Lean UX & Agile work together well. And while they share lots of common principles they are distinct work streams. Lean UX & Agile aren't the whole picture on how to create great products. You also need to be able to gather customer insights, define customer problems, refine solution concepts, deliver & test solutions and then rinse & repeat these steps. Lean UX is one tool to help us refine & test solution concepts. Agile helps us deliver solutions. A/B testing helps us test what we deliver. Customer driven innovation (pioneered at Intuit) defines a broader methodology that Lean & Agile fit nicely inside of.
Our development processes need to be aligned with the needs of the 21st century in light of the experience of the past decade. Interactive solutions will be used by an increasingly large and diverse population; usability and user experience cannot remain as optional or occasionally-invoked resources on the periphery of development teams.
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Although this article will talk mostly about the relationship between UX leaders and clients, you can also identify and apply these PO attributes when working as a freelancer, consultant, or as part of a larger team. The objective is not to generalize—the same person can have some, all, or none of the following characteristics. What’s important is to observe and learn from them.
I consider this “Product Opportunity Assessment,” as I prefer to call it, an extremely important responsibility of the product manager. The purpose of a good product opportunity assessment is either to a) prevent the company from wasting time and money on poor opportunities; or b) for those that are good opportunities, to understand what will be required to succeed.
Do the tenets of rapid iteration and minimal documentation that characterize the lean and agile approaches preclude the research and analysis activities that we typically conduct when formulating UX strategy?