Launchpad's Quest For A Better And Agile User Interface

(Experience report, 30 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Martin Albisetti (Canonical)
Session: User Interface
Session chair: Sridhar Nerur (University of Texas )
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 15:30-17:00
Introducing change into an established team with an aging code base is always a challenge. This paper is about my experience in shifting the Launchpad teams' focus to a more user-friendly mindset, evolving the existing processes to encourage constant improvements in the user interface and teaching developers to see their work from the users' perspective. We went from nobody owning the user interface to the developers feeling strong ownership over it, and I describe the ups and downs we went through as a team, what worked, what didn't, and what we could have done better.

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