Jeremy Kriegel, member of the Board Institute of MIT and Harvard, will be a speaker at Agile India 2018, co-hosted by Designit and Cooper in Bangalore India March 7th, 2018. Jeremy has been designing great user experiences (UX) for 18 years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process. From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant or on an internal team, he has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach. He brings this diversity of experience to bear in adapting UX to agile methodologies, finding the balance appropriate for each business. Currently, Jeremy is the UX Lead for The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, a research institution using genomics to accelerate the pace which the world conquers disease.
Jeremy is presenting multiple workshops: Collaborative Prototyping with Design Studio, The Fast Foundation Workshop – Setting up Projects for Success, and Sketch You Can! Demystifying a Powerful Collaboration Technique at Agile India 2018 on March 7th, 2018. Click here for conference details and registration.
Q: How did you find design?
A. While an art student at Carnegie Mellon in the mid 90’s, someone said to me, “I hear you do electronic media. My company has some web work that needs to be done. Can you do it?” I knew nothing about web design, but knew people who were experimenting with it. I said yes and from there, started a student-run company.
Q: Describe your role.
A. I lead the UX for the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. I lead design for two initiatives, both focused on improving the tools that researchers use to access and analyze big genomic data sets.
Q: How do you and your colleagues generate creative ideas?
A. Invention is overrated. Many problems can be solved by bringing together existing patterns in new ways. Look to steal first before you start inventing.
Q: How do you encourage collaboration between teams?
A. By being of service. You have to give before you can expect to receive. I start by helping my teams with something important to them before I expect them to accomodate me.
Q: What advice do you have for leaders attempting to create an innovative workspace?
A. Focus on understanding the problem you are trying to solve, the people who have that problem, and the context in which that problem exists.studio can help make everyone on the team part of the idea-creation process; it’s easy to run, requires little setup, and dramatically increases the communication between teams. Oh, it’s fun too.
Q: Tell us about your talk/workshop.
A. Great ideas can come from anywhere. It is more important to recognize them than to author them. Design studio can help make everyone on the team part of the idea-creation process; it’s easy to run, requires little setup, and dramatically increases the communication between teams. Oh, it’s fun too.
Q: What types of Agile processes have you implemented before?
A. I’ve coached many development teams through the early phases of an Agile or Scrum transformation. I’ve also worked with creative teams moving past a traditional agency approach, to a Lean/Kanban workflow.
Q: What is your idea of an Agile mindset in the context of UX Design?
A. Things change as we learn. Keep designs light and attachment minimal. Get feedback from users frequently, and be deeply engaged with developers.favorite part about being a leader? Seeing how what I create makes people’s lives better.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a leader?
A. Seeing how what I create makes people’s lives better.
Q: What career advice do you have for young people?
A. Learn from experienced people. There is value in making mistakes. People who have been there will help you maximize learning.