If you’re a user experience designer, you have likely heard the term “Lean UX”. You may be asking; “What exactly is ‘lean’ user experience? Where did this term come from? What are its main principles and should I be taking them on?”
The term ‘lean’ refers to the practice of “minimizing waste and maximizing flow,” which is referenced by Eric Ries in Lean Startup. The typical ‘lean’ UX approach goes as follows:
Brainstorm -> Build -> Measure -> Learn -> Repeat
In this approach, the user experience designer is constantly iterating through new cycles, taking new learnings from the previous release. It allows you to test the concept before building it. Ultimately, it could result in less time wasted and a better end product. The faster the product be built, the quicker the concept can be validated and the quicker user data and feedback can be collected.
Some of the principles of Lean UX include the following:
- Intense collaboration between the design, product management and development team
- Goal-oriented, with a core focus on generating many results
- Recognition of hypothesis and being able to validate them
- Solving problems through a repeatable routine
Lean UX is an ideal approach to design if fast results are needed. As a used experience designer, if you’re working with a tight timeline, lean may be the way to go since it is all about rapid experimentation.
It allows the designers to constantly and frequently adjust their design plans to respond to the new results and experimentation outcomes.
About The Author :
This Article is written by Codal’s Writer. Codal is a user experience design agency with a focus on blending an Agile process with the latest emerging technologies.