Nowadays, many companies face the challenge of translating extensive stakeholder requirements into user-centric software. Naturally, in a short time-to-market and at the lowest possible cost. Sounds unsolvable? Not if you use the right framework. Find out here how Lean UX can help you solve this dilemma!
What is Lean UX?
Lean UX consists of terms Lean Production and UX (User Experience). User Experience encompasses the process of optimizing usability, accessibility and user experience to achieve maximum user satisfaction. Lean Production describes the principle of making processes lean. This does not mean applying little effort, low costs and as little labor as possible. Rather, it means using the right resources and thus achieving the most profitable result for the customer. Lean UX uses this essential principle of lean production and transfers it to a collaborative, user-centered design process. Hence, the agile framework answers the following key question: How can you develop the most relevant software with the minimal resources?
Outcome rather than output
Lean UX sets the utility value as the overriding goal in software development. Hence, a digital product is not only successful when it can do as much as possible (output). It is successful when it can do exactly what the user needs (outcome). So lean UX breaks the paradigm of making efficiency dependent on the sheer number of functions delivered and stakeholder requirements fulfilled. Alternatively, with this framework you only execute requirements in your software that actually offer a benefit. This saves you time and money.
Interdisciplinary design process as basis for Lean UX
For a successful product you first and foremost need profitable ideas and smart solutions. The more people you already involve in the brainstorming process, the more efficient ideas will be formed. That is why it is recommended to involve all team members in the early, creative phase of product development. In such a way, your team will gain a common understanding of the problems and goals to be solved in addition to better solution ideas. This shared knowledge base is important because it helps you avoid time-consuming and expensive documentation during the course of the project, which only serves as knowledge transfer.
The Lean UX foundation is: Test, improve and learn
The users decide whether a software solution really works. Early user acceptance and usability tests help your team to focus solely on working solutions. In lean thinking patterns, early means: as early as possible. If the user rejects a solution that is laid out as a paper prototype, even the best design, ingenious lines of code or great animations cannot change anything.
But just because a solution idea works in principle, it is far from being complete. The tests are repeated in all production steps in order to continuously optimize the user experience leading up to the final product. The knowledge about the users and their behavior gained in this process helps your team make future forecasts and decisions – and, last but not least, convinces the stakeholders of the chosen path.
Lean UX supports your team in successfully developing software products: It promotes collaborative dialogue and at the same time offers a variety of exceptional methods for developing ideas. The synergistic framework is particularly helpful in complex projects that have a major impact on your corporate structure. It helps to keep your team on the right track.
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