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May
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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answered Is the Agile Manifesto based on UX philosophies (or vice versa)?
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answered Shouldn't UX be Lean and Agile inherently?
May
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answered Forcing users to use a new password everytime they reset
May
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answered Why do ATMs need to take your card in?
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May
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answered Do American users also confuse the day and the month in dates like 01/02/2013
May
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comment What makes OpenID so difficult to use by persons with no technical background?
An additional drawback - the choice problem hits when folk log in too. Stackexchange usually remembers my details. When it forgets, or when I use a new browser or a different machine, I have to remember which of the N different options will actually log me in ;-/
May
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answered What is the best approach to design registration page
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comment What is the best approach to design registration page
Every single time I have /tested/ openid with "normal" users as opposed to technical folk it's caused more problems than it's solved. Every. Single. Time. Has anybody's experiences been different?
May
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answered Comparing the WAMMI and SUS scales