Friday, January 6, 2012

User Scenarios and Lean Solutions

After reading the book Lean Solutions a few years ago it was easy to see that agile methodolgies are "Lean Solutions" in comparison to traditional methodologies, but I wondered how we could apply that knowledge to design and build Lean Solutions for our clients (yes, you can still build bad systems with agile). User Scenarios are one tool that can help.

Well written user scenarios put all the 'features' into a flow that is relevant to the user's value stream. They can help us design a solution as a unified value stream rather than just a bunch of features put together. From Lean Solutions:
"Companies must provide the goods and services consumers actually want, when and where they are wanted, without burdening the consumer."
For more information and an example, check out Jeff Patton's stickyminds article.