Inclusive Agile: Real World Accessibility

2:00pm Friday 15 November (Stream One)

Companies are increasingly opting for Agile to address speed to market. People often see accessibility as a hurdle slowing down the delivery of a project. But accessibility and Agile are a good marriage. If accessibility is included from the beginning with inclusive designs, delivery is faster and of a higher quality.

Many organisations struggle with how to ensure they are delivering accessible experiences for their customers and employees. When an organisation is trying to bring their products and services up to accessibility standards, they often end up including it at after they go live by way of a WCAG audit. When this happens, the project manager/product owner is faced with the challenges of finding the budget for the audit/remediation, upskilling their team on how to fix the accessibility defects, and finding the time to do all of this work.

It’s much like getting a roadworthy certificate for your car: you get the car assessed, the mechanic tells you the list of items that need to be fixed before they can sign it off and give you the certificate, you read the list, feel overwhelmed knowing you don’t understand or have the skills/tools/money to fix all the issues … so you drive off and hope for the best.

The talk explains how at Coles we used an Inclusive Agile Model to solve this problem.

Mel O’Brien

Senior Digital Experience & Accessibility Analyst, Coles

Mel O'Brien

I am super passionate about championing accessibility. I have been working in the digital space for over 7 years and my background in retail and banking has shown me what the future of accessibility could look like in the corporate world.

I love inspiring others to get excited in order to open their minds to the value of accessibility and how interesting it is.

I am always challenging myself to learn more in the accessibility space, and love to share what I’ve learnt.

My favourite things to do are answering calls on Be My Eyes as a sighted volunteer and being a part of Achilles running club for people with a disability as a sighted guide.