Lean UX is a methodology that many companies have adopted to improve their UX strategy and innovate faster. Lean UX can also help academia to innovate in the ways that it prepares students for the User Experience field.

A new paper by Giuseppe Getto of East Carolina University, Youngstown State’s R.J. Thompson, and our very own Karan Saggi explores the ways in which Lean UX methods can be used to spur UX innovation in higher education. The paper is available on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Below is the abstract:

 

User experience (UX) is emerging as a cross-functional field bridging professions as diverse as marketing, graphic design, web development, and technical communication. To build better user experiences, many industry-based organizations are creating teams across departments to spur innovation and collaborative problem-solving. At the same time, academia has been slow to offer courses and programs devoted specifically to training job-ready UX designers. With its focus on relationship-building with industry stakeholders, the field of Technical and Professional Communication is uniquely positioned to lead the way when it comes to UX innovation in academia. In order to encourage UX research and teaching, below we present heuristics for spurring UX innovation across both these fronts.

 

Check out the full paper for a detailed look at the many ways UX professionals in education can integrate lean thinking and ideas into their research projects and teaching activities.