Presenting Lean UX to the UK web management community at IWMW
Last month I had the honour of giving the opening plenary presentation at IWMW 2016, the UK Higher Education web professionals’ conference, in Liverpool. My topic was Lean UX, or as i expressed it, why requirements are hypotheses. Video and slides are now available.
The IWMW conference series has been running 20 years now, so it’s well established in the sector and each year attracts up to 200 delegates from across the country.
Lean UX: Requirements are hypotheses
My presentation was an introduction to the concepts of Lean UX, borrowing heavily from the work of Jeff Gothelf and Tomer Sharon, with a couple of case studies about how I’ve put it into practice at the Website Programme.
It was very well received, with lots of follow up questions and chats with delegates through the remainder of the 3 day conference. One of the conversations is leading up to a rerun with some associated training for another institution.
As with most of my more significant and general interest presentations, I’ve hosted it on SlideShare.
My talk was also broadcast live over the web, with a recording now on You Tube for posterity. (I’ve set the video to start 32 minutes in, to skip the conference opening welcomes.)
Transcript (of sorts)
A significant proportion of the talk was based on one I’d given earlier in the year at the Web Publishers Community which I then wrote up as a blog post. So if you don’t have time for slides and video, you can pick up all the key points from this (although the case studies have been updated since).
Write ups and feedback
There have been a number of write ups since the conference, and it’s nice to see that my presentation has prompted reflection and new thinking among web teams across UK universities.
Kevin Mears (@mearso) from Cardiff University was once again busy producing sketchnotes and I’m very honoured and grateful for the work he did on my session.
You can read what delegates thought on Twitter via the hashtags #iwmw16 #p1.
I’ve also taken a screengrab of the majority of the tweets…
Conference survey feedback (updated 8 September)
A quick addition to this post, as I received feedback from the conference organisers who have collated their survey results…
32.4% rated your talk as excellent, 56.8% as very good and 10.8% as good of the 37 responses received for your talk. The average rating was 4.22.
Brian Kelly, IWMW Conference Organiser
The following comments were given:
- Really useful stuff! Lots that was applicable to our situation.
- I think it was a good way of introducing Lean UX and how the principles can be applied to a lot of situations/projects and not just strictly what people would view as UX.
- ‘Requirements are hypotheses’ is a great way of putting it.
- Useful, good presenter.
- Neil Allison’s talks are often very valuable, bringing a much needed UX perspective that is sometimes missing from HE web managers’ thinking. There was a danger that this talk would cover the same ground as some of his previous talks, but this was largely avoided.
- I always enjoy Neil’s talks. He has a gentle, laid-back approach which I find soothing and enjoyable. Some useful insights, thank you.
- How it should be done – memorable slides
- This was really helpful in identifying very useful approaches to gathering requirements. I really like ‘requirements are assumptions’!
- Plenty to go away and do – which I like
Get in touch
Let me know what you think of the presentation and concepts. I’d love to receive your comments below.
If you want to begin to change the way you think and work with colleagues on website and software development, get in touch directly if you think I could help.