Lean UX: Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business. Advertisement User experience design for the Web (and its siblings, interaction design, UI design, et al) has traditionally been a deliverables-based practice.
Wireframes, site maps, flow diagrams, content inventories, taxonomies, mockups and the ever-sacred specifications document (aka “The Spec”) helped define the practice in its infancy. These deliverables crystallized the value that the UX discipline brought to an organization. Over time, though, this deliverables-heavy process has put UX designers in the deliverables business — measured and compensated for the depth and breadth of their deliverables instead of the quality and success of the experiences they design.
Designers have become documentation subject matter experts, known for the quality of the documents they create instead of the end-state experiences being designed and developed. Engaging in long drawn-out design cycles risks paralysis by internal indecision as well as missed windows of market opportunity. Enter Lean UX. Chill the fUX out. Lean is here to stay - We Love Lean. Is There Any Meat on This Lean UX Thing? By Jared M.
Spool Originally published: Nov 30, 2011 Out of nowhere, Lean UX is now a hot topic for UX professionals, generating the complete range of responses, from complete buy-in to calling it complete bulls**t. Is there really something to this? Or is it, as I've heard several times now, an attempt to rebrand what we already do in the name of selling more workshops? I was very curious about all this, so I set out to learn what Lean UX was all about.
My conclusion: There really is something here. Step Into the Wayback Machine, Sherman To get a solid handle on why I think Lean UX is now important, we have to go way back into the past—to the 1960s and 1970s. However, as people found new uses, the size of the software projects grew. To keep everything under control, the field of software engineering started to emerge and one of its biggest contributions at that time was a management technique known as the Software Development Life Cycle. Fast Forward: The Business Takes Control. How to Get the Team Behind Your Product Idea by ZURB. You have an idea for an awesome product, but your team isn't bought in.
You need them behind you or else your idea will die a quick death. How do you turn the tide in your favor? Fucking Ship It Already: Limited Products vs Shitty Products. In our second installment of Fucking Ship It Already, we deal with a common problem for startups: shitty products.
Look, I know that building a product with one or two engineers and no money is tough. As an entrepreneur, you almost certainly have far more ideas than you have resources to create those ideas. Making Sense of Minimum Viable Products. Minimum Viable Products–what does this mean?
If you read any article or listen to any talk about minimum viable products, you will notice that the word “confusion” shows up early and often: Steve Blank: “This minimum feature set (sometimes called the “minimum viable product”) causes lots of confusion. Founders act like the ’minimum’ part is the goal. Or worse, that every potential customer should want it.” (Perfection by Subtraction – The Minimum Feature Set)Eric Ries: “One of the most important lean startup techniques is called the minimum viable product. It’s not just that the concept is confusing. MVPs are born from confusion: the “extreme uncertainty” that Ries defines as a fundamental condition of a startup.
Making Sense of MVPs Rather than trying to definitively make sense out of MVPs, I stress that “making sense” is what MVPs are about: MVPs are mechanisms to create meaning where little or none currently exists. It doesn’t matter if it’s actually a product in the traditional sense. Quick, Visual, Collaborative & Continuous. 2012 feb 25 agile ux nyc, seiden, requirements to hypotheses. Fucking Ship It Already: Just Not to Everyone At Once. There is a pretty common fear that people have.
They’re concerned that if they ship something that isn’t ready, they’ll get hammered and lose all their customers. Startups who have spent many painstaking months acquiring a small group of loyal customers are hesitant to lose those customers by shipping something bad. I get it. It’s scary. Sorry, cupcake. First, your early adopters tend to be much more forgiving of a few misfires. Still nervous? The Interactive Mockup A prototype is the lowest risk way you can get your big change, new feature, or possible pivot in front of real users without ruining your existing product. If you don’t want to build an entire interactive prototype, trying showing mockups, sketches, or wireframes of what you’re considering. Get on a screen share with some users and let them poke around the prototype. If your product involves any sort of user generated content, taking the time to include some of the tester’s own content can be extremely helpful.
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