Learn how design thinking ties back into agile development with the concept of the minimum usable product. What's the smallest thing you can build, in the minimum number of iterations, to test out whether your design concepts are actually going to work for your customers? Prioritizing the items on your story map lets you cut the list down to the absolute minimum that would help you know whether you are on track.
- Lean, agile, and design thinking…all use iterations.…The idea of iterations is to check…that you're on track at frequent intervals.…The deliverable from the first iteration…of the story map should be as small…as it can possibly be to test whether…the idea we're building is good.…This is sometimes called the Minimum Viable Product,…but I prefer the term Minimum Usable Product.…Now that you have all your stickies in place,…it's time to split them up in a way…that lets you work out what the minimum thing is…that you could build.…
I like to arrange them vertically by importance.…Importance means, how necessary are they…in order for your customers to carry out their task?…Create three lines horizontally…across the story map, and then place the absolute…critical capabilities in the top space,…the ones that turn it into a more commercially…acceptable product in the middle space,…and the pretty important ones…that could be built later in the lower space.…Everything else, the nice-to-have capabilities…get stuck at the very bottom of the story map.…
Along the way, you'll learn who should be involved, what activities you need to perform, and how to observe users, come up with great ideas, test solutions with prototypes, and plan development. Plus, discover how to avoid the common issues that can get in the way of a successful design thinking session, and the traps that people fall into when using the process for the first time.
- Assembling a team
- Finding a location
- Watching real users
- Mapping the customer journey
- Identifying pain points
- Coming up with good ideas
- Testing ideas with real customers
- Planning development
- Understanding the benefits of design thinking