The portal platform you select should be based on modern technology standards, rather than proprietary technology. There are several reasons this is important: Resources. Finding resources with experience on standards-based technology is typically easier than finding resources for a vendor solution requiring a high degree of proprietary domain knowledge to implement. Interoperability. Standards provide higher [...]
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There are many choices when it comes to selecting an enterprise portal or Web platform. The proliferation of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and occasionally connected endpoint devices such as mobile phones and tablets, is making the right platform choice more and more critical. This post ask two critical questions about portal platforms, and provides practical tips and considerations as [...]
Ensuring high adoption of a portal—as with all successful technology solutions—starts with a firm understanding of user needs, and is followed by a design crafted on principals and insights that effectively address those needs. What make portals unique are the user expectations for breadth and integration. This post focuses on enterprise portals—business-to-employee solutions that consolidate [...]
As the final post in this 4-part series, we will discuss Modification 4: Tactical user participation. Our previous posts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) describe how a 'modified scrum' process can be an effective way to incorporate user-centered design techniques within an agile development process. To be consistent with our previous posts, we [...]
As a follow up to our last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) this post discusses Modification 3: Just Enough Documentation. To be consistent, let's compare another set of best practices between the two processes: User-Centered Design Best Practice: Document what you want to be built. Building prototypes are great, but it’s difficult for [...]
Our last post outlined the similarities between user-centered design best practices and agile development best practices; introduced how TandemSeven makes four ‘modifications’ to a typical scrum process to arrive at a modified scrum; and described Modification 1: Minimal upfront user interface design. This post discusses Modification 2: Half-phase offset. Let’s start off by comparing another [...]
Discovering "What Matters" and Validating "What Works" to Deliver Great Usability and a Great User Experience
This is a follow up to my last post: The Difference Between User Experience and Usability. By discovering ‘what matters’ and validating ‘what works’, I want to share how TandemSeven practices user-centered design to deliver a great user experience and great usability when creating products and services for our clients. What Matters Contextual user research [...]
For me, user experience is about answering the question “Does it matter?” and usability is about answering the question “Does it work?” Great products and services come about when the answer to both questions is yes. However, a product can be successful when it does something users really care about even if usability is not [...]
This blog post highlights the topic of content strategy and is an excerpt from my white paper, Creating Effective User-Focused Content for Web Sites, Portals and Intranets (Part 1 of 4). Content is planned for a project based on business goals and user needs. Planning includes tasks such as defining needed content, content tone, content [...]
Much has been said on the differences between a user-centered design methodology and the practice of an agile development team. In fact, many practitioners believe the two cannot coexist. However, in order to understand how to achieve the benefits of user-centered design during Agile development, it is best to recognize what they share in common: [...]