Over time engineers have developed best practices and tools for identifying and managing technical debt, designers must do the same. Design debt can be just as dangerous for the businesses we work for and yet it is often ignored as teams transition to lightweight methodologies like Agile, Scrum, Lean, or Kanban.
Shorter iterations do not automatically lead to better outcomes. Lean UX can leave in it's wake a wasteland of broken experiences littered with tumbleweeds never to be swept up. In this presentation Samuel Bowles will tell stories, and provide practical tools from his experience applying Lean principles to reduce waste while preserving delight.
As Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, rightly warned—Lean methods improperly applied “cause a variety of problems”. In this talk we will explore a number of these pitfalls and potential solutions for how we can avoid them as a balanced team of designers, developers, and business stakeholders.