couldn’t ﬁnd a pic of a waterfall, a rainbow AND butterﬂies….sorry. http://www.niagarafallscanadapics.net/Niagara-falls-Canada-rainbow-pdam2.jpg ! 3-9 month release cycles ! Thick functional specs ! In-depth wireframe decks ! Long visual design cycles ! Late-stage user validation and testing ! Explicit hand-offs
clear very early. http://www.africandreamadventuresafaris.com/thornbush-arusha-national-park.JPG ! What to do with Big Upfront Design? ! How do you maintain focus on a bigger vision? ! Can we maintain product quality? ! How do you produce creative work faster? ! How do you keep the engineering teams busy each iteration? ! Will lighter product iterations be accepted by the business? ! Will we be blamed if they don’t?
silly, actually. “The whiteboards do not help organize the UX team’s work at all. Instead, they block out natural light from the windows and create a harsh and uncreative visual environment.” - Internal survey respondent
how awesome we are? http://stevejencks.ﬁles.wordpress.com/2008/07/usability.jpg ! Every other week (2 weeks sprints) ! Mid-way through the sprint ! Enough time to react ! Show whatever you have ready ! No more than 3 participants ! Clear the boulders ! Validate and iterate
Opinions are like belly buttons. Belly buttons on cats. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/janekeeler/4677093058/sizes/l/ ! Design reviews ! 2 reviews per iteration ! Initial review mid-way in the sprint, directional alignment ! Second review is ﬁnal – 95% done ! Ad hoc reviews in between ! Decision at second review is made to move forward or spend another iteration designing
advance of coding Lightweight and cost-effective testing Formal, ﬁxed design reviews provide mileposts for everyone to strive toward (but difﬁcult to enforce) Uniﬁed approval processes buy more UX time (when everyone plays along) Summary: (mostly) Win!
Working software over comprehensive documentation • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation • Responding to change over following a plan Lean Startup The Lean Startup methodology has as a premise that every startup is a grand experiment that attempts to answer a question. The question is not "Can this product be built?" Instead, the questions are "Should this product be built?" and "Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?" This experiment is more than just theoretical inquiry; it is a ﬁrst product. #LeanUX | @jboogie
best part … is that the team is doing a F@&K-TON of UX. They document a ton of stuff explicitly on the walls and implicitly in shared understanding among team members.” - Austin Govella commenting on Whitney Hess’s “Why I Detest the Term Lean UX” http://whitneyhess.com/blog/2011/02/27/why-i-detest-the-term-lean-ux/ #LeanUX | @jboogie