Advancing the Value of Ethnography

Tutorial: Agile for Researchers


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2017 EPIC Proceedings, ISSN 1559-8918,


Agile is taking the design world by storm, and requiring teams—including researchers—to rethink how we communicate, plan, and act. But is it possible, or even desirable, to apply agile methodologies to ethnographic research? We respond with a resounding yes! While agile requires some new skills, and a different mindset, in our experience by adapting to agile researchers can have an even greater impact on teams. In this tutorial you will:

  • Plan your own agile research sprints
    • •     Resourcing, sprint planning, meeting cadence, reviews/retrospectives
  • Become familiar with the terminology used by agile teams
    • •     Epics, user stories, stand-ups
  • Get an overview of common tools used to facilitate agile research, for example
    • •     Trello, Jira, Trint, ScheduleOnce, InVision
  • Learn about the frameworks BeyondCurious uses to guide Agile research
    • •     MVF, Experience Principles, XIS
  • Develop strategies for working with internal and external teams to ensure that research has the greatest impact

You will also get to participate in some fun and interactive activities to practice these concepts. By the end of the workshop you will be ready to introduce agile research to your team at home.

The video includes only the presentation portions of the tutorial.

Carrie Yury, head of Experience Research and Strategy at the innovation consultancy BeyondCurious, is a purpose-driven creator with a passion for making things that matter. In her 20-year career as a consultant, artist, and educator, Yury has created impact through understanding people, systems, and organizations. A believer in theory from practice, Yury’s non-dogmatic approach to research led her to develop the sprint-based Agile Research methodology that helps BeyondCurious’ Fortune 1000 clients innovate at speed.

Chris Young is a Senior Experience Strategist at BeyondCurious responsible for helping clients to examine problems and identify opportunities from multiple perspectives. Through leading agile research sprints, she’s able to quickly translate ideas and insights into tangible concepts that help solve pain points and unmet needs. Chris attended graduate school at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she earned an MBA in Design Strategy—an innovation-focused program that integrates human-centered design throughout its curriculum.


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