quickly (and change it more rapidly) than most, and consequently the demands …

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Better Together

Ambiguity is something that all projects have to deal with, particularly on the product and design side. By participating early in the design process, engineers can both understand and help to mitigate this ambiguity. In this talk, Rachel Kroft talks …

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Pair design Rule #2: "Yes, and…"

 We shared 40 hours a week, a screen, a product, client relations and a problem space. We raved about the joy and productivity of pairing is this post, and now we’re on a quest to codify the tenets of pair

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Pair Design Rule #1: Wear One Hat at a Time

Written by Pam Dineva and Kim Dowd.

Imagine pairing with another designer for 6 months on a project. and loving it.

We shared 40 hours a week, a screen, a product, client relations and a problem space. Together, our process …

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When your client wants crazy features

Sometimes our stakeholders ask for features that are counter to generally good ux and design practice. In the last six months, I’ve had clients say this to me:

are not user centric: “let’s make this feature so we can can…

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Strolling down the Happy Path

A highly-functioning software team has parallel development and design cycles. Developers and PMs work on building the software, while PMs and designers work together to ensure that the software will meet the user needs. But as a designer, how do …

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Execute! How we kicked off this D&F project by making things on Day 1

Traditionally, design firms help clients figure out what to build and dev shops do the engineering. Clients choose Labs because we can take a seed of an idea and make it live. Fast.

But because we’re known for building product, …

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Balanced Team Sunday Salon at Pivotal Labs

This Sunday Pivotal Labs hosted a Balanced Team Sunday Salon following the three-day LeanUX NYC conference. LeanUX was chock-full of amazing talks and workshops, and the ensuing sentiment was my brain hurts! The Balanced Team Sunday Salon was a chance …

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