However, while agile principles address and solve testers and developers pain points encountered during the traditional development methods, they seem to miss the UX perspective at all. No consideration is given to the time and resources UX professionals need to create and deliver a user-centered design. What is more, Agile Manifesto, the principle document delineating agile values, provides no dedicated guidelines for setting up collaboration between designers and developers and incorporating UX methods in agile development projects.
Over the course of many past projects, intive Kupferwerk’s agile teams have been seeking for a team set-up to enable full and deeply integrated collaboration between developers and UX designers. We discovered that an old-school set-up with long-term design projects, extensive deliverable documents and complicated hands-off from the design side was not meeting the growing needs for quick and responsive communication between UX and development. So we decided to fix it. In this article, we want to share the journey we took to discover and implement a 3-Mode set-up that efficiently combines product designers, product engineers and product managers in one flexible and responsive team environment.