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Adrian is passionate about building effective teams and great products. He co-founded Quietstars to help companies do that using Lean, Agile and UX practices.

You'll find him working with startup and product development teams — doing everything from coaching & teaching to hands on UX & dev work. With more than 15 years experience working with startups, established businesses and agencies Adrian is an active member of the Agile and Lean UX communities. He's also a mentor for Lean Startup Machine and speakup.io.

You'll often find him ranting in a corner of the bar about how agile, business and user experience folk need to play nice together. Be kind and buy him whisky.


Jun
26
comment Why is the navigation below the brand strip at the top in the new Twitter & Vine app?
Agree with Marjan. Not see this myself. Not seen any research that supports it.
Jun
26
answered Expectation Management
Jun
20
answered Width of visual field of the sharp focus (Macula) area of the retina at average distance from screen
Jun
20
answered Why do many web sites emphasize registration and hide log in forms?
Jun
13
answered How to gauge whether customers would use an advanced feature
Jun
11
comment How to enforce persona usage in company's design process?
++ to what Roger said here. Enforcement is exactly the wrong approach. You need to work with the people and show them the benefits that the good use of persona can bring the product team as a whole.
Jun
9
answered When is the best time to deploy operating system updates?
Jun
9
answered I bought lean ux and ux for lean startups. The diagrams in both books are similar. What is the software used to generate the diagrams?
Jun
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
comment How does Apple manage to deliver its user experience?
@rk - no references. read the last paragraph again ;-)
Jun
3
answered How does Apple manage to deliver its user experience?
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
"Lean UX works best when a production line is working where UX solutions are delivered to the developers" - that's pretty much the opposite view from everybody I know who practices and talks about doing Lean UX. It's all about collaborative design and development work with UX and dev working together. (I'd also argue against the view that agile development is antagonistic towards UX - but that's a separate discussion ;-)
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
What Lean UX adds to the mix is the rich set of experience and practice we have in doing that work well.I'd strong recommend that you take a look at Laura Klein's UX for Lean Startups and Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden's Lean UX (and pre-order Janice Frasier's The Lean Product Book ;-) for more on Lean UX.
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
Also, I think you may have misunderstand the core of Lean Startup - since the "build" aspect of the build-measure-learn loop doesn't mean "product". It means something that lets us to learn by validating one of our hypothesis. That can be a drawing on a napkin and a chat with the user. Right from the start, via Steve Blank's Customer Development, Lean Startup folk have been urging everybody to "get out of the building" and talk to users. Folk "researching how users use thing" is exactly what Lean Startup recommends before investing in full scale product development.
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
"Lean UX is not the same as Lean Start" - not precisely. However Janice Fraser, the woman who coined the term, does define it as UX work in a Lean Startup context. As do Jeff & Josh in their Lean UX book. Even when Lean UX applied in non-startup contexts it owes a heavy debt to the hypothesis driven approach from Lean Startup and the general philosophical approaches of Lean Thinking.
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
"Lean UX is all about reducing the amount of deliverables" - I disagree. The "lean" in "lean ux" (and "lean startup" come to that) isn't "less stuff" - it comes from the lean thinking world (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean). The goal isn't reduction of deliverables - it's a side effect. The goal is not doing wasteful work when there are more effective mechanisms to produce great products.
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
Hey Stewart. I want to comment since I've actually down voted you (rare for me ;-) and wanted to explain why. While there are some differing opinions on the precise definition of Lean UX I think the way you presented it here is so far from the majority view it's good as wrong in some aspects. To pick some specifics:
May
30
comment Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
"if you're not an integral part of the development organization, then Lean UX can be tough, if not impossible (correct me if I'm wrong on this assertion)" - You're not wrong ;-) It is much harder. You might find this session where Johanna Kollmann & Martina Schell talk about doing Lean UX in an agency environment of interest - good stuff vimeo.com/62646947
May
30
answered Is the Agile Manifesto based on UX philosophies (or vice versa)?
May
28
answered Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?