Lean UX Design

The November issue of  InformationWeek contained an interesting Dr. Dobb’s article on Lean User Experience (UX) design. If you’re new to the concept Lean UX is all about finding a way to systematically integrate UX design – both information architecture (IA)  and visual design – into an agile development methodology. Traditional UX design (is there such a thing?) front loads the creative and IA work before development begins. Lean UX addresses the importance of using a collaborative, iterative approach to integrate the two disciplines and processes.

This article lays out an effective sample lean UX end-to-end workflow. Having the major UI design phase in the middle of the project workflow can be a great approach.

  • Get the team to find a solution;
  • Pair a designer and a developer;
  • Draw a low-fidelity wireframe;
  • Validate it quickly;
  • Build a low-fidelity prototype;
  • Do usability testing;
  • Make corrections and validate them;
  • Design the UI;
  • Code it;
  • Have users test it;
  • Demo it to the product owner;
  • Deploy it;
  • Collect metrics;
  • Validate it (is it producing the expected result?);
  • Move to the next story until the project is done.

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