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  1. Paul Wren
    March 13, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    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.

  2. Mel Chua
    March 15, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    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 ( meetups and blogs for some ideas there.

  3. Li-Chuan Chong
    March 17, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    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)



  4. Li-Chuan Chong
    March 17, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    And here’s another more recent study from Anders Ramsay (Nov, 2010) –

    Hope it’s useful.


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    April 10, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

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  6. Diana
    April 11, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    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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