Lean UX is a way to approach user experience that fosters collaboration across business and functional groups in an effort to quickly generate and test solutions to design and development needs and challenges. In typical UX design research, design, prototyping, and testing occur, often before development begins. In connecting UX design to other parts of a business, it becomes lean ux.

The technique behind the lean UX approach is based upon think tank theory, where a group of thinkers is used to find solutions instead of individuals working independently. There are a number of key elements in applying lean UX principles to any design project:

  • Lean UX encourages you to work as a part of a team to brainstorm and solve specific problems, rather than looking at solutions on an individual level
  • Apply sketching techniques early in the design process to visualize ideas more clearly
  • Create prototypes as soon as possible to ensure your solutions are meeting the needs of the user, or solving the problems you are attempting to address.
  • Developers and designers need to collaborate, ideally working in the same location, to ensure the greatest level of productivity.
  • Create a library of resources that makes it easy for developers to address common or repeated elements without consistent interaction from the UX team. This includes a style guide that identifies design elements that can be used in prototypes and interfaces, and common visual elements that can easily be accessed and re-used.

Lean UX Training

Many of the principles of Lean UX are incorporated in both the Introduction to UX Design Principles course and the Rapid Prototyping class. Whether you are just getting started in UX design, or have a UX design team and want to focus on lean UX principles, there several lean UX training options available from American Graphics Institute.

Lean UX Books

If you want to read more on the topic, there are several books dedicated to lean UX. The book Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf covers the fundamental principles of lean UX. Books on lean business principles also carry many principles that can be applied to a UX team, such as UX for Lean Startups: Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design by Laura Klein

Creating an efficient process that helps you to produce apps or websites more efficiently that better meet the needs of the users is the goal of lean UX. There are several ways for you to improve your skills in these areas: enrolling in a UX class, attending a workshop, or reading books focused on user experience principles. Any of these will help you and your organization to produce better designs more quickly and easily.

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Understanding Lean UX