Hugh Beyer

Founder & CTO

Hugh provides the technical expertise to support InContext’s design solutions. His extensive understanding of the unique and varied capabilities of a wide range of technical platforms enables InContext to design innovative solutions in virtually any development environment. He works closely with clients’ engineering teams and developers to mesh often opposing points of view to build workable solutions. Hugh also works directly with InContext’s design teams and coaches client teams in the Contextual Design process. He has pioneered the integration of customer-centered techniques into traditional development, using them to supercharge the Rational Unified Process, object-oriented design, and Agile. Hugh is the co-author of Contextual Design: Defining Customer Centered Systems which is used by companies and universities all over the world. Hugh’s latest publication is User-Centered Agile Methods, which bridges the gap between the Agile development and UX communities.

Hugh has more than 20 years of experience building and designing applications, systems, and tools. Before co-founding InContext, Hugh acted as lead developer and architect in a range of systems at Digital Equipment Corp. His domains of experience include object-oriented repositories, databases, and integrated software development environments. Since starting InContext, Hugh has overseen the design of applications from desktop to web to mobile, and from enterprise to small business to consumers in the wide variety of industries supported by InContext.

He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.


Posts by Hugh Beyer

Doing UX in an Agile World

Agile Moves On

A Tale of Two Conferences

The Limits of Iterative Development

Agile 2011

CHI2011: Agile at CHI

Phase 0

Seduced by a Keyboard

Agile’s Just a Fad

Changing Minds is Hard Work

The Agile 2010 Conference: Agile Grows Up

InContext Does Agile

Why Developers Don’t Think Systemically

Agile development at CHI

Designing Services

Essential Agile

Innovation is Easy

“Rapid Contextual Design” is Translated Into Korean

InContext at Agile 2009 Conference

Hey! You’re Standing in My Space!

A Good Week

The Travel Argument

Paper Prototyping in the Large

Contextual Use Cases: Using Contextual Design to Define Use Cases

How Long Does Customer Data Stay Fresh?

Contextual Design with Distributed Teams

Keep Your Design Meetings on Track by Having a Mainline Coversation

Guerilla CD

Contextual Design in Internet Time

Designing from the Mountaintop

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