Lean UX
Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2013
Pages: 152

The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality. In this insightful book, leading advocate Jeff Gothelf teaches you valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques from the ground up—how to rapidly experiment with design ideas, validate them with real users, and continually adjust your design based on what you learn.

Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.

  • Frame a vision of the problem you’re solving and focus your team on the right outcomes
  • Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team
  • Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process
  • Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid
  • Incorporate the voice of the customer throughout the project cycle
  • Make your team more productive: combine Lean UX with Agile’s Scrum framework
  • Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX

Lean UX received the 2013 Jolt Award from Dr. Dobb's Journal as the best book of the year. The publication's panel of judges chose five notable books, published during a 12-month period ending June 30, that every serious programmer should read.

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    4.0

    My Lean-swizz army knife

    By @samuellarsson

    from Stockholm, Sweden

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      Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

      Not only good theory, but also real world examples how the author puts theory into practice. Buzzwords are all fine, we've all heard about the awesome LEAN-model (and maybe claim to use some of it?). This book was my first serious attempt to understand how Lean and UX would fit together. I got the picture and more important - guides how to start implementing it where I work!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Makes you re think on your UX strategies

      By Vam

      from Hyderabad, India

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
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      • Chapter Summary Atthe End
      • Last Chapter More Example
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      Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

      I have read this book at the same time I was trying to set up a new UX team in a new start up. I have worked in a setup of Waterfall, and Agile at the development but not at the design level, but this book provides me with a good level of how to set up agile UX methodologies in an organization, and gives me enough tools to do so. The book doesn't deviate, concise, and can be consulted again and again for inspiration and methodology changes of executing Product Design.

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      5.0

      Great help in defining new Processes

      By Leaner dev

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          Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

          This book gave me the insight and knowledge I needed, as well as answering many questions I had.

          I purchased the book in order to learn about taking a lean approach to development/design, moving to lean was a something that I wasn't to thrilled about (but was imposed on me), but this book taught me how to use a lean methodology to meet by development goals.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Much ado about nothing

          By Bernd the Nerd

          from Germany

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          • Too basic

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          Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

          The book describes the design of user interfaces from 10.000 feet view. No really practical examples.

           
          4.0

          An easy to read book

          By Richard

          from Malmo, Sweden

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            Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

            An easy to read book that gives many good tips about setting up interaction design and how to collaborate closely with all members in a product team, to ensure a quick efficient production cycle, from wireframes to design and a final product.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Invaluable tried & tested insights

            By Mr Leo

            from Singapore

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              Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

              A must read for any UX practitioner.

               
              4.0

              Mixed bag of tactics, tips and tricks

              By Mike Ridyard

              from Carlisle, UK

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              • Requires Prior Knowledge

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              Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

              As with most things in life, sometimes a simple approach really is the best. I found "Lean UX" a helpful and comprehensive book which provided a clear departure from the old fashioned product development cycle. In Lean UX, Jeff and Josh stress the importance of collaborative design - getting the whole team AND clients involved as early in the process as possible. Cross-functional teams are formed which continuously validate assumptions while, developing and re-developing products in an Agile environment and of course learn from their mistakes and assumptions throughout the process. Not only would I recommend this to a friend, I'd recommend it to the entire team! (Reviewed as part of O'Reilly Blogger Review Programme)

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              5.0

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              By Derick Jose

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                Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

                Here are things which were great
                1.Insane focus on business outcomes
                2. 14 core principles
                a. Small, Dedicated, Colocated teams
                b. Progress = Outcomes, Not Output
                c. Problem-Focused Teams
                d. Removing Waste
                e. Small Batch Size
                f. Continuous Discovery
                g. GOOB : "getting out of the building."
                h. Shared understanding
                i. Anti-patterns
                j. Externalising work
                k. Making over Analysis
                l. Learning over growth
                m. Permission to fail
                n. Getting out of deliverables business

                3. Product being predicated on 5 pillars - Assumptions + Hypothesis + Outcomes + Personas + Features

                4. 12 point business assumption worksheet which makes explicit all the assumptions

                5. 6 point user worksheet

                6. Breaking down macro product hypothesis(un testable) into micro testable hypothesis

                7. Bringing the end user 'alive' - a 4 Quadrant worksheet to map proto-personas ( our best guess of the user)
                a. Sketch and name
                b. Behavioural demographic
                c. Pain points and needs
                d. Potential solutions

                8. Feature map template
                a. We will create ___________ feature
                b. For ____________ persona
                c. To achieve ___________________ outcome

                9. Low fidelity prototypes to increase interaction, collaboration and crystallisation

                10. Jeff and Josh emphasize on "Human conversations" as the most powerful tool to eliciting latent needs

                The best statement = "stakeholder conversation becomes less
                about what artifact is being created and more about which outcome is being achieved. "

                One of the most actionable for product development. 150 pages of distilled wisdom . Full of highlighter marks !!!

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                El libro justo para el momento justo

                By DGGONZALEZ

                from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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                  Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

                  En una época donde las nuevas versiones de los sistemas operativos están siendo rechazadas por los usuarios y las tablets y smartphones comienzan a ser más usados que los ordenadores el desarrollo de productos que respondan a las necesidades de los usuarios es esencial.

                  Combinando las teorías Agile y Lean los autores proponen una metodología de desarrollo donde los usuarios son parte integrante del proceso de desarrollo y la prueba y error sustituyen al análisis.

                  El libro constituye una guía muy completa y es útil no solo para quienes desarrollan software sino para cualquier tipo de actividad manufacturera y hasta de servicios. Desde la concepción del producto hasta la producción de los prototipos y recogida de opiniones de los usuarios todos los temas son explicados de manera clara y sencilla

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Solid. Direct. Use it right away.

                  By Ally

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                    Comments about oreilly Lean UX:

                    I'm a UX designer and this was a great, to the point set of instructions and insights into how Lean UX can begin to shape a company. Gothelf frames lean principles in a UX setting and offers a number of tools that any designer will welcome into his/ her practice. On a very human note, it's not always easy to implement new systems like this and Gothelf speaks to these challenges.

                    This very accessible book is something the whole company or start-up can read in 2 days and apply for immediate results.

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