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Lean UX

diagram of the Lean UX process

I’ve just handed in my final assignment for a Certificate in Lean UX, with the Institute of Technology Tralee. This course was due to be run in situ, earlier in the year, but due to a number of reasons, including the Covid19 pandemic, it was rescheduled to run remotely over 2 jam packed remote workshops, with a serious amount of research work to build up a case study assignment.

I’m still in recovery mode, and haven’t quite gotten my head round everything we crammed into a short space of time, but I have to say, I’m very excited about what we did. So what is Lean UX?

Lean UX is a technique, born out of Toyota’s manufacturing model, that works in alignment with Agile development methods. It aims to reduce waste and provide value. Essentially, lean UX combines the solution-based approach of design thinking with the iteration methods which compound Agile.F

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Or to quote the Lean UX guru himself, Jeff Gothelf, from his book ‘Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

“Lean UX is about bringing the true nature of a product to light faster, in a collaborative, cross-functional way that reduces the emphasis on thorough documentation while increasing the focus on building a shared understanding of the actual product experience being designed.”

Jeff Gothelf,

Over the course of two jam packed workshops, we used a variety of remote collaborative tools, Zoom, Trello, Mural, and Google Docs. Our first workshop focused on Lean UX which included creating business canvas models and user personals, using lightening decision jams, etc. Our second workshop, ran as a Design Sprint, where we took a case study and worked through each of the Sprint sessions, starting with Sprint questions, and working up to a high fidelity prototype for user testing.

I’m happy to publicly share my research and assignment, but because I haven’t received my grading yet, I figured, I better not. Once I have received my grading, and reworked some of my notes, I’ll share all the exciting processes I worked through here.


So, what do you think ?