Aras is the head of design in Garanti, a BBVA joint-venture in Turkey. Before Garanti, he worked at world’s largest flowers/gifts site ÇiçekSepeti, worked with large fintech and e-commerce clients such as Visa, eBay and Turkish Airlines at Monitise, and worked on UX planning for Tizen and MeeGo at Intel. Aras holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He carried out research at Microsoft Research Cambridge and Lancaster University in UK. He is an avid cook and drives his colleagues nuts by winning all food-related trivia games. You can find him at @arasb on Twitter.
Talk: Great Design, Despite Agile: How to get the best out of your design team in Agile projects
Abstract: In the past decade, we heard a lot of success stories mentioning “agile” and “design” in the same sentence. Teams adopting agile methods worked faster and with higher confidence; teams adopting a design-oriented mindset created wonderful products with lasting impact. While agile and design thinking share a lot in common, agile methods -especially Scrum- can hold you back from creating great user experiences. In this talk, we will talk about how agile practices may be obstacles to shipping great user experiences and what you can do to avoid that. Join us to hear about different types of design practices for digital products, what your designers need to know before the project starts, and what you should really expect from your design team for amazing user experiences.