NUX Manchester – 2 October 2017 – Innovation in an Agile Environment

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The next NUX Manchester event is taking place on Monday 2nd October in our regular home at the office of, at 35 Fountain Street, just behind Primark in Manchester City Centre.

Join us from 6:30pm for food, drinks and networking. The talk will start at 7:00pm.

Innovation in an Agile Environment

with Mark Shahid

This talk will be exploring modern ways of implementing UX practices in to an Agile workflow in a post-Lean UX world. Lean UX has been an important movement across tech companies across the globe for a few years now and for some of us the subject is even becoming stale. The purpose of this talk is to ask “What now?” of Lean UX, and ask how innovation can sometimes fall off the delivery train in a large commercial environment.

As software development practices mature, UX practitioners may struggle to find themselves included in the decision making process. And if they are included, they may not be engaged in the correct manner, often finding themselves servicing the delivery pipeline instead of getting ahead and prescribing the a user-centred product direction.

As more and more organisations adopt the iterative approach typical to an Agile development environment, we can quickly find ourselves lost in a bubble of feature factories and deadline-driven delivery pipelines. Although the principles of Lean UX can help us iterate with continuous user input, without a “big vision” for our product(s) we can quickly lose sight of the product direction.

In this talk Mark will explore how UX innovation can flourish in an Agile environment.

About Mark


Mark is currently Senior UX Architect at Sky Betting and Gaming, Leeds. Working in cross-function Agile product teams, Mark and his team have focused the last 18 months on nurturing a healthy environment for good design practices whilst fostering a culture of innovation in an Agile environment.

Since building his first website 16 years ago, Mark has been on a continuous journey of discovery by asking the big “Why?” question in Product Design. A keen UX and Agile enthusiast he has been working forming the glue between these opposing workflows.

Over the last 10 years Mark has worked on various UX/Digital projects for organisations such as Sky, GE, MTV, Holland and Barrett, Nokia and Molson Coors.

Follow Mark: @plastic_fuzz


Running order

6:30 – 7:00 Free pizza, beer, soft drinks & refreshments provided by our sponsors
7:00 – 8:30 Mark’s talk
8:30 onwards Open discussion and networking (with more free beers)



Places are limited. Please only reserve a ticket if you are able to attend.


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