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Run-on Sentence Summary

A short manifesto on how to integrate design work with a software team employing the lean strategy.

Impressions

When I picked this up, I hadn’t read any of the other “lean startup” books, but understood the basic premise. The fundamental concept of this book, as well as lean in general, is that to build a successful product a team needs to iterate quickly and test often. This book goes into specifics about how to integrate designers into that iterative approach.

Too often, design is treated as a black box where a developer contracts out a designer to create a mockup one time, and then fills in the functionality. This book preaches that to build the thing the customer wants, design and elopement need to work closely together in an iterative fashion. Its full of good examples and specific practical advice.

Final Thoughts

I wish I had read this book earlier, back when I was learning UX with Prime Air. I am drinking the lean cool aid.

Favorite Quote

““It’s not iterative if you only do it once.” Teams need to make a commitment to continuous improvement, and that means not simply refactoring code and addressing technical debt but also reworking and improving user interfaces.”