With the advent of Mobile Devices, Enterprise Users have started to demand Enterprise Apps which are as user friendly as the consumer mobile apps that are used to on their mobiles. Due to this Consumerization of IT, Designers of Enterprise Apps also have started to leverage User Experience Methodologies while designing their apps. However the UX design approaches adopted by companies like Apple can take anywhere from one to six months depending on the scope of the project, leaving many wasted hours and much designer frustration in its wake. Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed.
Traditional documents are discarded or, at the very least, stripped down to their bare components, providing the minimum amount of information necessary to get started on implementation. Long detailed design cycles are eschewed in favor of very short, iterative, low-fidelity cycles, with feedback coming from all members of the implementation team early and often. Collaboration with the entire team becomes critical to the success of the product. Interestingly and not surprisingly, one of the immediate casualties of Lean UX is the stereotypical solitary designer, working silently in a corner for a period of time, inviting only occasional peeks at their work before it’s “done.” This mindset is also the biggest obstacle to wider adoption of this practice.