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🌶️ Post | Can we even blend Lean UX and Agile?

First thing first y'all. Let's properly define what LEAN UX and AGILE FRAMEWORK mean.


A very sexy way of saying that you will apply the principles of UX Design in a lean environment.


A common practice in software development whereby you track and monitor your progress using sprints and sticky notes on boards.

Ok ok, I know I am NOT doing justice to these important concepts. So let's identify them formally :D



Lean UX is a customer-centric, data-driven approach to design that emphasizes continuous improvement and collaboration, and is well-suited to the fast-paced, constantly-evolving world of digital product design. It is heavily based on the lean startup methodology.

Agile framework is a project management approach that emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and customer satisfaction. The agile methodology is based on iterative and incremental development, where work is broken down into small, manageable tasks that are completed in short timeframes known as sprints. This allows teams to adapt quickly to changing requirements and priorities, as well as to receive feedback from stakeholders and adjust their approach accordingly.

So....can they be combined into one project and still work out fine? The answer is a big Y.E.S and here is how:

  1. Collaborative Design Sprints: Lean UX emphasizes on cross-functional teams working collaboratively, which can be achieved through Design Sprints. A Design Sprint is a five-day process where the team comes together to ideate, prototype, and validate a solution. The Scrum framework can be used to structure the Sprint, with each day focused on a specific objective, such as ideation, prototyping, and testing.

  2. Backlog Refinement: In Scrum, the Product Backlog is a prioritized list of items that the team will work on. In Lean UX, the team continuously refines and validates assumptions about the user and the problem space. Combining these practices, the team can work on Backlog Refinement to prioritize user stories based on validated assumptions, and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that the product backlog reflects the user's needs.

  3. Sprint Reviews: The Scrum framework includes Sprint Reviews, where the team demonstrates the completed work to stakeholders. In Lean UX, the team continuously tests and validates the solution with users. Combining these practices, the team can conduct a Sprint Review that includes user feedback, which can be used to inform the next Sprint and refine the backlog.

  4. Continuous Delivery: In Scrum, the team delivers a potentially shippable product increment at the end of each Sprint. In Lean UX, the team continuously delivers small, validated features. Combining these practices, the team can adopt a continuous delivery approach, where validated features are delivered to the user as soon as they are ready.

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Alora, by combining Lean UX with the Scrum framework, you and your awesome team can create a collaborative and iterative design process that continuously validates assumptions, prioritizes user needs, and delivers value to the user. Now, isn't that a spicy deal? 🌶️


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