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Lean UX is an incredibly useful technique when working on projects where the Agile development method is used. Traditional UX techniques often don’t work when development is conducted in rapid bursts – there’s not enough time to deliver UX in the same way. Fundamentally Lean UX and other forms of UX all have the same goal in mind; delivering a great user experience it’s just that the way you work on a project is slightly different. So let’s take a look at how that might work.

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Most people these days scroll through plain or lifeless text posts in different social media networks like Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. While this may be normal for some, designers like us just can’t help but crave for something extraordinary — some beautiful design. If you’re tired of staring at black text on white background all day, then this app shall be your new companion and best friend!

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User research is adaptive. Like all fields, we plan the best way we can for our work, however it’s all subject to change when we hit the ground and execute that plan. User research, when conducted thoroughly generates a lot of data, and it’s important to think about that before you conduct your research.

 

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Usability testing is an essential part of product development. A common question from those new to the field is “when should we test?” The answer is simple; you test before a redesign, you test during the redesign and then you test afterwards too. Here’s why:

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In one of the first usability tests I ever did, I met a lovely old lady who could not use a mouse. She kept lifting it in the air and pointing at the screen, speaking words of encouragement to the cursor. At the end of the test I got absolutely nothing, but she did think I was a “lovely boy” who should meet her granddaughter. Very quickly I learned the value of setting very clear criteria for participant recruitment.

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It’s the end of the first week of the New Year and while you’re cooling your heels and waiting to get back to work; here are some great pieces from around the web to keep your head firmly in the game even if you’re still firmly in your armchair at home.

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Looking to get more out of your usability tests? It can be hard working out how to make your tests more effective and return a greater ROI. Yet, there are some simple steps you can take to improve the results of usability tests without having to spend a fortune or put in a lot of extra time…

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