How to design for Agile projects

Long gone is the time when what the designer creates on day one sticks. There is no longer that one genius moment of creation that forms the entire experience of a project. In the world of Agile, there are endless moments of creation. So before we go any further, let’s embrace the Agile Manifesto to “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development” ( and accept that the layout, among other things, will change over time.

But just because everything is always changing doesn’t mean that everything must change. (Apologies, if your brain hurts. The sensation you now feel is exactly how designers who don’t want to be left behind feel today.) Amid the flux lurks a great constant: principles upon which design was created, principles that support the project vision, must be honoured with as much integrity as they were before Agile. Doing Enough Design Up Front is absolutely necessary.

Interview the stakeholders

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