Kelly Krout & JP Carrascal - Lean UX Research at Scale

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August 28, 2020

Kelly Krout & JP Carrascal - Lean UX Research at Scale

In recent years, as technology engineering production and release cycles have sped up, user experience (UX) research practices have correspondingly become more Lean to best match those cycles. On top of that, the increasing interest in incorporating user feedback into product development keeps pushing the limit of resources that UX research teams can allocate. Is this seemingly unstoppable appetite for customer insights sustainable? How can UX researchers properly support their product teams’ growing needs? We argue that, to be successful at scaling up Lean UX research, product teams need to become active actors in the process, while researchers need to use their expertise to provide guidance and training as required. As an example of this approach, we describe our experience organizing “Developer Day”, a yearly event aimed at scaling up the Lean UX research practices of Microsoft’s Developer Division. Developer Day has also extended the reach of the division’s UX Research team for impacting decisions about the company’s software developer tools and services.

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August 28, 2020
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    i f a li e e e a d he ef e ma c ai e . Thi a c i i he j i e f Ca i LIVE a d he a h i ed a e ible f a me a d ma be c ied ed b a he a i h a h i a i . Page 34 ill a i like j e ma , b a d . We d hi he c mm ica i g e l f m de el e da . He e e h a a m e am le ha i cl de a c me , h a d e . We ide g ide h ell he ie f m ha he ' e lea f m he c me he ' e me . Thi im ac ladde h he g e i ac i a d h em a h i a ece a e ge he e. We belie e da a ca lead e e, a a e e a d de a di g, b i ' em a h ha lead ad cac a d ac i . De el e da ha a g im ac d c a e c llec a la ge am f i igh f m hi e da . F i a ce, d i g e i he i al di eam e a e e he lef i i e c me i e d a he i he e ec ed fi d he Vi al S di a . Be ide he e e e e ci e , he eam al i e ie ed c me ab hei beha i . Af e a al i , eam i eg a ed i h he e ea ch i c ea e c fide ce. The e l e e he la e im ac f l i he ede ig f he ge c de c ee a d he e dial g e i Vi al S di 2019 h he igh . De el e da al hel e g he ela i hi i h c me , a ca ee he e. O c me l e he i mee i h he e le h make he d c he e e e da a d alk ab hei eed a d e e ie ce . The feel ha hei ice ha bee hea d. The lea e feeli g e e gi ed a d h ef l ab he f e f d c . I'm g i g la a ide f de el e da , gi e he e e ie ce f ha i ' like be a he e e . (Vide la ) >> We ha e 250 Mic f em l ee he e da c me alk
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    i f a li e e e a d he ef e ma c ai e . Thi a c i i he j i e f Ca i LIVE a d he a h i ed a e ible f a me a d ma be c ied ed b a he a i h a h i a i . Page 35 a d lea ab all he e e ie ce ha ha e. >> We' e ac all b i gi g i g am ma age , f a e de el e ha a e he e de ig i g a d b ildi g he e fea e a d e a hea ha c me ha e a . >> We' e h icall e he c me e ca h hem e a d ha e hem alk h gh i . >> Thi ea i ac all ec d ea d i g de el e da . I ' a eall fa a f ge i g a l f c e a i ha e i g i he h am f ime. >> S f a e i a eam a d i c ea i gl ime ma ke i i d i i g e le a deli e f a e fa e . Y a be able ki d f ha e he e ick i e ac i ha e eal ime. >> Ha i g hi c ec i , he di e i f e le, he di e i f OS eall j make i ea ie f me c mmi Mic f . Pe all i h m ca ee a d e c age m c m a . >> O e f he i e ie ee da a like i ' a e me be face- -face i h he e le maki g he e l beca e i feel like ' e li e i g . >> Thi i a g ea i ell Mic f e ac l ha I eed a d I l e i ha Mic f i bec mi g m e a a e . S I feel like ' e ha i g ld i h me.
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    i f a li e e e a d he ef e ma c ai e . Thi a c i i he j i e f Ca i LIVE a d he a h i ed a e ible f a me a d ma be c ied ed b a he a i h a h i a i . Page 36 >> We k a l f leade f m he di i i c me, b e e a d lea beca e e feel hi ce ca be f he caled m e f he Mic f eam . >> We had a b ch f idea , e did ' hi k all f hem e e g i g ick. We a ed e if he blem e h gh c me ac all had e e blem he had. >> Behi d e e b g he e' a e h i ha i g a blem a d eall ha e hi e make hei f a i g a a . >> A e le i ech l g , me ime e d ' de a d ha he e em i ha e a di ec c ela i i h he k ha he ' e d i g. The em a h a a me hi g ha e mi . If ge h e ai i h e le el f e ci eme he ca eall de a d h ca im e meb d ' k. >> Whe e a e hi i g d c , e k i ' g i g be me hi g ha ' he igh ch ice f c me . I ' a cha ce e k a d i ' al f , . KELLY KROUT: OK. Well, ha k . Y ca each JP a d I alk m e. Y ca al check he e e ce lea m e, hich i cl de a c mi g blica i f hi e alk ha e did. STEVE BATY: Tha k , Kell , JP. Tha d a d l k like i a a de f l e e . Reall g d e. H ma c me did ge h gh i f f ha ? I mi ed ha mbe . I a he mbe f de el e , I did ' ee he mbe f c me ha had h gh?
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    i f a li e e e a d he ef e ma c ai e . Thi a c i i he j i e f Ca i LIVE a d he a h i ed a e ible f a me a d ma be c ied ed b a he a i h a h i a i . Page 37 JP CARRASCAL: I ' a d 100. I ha a ied ac he h ee ea ha e' e d e i . B a d 100. STEVE BATY: Tha ' g ea . Reall , eall g d. Sa ah a k d ha e la d a COVID- afe e i f he da ? JP CARRASCAL: Tha ' a eall g d e i . S e e e g i g C ec i he field c fe e ce hich i he bigge de el e c fe e ce e d e e ea . The c fe e ce had i ch em e a d e c ld ' d de el e da . B e a ed he em e e i f he c fe e ce a ki d f il i g ech i e a d e ha e a b ch f idea i mi d. S if e ea , if i ha e be ha e' e i he ame i a i , e ha e e e al idea h a f m i a em e e i g. STEVE BATY: We ha e a e i . Did he de el e ha e a ch ice ab a ici a i g a d did he c me i h hei e i c me ? KELLY KROUT: We had ecific file ha e e e ec i i g f . Of he 100 c me ha a ici a ed i de el e da , e ac all had alm 1,000 ha ig ed a d a ed a ici a e a d he i h he eam , e had a l f diffe e c i e ia file e e e eeki g i ' m e e d ha e elec ed he igh c me f he igh h he e ha e e e e i g. B ha bei g aid, e had cial e e af e a d he e c me had he cha ce mee i h he e gi ee a d d c eam a d a k a e i he a ed .
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