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  1. Paul Wren

    thanks for this post!

    Great cross-pollination between my two areas of effort– I’m a software engineer who has done a lot of waterfall development and a bit of agile, and I’m also pursuing graduate studies in anthropology.

    I read through the Lean Startup Wiki and scanned through Eric Ries’ blog, but these materials focus primarily on sw dev and startup funding. very little on general methodology, so I would love to see more specifics on how you might see this application working.

    The OAC has a couple of dedicated groups aimed at aiding anthropology students (undergrad and graduate), and might provide an excellent forum for pushing these ideas further.

    http://openanthcoop.ning.com
    http://openanthcoop.ning.com/group/phdsupportgroup
    http://openanthcoop.ning.com/group/undergraduatestudents
    http://openanthcoop.ning.com/group/gradstudents
    http://openanthcoop.ning.com/group/studentsagain

  2. Mel Chua

    Oh man, yes. Thanks for writing this up, Diana – I’m starting my Phd next year while continuing to work full-time, and desperately need to rewire the way I think about studying so I’ll graduate and still get sleep.

    I’d be particularly interested in good ways of keeping metrics – check out Quantified Self (http://quantifiedself.com) meetups and blogs for some ideas there.

  3. Li-Chuan Chong

    Hi Diana,

    A colleague introduced me to this blog entry.

    I think you’re onto something… good.

    This paper might be of interest to you:
    Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User-centered Design (Desirée Sy, 2007)
    http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/jus/2007may/agile-ucd.html

    Cheers!

    ~chuan

  4. Li-Chuan Chong

    And here’s another more recent study from Anders Ramsay (Nov, 2010) – http://www.andersramsay.com/2010/11/06/findings-from-the-state-of-agile-ux-survey

    Hope it’s useful.

    ~chuan

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  6. Diana

    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and resources. I will be following up on this soon. My semester has kicked in to crazy mode as of late, so I’m doing my best to apply this to what I can!

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