The Origins of Lean UX

A lot has happened since 2007 when Desiree Sy and Lynne Miller published “Adapting Usability Investigations for Agile User Centered Design. Many people who were influenced by that paper created related material under the terms “agile ux” “agile experience design” “balanced team” and “lean ux.” If you’re interested in learning more about the influences and thinking behind “Lean UX” as it evolved, check out some of the presentations from the people below:

Anders Ramsay
Desiree Sy
Janice Fraser
Jeff Gothelf
Jeff Patton
Johanna Kollmann
Jonathan Berger
Josh Seiden
Lane Halley
Tim Mccoy

Desiree and a bunch of the people in the above list collaborated to produce a Balanced Team conference in 2011. Many of these same folks also participated in the Agile UX NYC conference in 2012 and the Lean UX NYC conference in 2013.

If you’re interested in upcoming events, check out
Lean Day: West Portland OR, September 2013
Balanced Team San Francisco CA, November 2013
Lean UX NYC New York NY, April 2014

I am sure I’ve forgotten people who should be included here. Please add a comment with the name and URL for anyone else you feel should be on this list.

It’s Our Research

I’m pleased and honored that Tomer Sharon @tsharon asked me to participate in his video project in support of his new book “It’s Our Research.” In this short video, we interview each other about the following topics:

  • (00:24) How can we covert traditional research techniques to be more quick, visual, collaborative and continuous?
  • (03:12) Is it harder to get permission for generative or evaluative research?
  • (06:24) How do entrepreneurs change when they understand and implement design thinking and research?
  • (08.49) How can teams get to “difficult” users (non consumer/specialists like doctors, brokers)
  • (12:50) Some UX practitioners feel threatened when non-UX people get involved, what’s your take on this?
  • (15:06) What do you do if you are forbidden by your organization to talk to users?


Take a little time and enjoy the series. You can also watch interviews with Eric Ries, Seth Godin, Jared Spool, Johanna Kollman and Janice Fraser.

Balconf: Hybrid User Interviews

Here’s my talk at the Balanced Team Conference in San Francisco Sep 23-25, 2011.

You can see other presentations from this event on the Balanced Team Blog.