Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience Hardcover – 11 Mar 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
This book is best suited for individuals who are already familiar with and have some experience with Lean methodologies. You won't get lost in any of the concepts if you have no experience in the space-- just the argument for and the nuts and bolts of putting it to use may appear weak if you don't have a stronger foundation.
Lean UX is a wicked problem. The author doesn't offer it here as a wicked problem but as you conclude the book you can't help but reach that conclusion. The only way to develop and implement a Lean UX system that works is to implement it wrong and cultivate enough political capital to earn the right to implement it 'right' over a sustained period of time.
Jeff does a good job here providing a best first answer to many of these problems. But just as there is no one size fits all agile approach and agile is best when you're not dogmatic about it, so to is lean UX. Lean UX is a response to a business and software development environment where closer integration and iteration are the key currency of the day.
I recommend this book as a contributor to anyone who is looking to learn about Lean UX and apply the principles in their work. But I would strongly encourage you to read this topic from multiple angles, including the software development angle.
Jeff borrows aggressively from Lean Startup thinking but I think that does a disservice, I think the principles of Lean UX extend far beyond the Lean Startup philosophy. One area I believe I will continue to refer to is Jeff's summary on how to integrate user research into the design process.
Over the next year, I suspect the volume of books on Lean UX to increase in volumes. I don't suppose this book will standout in a larger collection of books on the topic of agile UX.
This book is a really good guide to lean UX, introducing it and giving practical tips. The book is also full of real world case studies, which really helped me to understand the advantages of lean.
The book benefits from being only about 120 pages, as it's a quick read I found it easy to become really engaged in the content
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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Very clearly written with some sound experiments to try. Excellent.Published 1 month ago by Dave Grant
Great little book, that quickly illustrates a lean ux model with plenty of workable examples. Make sure to read Eric Reis' lean startup first, as while most of the relevant... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jordan Bailes
I found this a dull read. It's great to talk about how the entire world should operate "Lean" but reality is that we can not be truly lean as we have fixed budgets and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nazma
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,... Read morePublished on 6 July 2014 by Sorcha01
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 morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Mark Robson