Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Graphics Technology

Committee Chair

Mihaela Vorvoreanu

Committee Member 1

Colin Gray

Committee Member 2

Marisa Exter


With the growing number of UX designers in tech companies in the U.S., the collaboration between UX designers and developers in Agile environments has become a new challenge in the industry. This research study aims to understand the collaboration difficulties between UX designers and developers in Agile environments and further provides insights from the results. The research method was semi-structured interview. A total of five professional UX designers and five professional developers in the industry were interviewed about topics surrounding their collaboration difficulties. The results indicated that UX designers integrating in Agile environments and factors related of organizational context are the collaboration difficulties, and different mindsets between UX designers and developers and misunderstanding and ignorance of UX and UX designers are the causes of the collaboration difficulties. In the end, the author discussed some suggestions on achieving better collaboration and implications for developer education, UX, and Agile communities.