The agile framework is a robust one - but one with room for improvement. Working with Agile for creating a user-friendly design can be great, but it does come with its own set of challenges which can make Agile UX designing a little difficult. This is where RIDE comes in. RIDE stands for Rapid Iterative Design Experience, which is a distributed but governed model that improves the efficiency of design in a scaled agile framework. Right from assessing the user and the business' needs to testing and modifying the design, the RIDE model is good and effective through every step.
The RIDE design model is divided into 4 or more stages, with each stage clearly defined.
Phase 1 - Before Sprint 0
The Scrum framework enables the developers and designers to focus on specific iterations at a time and deliver a specific result at the end of each iteration. This can seem detached from the bigger picture, which means that the possibility of having to modify the design structure again and again can be high. The RIDE model removes the need for repeated modifications by allowing the developers and the designers to focus on the details without losing the bigger picture.
The Agile process begins way before the Sprint 0 process with a technical envisioning and designing thinking. The first stage begins before the Sprint - it is where the UX design team should assess the needs of the business, the users' needs, prioritize needs, prioritize requirements and the define focus group. Envisioning the design capabilities is one of the first steps in the phase before Sprint 0.
Sprint 0, 1, 2, 3…
The next levels of UX design using the RIDE models involved in developing a design concept of the highest quality and creating the wire-frame for the design. The wire-frame is the skeleton of the design that ensures quality UX. Making changes to the wire-frames is easier, than making changes to the completed product.
Every run involves in developing a concept, wire-framing it and taking it through the RITE process or Rapid Iterative Testing Evaluation, a very popular usability iterative testing procedure. This will allow the developers to interact with the Product Owners and get their feedback on the Sprint. If changes are needed, it is easier to go back to the wire-framing procedure and evaluating it using the RITE process.
Every stage of the design development and testing process will also involve research for the next stage - this would involve in getting back to some of the steps in the earlier stage before Sprint 0. Some you may repeat and some you may not have to.
RIDE is an effective model that enables collaborative working between the QA and the UX team. The main benefits of the RIDE model include
- Developing the runway for future projects, using low-fidelity prototypes becomes easier.
- It is highly collaborative.
- The model is extremely incremental.
- Provides quick feedback to enable timely modifications during each sprint.
Using the RIDE model, the team can reduce the chances as well as the fear of failure. Trying something new and testing it for effectiveness is easier with the model. It not only motivates the team members to use their creative skills to the maximum, but also encourages them to share as well as express their ideas more freely, without worrying much about being wrong or failing.
This type of testing is highly efficient when the project members work together in person, rather than remotely. Another advantage of face-to-face interactions is that any necessary changes can be made quickly and tested too. Costs of bringing all the team members together for collaborative work is a lot less when compared to the cost of failing to deliver the project as per client expectations.
Most importantly, the RIDE model includes the UI criteria in the defining the Definition of Done and User Story acceptance criteria.