Lean IA: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business

Traditionally, IA has been firmly grounded in paper-based documents. Meticulous wireframes, heavyweight specs, granular flow diagrams, and branded presentations have been accepted as the de facto output of information architects. But do these deliverables solve business problems? No.

While each artifact provides documentation and a tangible work product to stakeholders, too much focus on their perfection has caused us to be measured and compensated by the quality of our documentation instead of by the success of the experiences we design.

Enter Lean IA. Inspired by the Agile methodology, Lean IA is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light, faster. In this talk, Jeff will explain the iterative strategy and team communication model that characterizes Lean IA, where documentation is not discounted but instead transformed into a practical and usable tool. Jeff will also explain how to introduce Lean IA to your team, whether you’re in a large corporation or an interactive agency.