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.