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Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience [Hardcover]

Jeff Gothelf , Josh Seiden
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11 Mar 2013

The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality. In this insightful book, leading advocate Jeff Gothelf teaches you valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques from the ground up—how to rapidly experiment with design ideas, validate them with real users, and continually adjust your design based on what you learn.

Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.

  • Frame a vision of the problem you’re solving and focus your team on the right outcomes
  • Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team
  • Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process
  • Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid
  • Incorporate the voice of the customer throughout the project cycle
  • Make your team more productive: combine Lean UX with Agile’s Scrum framework
  • Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX

Lean UX received the 2013 Jolt Award from Dr. Dobb's Journal as the best book of the year. The publication's panel of judges chose five notable books, published during a 12-month period ending June 30, that every serious programmer should read.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449311652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449311650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jeff Gothelf is a designer & Agile practitioner. He is a leading voice on the topics of Agile UX & Lean UX and a highly sought-after international speaker. He is currently a Managing Director in Neo's New York City office. Previously, Jeff has led teams at TheLadders, Publicis Modem, WebTrends, Fidelity, & AOL.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A view of Lean UX, not a final definition. 1 July 2013
By S. Dean
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I work in UX and have done for over 15 years. This book attempt to summarise what is meant by 'Lean UX' and how it can be done. It manages to offer a view but is too sketch and patchy to be a definitive guide.

In a nut shell it was a rebranding of the practices I had taken part in for many years, but with a few new additions to bring the ideas up to date and inline with ideas like Agile and Lean Start Up. In a nut shell the book does not invent but rediscovers ideas. For example the close working of teams has been around since I've been working, with War Rooms bringing together developers, stakeholders and designers into a seamless team. The idea of hypothesis then test is also something that has been around in areas of product design and design in general for a long time. Ideas like using style guides that everyone can access have also been in place for the time I've been working, often evolving from brand guidelines. I was lucky enough to work with Disney in my early career and was always amazed at the style guides they had for their films.

Where the book is weakest is when it tries to tie too much into lean Start up. There are many things about lean start up that are developer orientated, much like Agile. One area it is weak is in the creation of concepts prior to focusing upon actual interfaces - that is testing out the whole idea of something and getting that right before delving into detail. Lean Start Up and Agile use an evolutionary model to improve the product, but the final destination of the product is dependent on the starting point - and that is where the book is weak. It labels the starting point as 'assumptions' and places research squarely after something has been built. Research during the project is fine but it does not indicate how projects start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We need this 19 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book, and a lot of it is what the industry needs to really break out of the constraints of the old Waterfall type processes.

One word of warning: you might not want to buy this for the Kindle. The book has quite a few diagrams, designs and photos, which aren't really readable on a small e-ink screen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Very readable book that sets out the three principles for Lean UX - design thinking, Agile development methodologies and the Lean Startup approach extolled by Eric Ries - and develops from these various tactics to help UX teams embedded in large organisations become part of the lean and Agile solution, rather than sidelined onlookers. It doesn't trivialise the transition either with glib solutions - though personally I feel the most difficult people to convince to switch to Lean UX will be the UX team themselves so I think I'll have to buy 10 more copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 3 April 2013
By Okpaul
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This book ruined my Easter weekend as I couldn't put it down!!! It's a great follow-on from the first book in the series and goes into detail of some aspects introduced in the Lean Startup. It's the kind of book you will read once but then keep referring back to as you start to apply the principles.

I highly recommend this book and no you can't borrow my copy :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best UX book I've read in a year! 22 Mar 2013
By jakubik
I am positively excited about the UX practice's redesign that I hope it'll help catalyse. Read this book, get empowered, and go designing good stuff, COLLABORATIVELY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actionable overview 6 July 2014
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a really well thought out and validated book, with actionable ideas for any tech workplace. As a Business Analyst, I need a core understanding in UX though not my primary function, and this book has been a valuable resource.

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By Sam
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As somebody who has always inherently hated bulky reports and the lack of communication between departments I sometimes encounter Lean UX has been a breath of fresh air.

Even though I don't agree with all of the principles, there is some real gold in here and I will definitely be applying what I have read in this book moving forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how projects should be done
This book is great, it is clear, concise, and makes sense. The thing I can compare it to is a hackathon - you get things done. If things don't work, you change it, no fuss. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick guide to LeanUX
I'm a UX professional and have recently been trying to learn about how to use lean processes.

This book is a really good guide to lean UX, introducing it and giving... Read more
Published 9 months ago by dmc
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Not only good theory, but also real world examples how the author puts theory into practice.

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Published 10 months ago by Samuel Larsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Gothelf explains Lean UX principles for everyone - even the...
Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden write in such a friendly, yet knowledgeable and trustworthy way with the use of case studies, anecdotes, diagrams, drawings and thorough explanations... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic Nothing new
If you have little or no understanding of basic UX, Lean and Agile principles then you should buy this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by matski98
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It contain a great overview of the whole process of applying lean principles, no matter if you are a designer, a developer or a manager, this book is suitable for anyone. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diego
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and pragmatic
True to the 'lean' ethos, the book wastes few words hyping the approach or expounding theories. Just a quick, easy read with straightforward examples and advice on making UX work... Read more
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