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Lean UX is a compelling case study that offers the foundational thinking behind, and the practical argument for a shift to Lean UX.
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 do
Lean UX is a great overview of how to do User Experience work in an agile team. As a follow on to The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses this book has stories, templates, guidelines to help you both use User Experience Design in an agile team as well as use User Experience to help your agile team do a better job of building the right thing. Much of what you’ll read will strike you as “common sense,” which, sadly, does not t
The book is short, so it’s quick to read and get an overview, but it is also structured in a way that makes it amenable to reference as you execute. This is a rare book that is information dense, yet which does not allow that information density to compromise readability. The viability of the book as a reference compensates for the one flaw I see in it’s presentation of the principles of Lean UX: defining Lean UX too many (15) principles.
15 (related) is far more than most people can keep in their head, making it harder to both sell and internalize the ideas. I understand that there is a lot to do to implement Lean UX, but I can’t help think there must be a way to distill the 15 principles into 5-7 key ones which incorporate the spirit of the whole set. This may sound like a petty detail, but I suspect that it would be hard for someone not as versed in the concepts as the authors to sell the concept based on those 15. If you can’t sell an idea, it is that much harder to break down opposition to it. The concrete, concise way the authors describe how to implement Lean UX in various environments compensates for this, but since the book started out with an overview of principles, I was initially concerned about how the rest of the book would go.
Ignoring my concern about the laundry list of principles, the book will be useful to managers, UX designers and developers and anyone wondering how UX can work in an agile environment. Since user experience is such a central part of the product definition it will also be useful to anyone who simply wants a better understanding of agile product development.
Surprisingly much better than I expected. Usually I find these types of books don’t offer enough examples, but in this case the authors offered specific examples from their own work experience. Several of the concepts were new for me and for the ones that weren’t this book provided a great refresher.