I'm currently starting on a project with a colleague who has a very different approached that i'm used too. I tend to work with the "Element of User Experience" by Jesse James Garett. Meaning i work with:

Strategy -> Scope -> Structure -> Skeleton -> Surface

Now my colleague tends to work with Design Thinking, meaning he works with:

Emphasize -> Define -> Ideate -> Prototype -> Test -> Implement

(I know that Design Thinking loops a bit more, but that's the gist of the process).

So we took a moment to sit together and see how we can best work together and where our methods overlap or are very similar. So we came with a bit of the following writeup:

UX Elements vs Design Thinking

I was mostly wondering if this would be viable approach. Or is this something that shouldn't be done together in the first place?


I'm not too familiar with the "Element of User Experience" by Jesse James Garett or what roles you and your colleague take on. When I first looked at your diagram I assumed you were UX Architect and your colleague was design, but why would Architect stop before implementation and testing?

The more I look at this the more questions I have but don't let anyone tell you how you two should work together without knowing more info. Try it out! Keep documenting your process and open to tweaking your process, you never know what could grow to an entirely new method.

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  • JJG doesn't really mention testing a lot. I mean, it mentions that it's important, but it doesn't really fall back on it as much. Design-Thinking seems to be more about reiteration, testing results and refining based on feedback. Therefor when we mapped the image above, we kinda figured that the test/implement steps are more about the development (actual coding) and testing by QA (test-plan). – DennisW Mar 6 at 8:50
  • Do you work with users at any point in your Strategy, Scope, Structure, Skeleton, Surface? I guess testing is where I usually assume that takes place. But I've only recently gotten to a point where I get to involve users holistically throughout the process. – It's Dylan Mar 7 at 16:17

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