(Book Review) Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams , 2nd Edition


Review Published: August 29th, 2017.

From authors Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden comes a full examination of Lean UX.

From theory to application, this book offers seasoned UX Designers and newcomers a broad and detailed examination of the newest strategy to design great products.


Three and a half out of five.What does this mean?

(Great Central Idea, Presentation Needs Polishing)


Moderate (Some UX design knowledge needed).


208 pages.

Where to Get It:

The Good

  • Delivers a solid framework for understanding the origins and purpose of Lean UX; this helps the reader to form a sturdy but flexible understanding of what Lean UX is, why we need it, and how it can be used in a broader business context.
  • A comprehensive explaination of how to conduct your own Lean UX process; this acts as a general “field guide” for using Lean UX for your own projects.
  • A thorough examination of Lean UX and how you can integrate Agile Software Development with it; examines several ways that integration has been done, and highlights their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Plenty of case studies to back up their theory; this helps to see the common thread of Lean UX process and results across several projects/industries.

The Bad

  • Organization of the book is solid, but could be clarified more; some content seems to be “tacked on”, distracting from the essential stuff.
  • Editing is needed to bring several disparate terms into a single taxonomy throughout the book; terms can suddenly change (most likely a result of different authors writing different sections), leading to reader confusion.
  • The book assumes a knowledge of UX Design; while largely accessible, getting the most out of it requires a larger body of design knowledge.

The Bottom Line

  • Since this is a developing field, most short-comings of the book can be ignored; the overall value and quality of the content is high, despite some parts that are a bit vague.
  • This is the 2nd edition of the book, and future editions will undoubtedly clarify things even further; the authors seem to be heavily invested in bettering their work, which makes them worth listening to.
  • This is essential reading for UX professionals and highly recommended for anyone involved in the changing landscape of business; well worth the read for anyone involved in the design field who is seeking to combine the possibilities of great design work with the pressing realities of business.
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