The Usage of Usability Techniques in Scrum Projects

  • Yuan Jia
  • Marta Kristin Larusdottir
  • Åsa Cajander
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7623)


Over the past decades, usability techniques have been introduced into software development practices. At the same time many software development teams have started to use the agile development process – Scrum – to plan and organize their software projects. The focus of this study is to explore how usability techniques are integrated during software development in Scrum projects. The most commonly used usability technique in Scrum projects is workshops, followed by lo-fi prototyping, interviews and meetings with users, all used by more than half of the participants. The technique that is most frequently used is lo-fi prototyping used by more than half of the participants two to four times a month. All these usability techniques are informal, meaning that these techniques can be used quickly without much preparation. Formal usability evaluation with users is a highly ranked technique by the participants but not commonly used by them.


Keywords: Usability techniques User centred design user involvement usability agile software development Scrum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Jia
    • 1
  • Marta Kristin Larusdottir
    • 2
  • Åsa Cajander
    • 3
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityIndianapolisUnited States
  2. 2.Reykjavik UniversityReykjavikIceland
  3. 3.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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