Iterative Design VS Waterfall - Agile: Windows® 95 User Interface Case Study

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . .  it was 1995 and I was working for a software retail shop called Egghead Software.  As I said, it was a galaxy far away, it was also the release year for a user interface (UI) revolution called Windows 95.  Design wise it could probably be called one of the most user impacting layouts to hit modern personal computing.

I’m not sure I could count the amount of times a team I’ve been part of or managed made reference to the common sense simplicity of our own positive Windows 95 user experience.  It wasn’t until last week that I came across an article written by Kent Sullivan who was actually behind the curtains during many of the critical design idea phases as a usability services designer.

It’s a fascinating article that also gives thought to how, and why, iterative design can be a far superior project style than the much more discussed waterfall / scrum process.

Case Study Link:  http://www.sigchi.org/chi96/proceedings/desbrief/Sullivan/kds_txt.htm

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