I had the chance to attend a talk on Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf yesterday. Jeff spoke articulately about how shaving the fluff off of the design process brings back the focus on user experience rather than the production of deliverables.
There were some interesting take-aways for someone some one hoping learning more about the design process.
1) Get away from the drawing board/napkin/computer as soon as you can. Make the idea public (in the org) with cheap prototypes and seek feedback early.
2) What makes a good portfolio that showcases design input? – getting rid of deliverables led to the question, what do you show case if you produce no deliverables? Which brings us back to that evergreen question – “what constitutes a good portfolio?”. “Illustrate process” and “illustrate thinking” were the answers in Jeff’s book. Makes sense and adds up well with the fact that you may not be able to put in a lot of your best work anyways because of NDAs. Your interviewer would not like see you showcasing their assets in a future interview.
- UX Project Documentation: Answering Why, What and How | UX Booth (uxbooth.com)
- Case Study: UX, Design, and Food on the Table (startuplessonslearned.com)