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Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business

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April 9, 2011 9:00 AM

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Traditionally, User Experience design has been firmly grounded in paper-based documents. Meticulous wireframes, heavyweight specs, granular flow diagrams, and branded presentations have been accepted as the de facto fruits of our labor. But do these deliverables solve business problems? In fact, they don't.

While each artifact provides documentation and a tangible work product to stakeholders, too much focus on their perfection has caused us to be measured and compensated by the quality of our documentation instead of by the success of the experiences we design.

Enter Lean UX. Inspired by Lean and Agile methodologies, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light, faster. In this talk, Jeff will explain the iterative strategy and team communication model that characterizes Lean UX, where documentation is not discounted but instead transformed into a practical and usable tool. Jeff will also explain how to introduce Lean UX to your team, whether you're in a large corporation or an interactive agency.

Through articulate visuals and humorous anecdotes the audience will be invited to participate in the discussion with their own questions and challenges. Interaction designers, IA's, UX Designers— anyone responsible for an experience of some kind— will benefit from learning how to get out of the deliverables business and back into the experience design business.

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