In the Karate Kid (the first one, aka the good one) the seemingly innocuous Mr. Miyagi takes on wayward Daniel-san and teaches him to totally kick-ass in karate. While the movie is a prized trinket of 80’s pop culture, heartwarming and by all measures a classic at this point in time (it came out in 1984!!) there are some terrific lessons to be learned from the way Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel-san how to fight. These lessons translate directly to learning any skill but, for the purposes of this post, I want to apply them to Agile and user experience design.
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As the conversation around Lean UX heats up in the blogs, Twitters and conferences a lot of reference is made to the ideas of lean startup promoted by Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others. Many discussions focus on how user experience and design can exist in the highly iterative and test-driven world embodied by that movement and the companies that employ it. Indeed, lean startup thinking along with Agile philosophies served as inspiration for the Lean UX methodologies and practices I and others have promoted. It’s no surprise then that when the conversation is focused on other types of organizations the Lean UX approach meets with skepticism.