Take this 10 question quiz and find out how savvy your
organization is in applying Lean strategies to your user experience work.
Have project teams been trained in the basics of Lean strategies and concepts?
How do you create and test features and functionality of the product you are designing?
How do you collaborate on design projects?
The main reason we want to do Lean UX is because:
Who is behind the Lean UX "movement" in your organization?
Which of the following best describes your organization’s reaction to trying out processes and methodologies such as Lean, Agile, etc?
What is your organization’s culture around getting feedback from customers/target audience/users?
What is your organization’s culture around experimentation and failure?
When does User Experience work happen at your organization?
What is the perceived role of User Experience (UX) in your organization?
If you scored from 0 to 17:
Your organization has a way to go before it will be Lean UX savvy. You have corporate culture issues to deal with, and some training that is needed. Here is a list of recommendations for you:
Look over the Lean UX Checklist at the bottom of this page and pick a place to start. We suggest you start with training so you have a clear idea of what Lean UX and Lean concepts are all about. For example, check out The Team W’s next Lean UX course.
Make sure you read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, even if you aren’t a startup.
If you scored from 26 to 33:
You’ve made good progress on being Lean savvy at your organization, but you are not all the way there yet. Here are some recommendations for you:
Look over the Lean UX Checklist below and see which areas you need to work on. Put together a plan of how to fully implement the missing pieces.
Make sure everyone on the team has read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, even if you aren’t a startup.
Consider sending the whole team to Lean training. If you can’t send the whole team, then at least send the people who are new to Lean processes. For example, check out The Team W’s next Lean UX course.
If you scored from 34 to 40:
Your organization is Lean UX savvy. Keep up the good work. Use the Lean UX Checklist below to see what you might be missing, and decide how to fill any remaining gaps.
As new people join your team make sure everyone reads The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, even if you aren’t a startup. Also send new team members to Lean training. For example, check out The Team W’s next Lean UX course.
Everyone on project teams that are designing and/or developing new products and services has had Lean training.
Project teams understand and have adopted the main Lean UX concepts and processes including experiments, hypotheses, minimum viable products, testing, and pivot points.
Project teams work together throughout a project. Teams include at least one of each: user experience person, developer, stakeholder, subject matter expert, and perhaps others as needed for that particular project.
The organization wants to implement Lean concepts and processes because it knows that the result is better designs that are sustainable and meet the needs of both the business and the target audience.
There is a high level sponsor in the organization who is championing the Lean movement.
The organization has tested the Lean idea with some experimental teams and has a plan now for spreading Lean throughout the organization.
Teams can easily get access to customers/target audience during the design process.
The organization encourages teams to be “intrepeneurs” and to experiment with new ideas and processes, even if a particular idea fails. People are not punished for trying new things.
User Experience staff are involved in projects from beginning to end. They are designing and testing hypotheses, and getting feedback from customers/target audience throughout the project.
User Experience is viewed as the vehicle by which new products and services, or new features and functionality to existing products are created.