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The Agile & Lean UX News #105

Welcome to issue #105 of the Agile and Lean UX News. Curated by Quietstars and delivered to your inbox. Occasionally. We hope you are keeping warm in this chilly weather. So take a break, pull up a chair by the fireside and read on!

Articles of Note


Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development

by Alice Newton Rex (@alicenewtonrex)

“Another benefit of thinking this way is that you stop loading up your product with features that users may not want. An outcome-driven approach will likely lead the team to work more on improving existing features, to get the maximum impact from them, rather than just adding new things on top of them. It might encourage solving problems in a non-technical way: sometimes the answer is better copy, or forming a partnership.”

Documenting Design

by Eliot Hill (@eliothill)

“Confidence can rise and fall in the course of a user journey, depending on what we know at that time. That's why we’ve started to use an indicator to communicate the ‘relative confidence’ we have in a particular part of a user journey at a particular time. This helps the team, and the wider organisation, understand and prioritise what needs more work.”

How to Make Sense of Research in a Digital Space

by Lindsey Redinger (@_lindseytron)

“Being able to gather around the whiteboard is great. However, more and more companies are finding themselves with remote employees, and now need to figure out how to work with their remote teams. … Contrary to what you might have heard, it’s totally possible to set yourself (and your remote team) up to successfully distill your research findings and identify complex patterns, learnings, and insights. In this article, we’ll dive in to a few different methods for remote research analysis and synthesis.”

Better Practices for Scrappy Testing

by Zachary Walsh (@ztwalsh)

“In my experience with scrappy testing… it can be pretty easy to make basic mistakes. Moving too quickly and leaping right into a test can lead to sloppy results that aren’t actionable — believe me, I’ve learned this the hard way. Gaining a shared understanding amongst your team of what is being questioned and how it’s being tested is required. Over time, building this understanding lead our team to develop a simple template to reinforce key considerations in advance of a test.”

A Simple Workshop Format to Help You Define an Effective Product Vision

By James Chudley (@chudders)

“This workshop format proved to be a really effective way of generating a long list of prioritised prototype product vision statements within a short period of time. Following the workshop I worked with the product team to produce a short list of the strongest product vision statements. This list was then presented to the senior leadership team who helped to select the ‘winning’ vision statement that is now being used to guide future product development within the organisation.”

Worth Another Read


Facilitating Collaborative Design Workshops — a Step by Step Guide for Rapidly Creating a Shared Vision for Execution

by Jason Furnell

“I have run a few of these sessions and while exhausting they can be very effective and the tech and business people love them. Once you stop working in isolated “expert” mode (the default for most UXers), and start working collaboratively it’s hard to turn back. It’s simply a more effective, faster and more satisfying way to work.”

Leading Design Redux

Leading Design took place last month with some great sessions. We think you will find these of especial interest.

It’s worth taking a look at the other sessions too.

Upcoming Events

Special Product Management Workshop, 16 November, Redwood City

Innovating Within Established Organisations, 20 November, London

Measuring Actionable Metrics, 5 December, New York

MTP Engage, 7-8 February, Manchester

Agile-Lean Ireland, 25-26 April, Dublin

Agile Manchester, 8-10 May, Manchester

MTP Engage, 22-24 May, Hamburg

ACE!, 23-24 May, Kraków

Quietstars help teams improve with tactical workshops, team coaching and personal coaching. Think we can help your product development teams? Have a question? Not sure where to begin? Visit to find out.

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Until next time. Be excellent to each other.

Kathryn (too busy for twitter) & Adrian (@adrianh)

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