What is Lean UX? Lean UX was born out of the Lean startup movement. The concept of ‘being lean’ is derived from Lean manufacturing principles, which essentially postulates [1]: “making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else.” Lean UX !== Agile UX Lean UX can sometimes be confused with Agile UX, which is an earlier manifestation. While Agile UX relies on the integration of User Experience Design into Agile Software Development Methodologies; whereas, Lean UX is suited to the Build-Measure-Learn cycles, or learning loops. “Lean UX is an evolution, not a revolution.” What does Lean UX have to do with design? One beneficial model for incorporating Lean UX into the design process is leveraging Style Tiles, or element collages. Traditionally, client work relies heavily on creating elaborate Photoshop mockups. However, this is precarious because designing a page is quite different from designing a block, or widget, section, element, what-have-you–as is monitoring and eliciting feedback, and developing such elements. This whole process relies heavily on assumptions on the consumer’s desired values, and can generate the waste that bogs down budgets (time, money). As my colleague
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