Are agile design approaches useful in designing for health?

Authors Sander Hermsen , Anita van Essen , Christa van Gessel , Eline Bolster , Remko van der Lugt , Manon Bloemen
Published in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1st - 3rd July 2020 Editors: Kirsty Christer, Claire Craig and Paul Chamberlain ISBN: 978-1-8381117-0-0 © 2020 Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
Publication date 2 July 2020
Research groups Co-design, Lifestyle and Health
Type Lecture

Summary

ABSTRACT When designing interventions for health, multidisciplinary teams increasingly work according to an ‘agile’ process. Potential benefits of this approach are better knowledge transfer, stakeholder inclusion, and removal of barriers to interactions. Unfortunately, the question whether agile approaches are useful in designing health interventions remains as yet unanswered. To contribute to current knowledge, we analysed the process and results of a large multidisciplinary project with an agile approach. Our case study shows such an approach may indeed be a feasible method for the development of health interventions. The process allowed for a high pace, and good stakeholder inclusion. Some limitations also occurred. The agile approach favours speed over rigour, which hinders integration of user research and scientific evidence in the development process. Multidisciplinary cooperation remains difficult because of the limited availability of experts and stakeholders. Finally, the difficulties in documenting the process and results of the agile approach limit its use in scientific projects. Published at https://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/publications/2020-conference-proceedings Vol. 2

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Language English
Published in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1st - 3rd July 2020 Editors: Kirsty Christer, Claire Craig and Paul Chamberlain ISBN: 978-1-8381117-0-0 © 2020 Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
Key words intervention development, agile, design methods, case study

Sander Hermsen

Sander Hermsen | Researcher | Research group Behaviour & Conversation in digital transition

Sander Hermsen

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Lifestyle and Health