UX Day Graz 2013

A community event for practitioners of user experience, interaction design, and usability!

Johanna Kollmann

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Collaboration. Customers. Conflict? Bridging the Gap between Agile and UX

Johanna Kollmann


In 2000, Jesse James Garrett first published his The Elements of User Experience diagram. In 2001, a group of practitioners signed the Agile Manifesto. Since then, User Experience and agile approaches to software development have gained traction, and have influenced how we build digital products. In this talk, Johanna will outline the opportunities and challenges UX designers face when working in an agile context, share some of the best practices to make Agile and UX work well together, and discuss why the Lean Startup approach is opening doors for UX.

Attendees will walk away with:

  • An understanding of key challenges faced by practitioners who want to include UX on agile projects.
  • Tips for addressing these challenges.
  • Strategies for including end users in your design and development process.
  • An understanding of UX in the context of Lean Startup.


Johanna Kollmann has been working in User Experience since 2004. After gaining experience in both in-house and agency-side roles, she is now a product lead at Sidekick Studios, applying design thinking, agile and lean startup to problems that matter. Her background is in Information Design and Human-Computer Interaction.

Passionate about building better things through collaboration, Johanna co-founded Design Jam, helps organize several meetups, and enjoys hackdays. She has presented at conferences including the IA Summit, Euro IA, Agile, Frontiers of Interaction, Reasons To Be Creative and several barcamps, trying to get better every time. Johanna likes dancing at gigs, hiking up hills, ice cream and manta rays.