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The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you're a seasoned practitioner trying to drag your organization forward, this book gives you tools and insight for doing more with less. ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Rosenfield Media (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ilinalta I finished reading it. I would say the second half is just reference. The first half teaches you how to approach being a one-man team. It's still high…moreI finished reading it. I would say the second half is just reference. The first half teaches you how to approach being a one-man team. It's still highly recommended for people in our situation.

I would give it a shot, but not sure if you truly need it if you're already knowledgeable in the different techniques such as design documents, user personas, sketching, group workshops, etc. (less)
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Dani Shuping
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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There are plenty of books on user experience, heck there are probably 5 more being written right now. So why should you read Leah Buley's "The User Experience Team of One?" Not only is this a well written book, but Leah also fills a current void in the UX literature, which is some of the challenges that someone might face trying to start a UX program at their POW. Leah not only answers addresses this challenge, but also provides a solid framework of how to c
Graham Herrli
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: design-related
Five of the ten chapters of this book are largely theoretical and aimed at people who don't know much about UX design. I didn't find these to be particularly useful.

The remaining chapters contain a mix of lightweight, collaborative methods aimed at getting the wider development team involved in UX design. In some cases, these methods were patently obvious (e.g. wireframes; did you know you can review wireframes with your team?), but in others they were useful outlines of quick ways to increase s
Ryan Boone
A great handbook for the lone UXer

Leah has written what equates to a UX survival guide in The User Experience Team of One. Being in this position at my current place of employment, this book has empowered me to go forth and do more with what I have. This book is perfect for lone UXers and those who are just thinking of getting into the user experience field. Buy the ebook version so you'll always have an easily searchable copy. Buy the physical version because the Rosenfeld books are gorgeous.
Ying Ying Szeto
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
A very practical book! It isn't the most informative in terms of concept and theory but is helpful in providing methods and techniques to implement at different stages of projects. A useful guide when you don't know when/where to start something. ...more
Lee Gingras
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best UX primers I've read, and well-targeted at the wide market of people who have to do a little UX or go it alone. It does a good job of getting out of the "by-UX for-UX" echo chamber. Too bad it seems to be out of print - the digital version is still available, of course, but it makes it harder for me to recommend it to my students. ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really a very practical no-nonsense guide for sole UI/UX designers in a corporation! The best for me were the possible ways that I can get feedback on my work without having to spend too much time and energy.
Khai Sheng
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to read a UX book that considers organizational constraints around UX work. Not every organization is ready to invest in UX, that's the hard truth, and this book acknowledges that.

I really enjoyed the use of frameworks with creative twists to get around these constraints. It's encouraging to read advice and know that there's a good chance you can still apply it.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Overall, this is helpful and insight reference. It was written from someone who has clearly learned to excel in the role of doing UX solo. I could see it as essential reading for all senior UXers since most arrive at an organization without much support.

The most useful part for me was Chapter 5 about "Planning and Discovery Methods" because of the details provided on getting strategic questions answered. Everything else was still a good refresher. Would recommend to anyone who has been working
Maria Lasprilla
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book when we were a small team of product managers and product designers in the job. Often finding myself stuck in how to go on about a problem, and seeing that product designers were always full of work, I wanted to learn some more specific things about UX that I could apply myself to help move forward things without waiting for someone who already knew how to do it. Doing research, sketching ideas, presenting results.

Suddenly the team around me started growing really fas
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, educational
This book presents a very structured and stylized approach to web design with an entire focus on the user experience. It's also a sort of hand-guide on how to deal with setting up the "UX" strategies it endorses and how to operate as a single man driving force for those same strategies.

The book rightly assumes that many web designers and professionals who find themselves suddenly behind the wheel of a design team in charge of web development, are often clueless about how to go about structuring
Leslie Liu
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book with a lot information about how to implement UX when there is just one UX designer in a company. The book was well-structure and has a clear introduction of many UX methods. I think some of them are quite useful and are able to make an individual more clear of what to do under various circumstances. You may also use it as a reference book, if necessary.
Luke Mitsialis
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half has amazing approaches to adding UX value into your workplace where you dont have the scope to implement a full human centered approach. A great read for all designers for surviving and finding a framework to work into your process and guide you.
Davood Torabzadeh
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't like this book, It just tells you methods without any path or direction. It's a UX Methos reference ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ux
A great book full of ideas to use in User Experience work.
Reads a bit like an intro to UX textbook but has some good figures worth reviewing.
Ivy DeWitt
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ux-design
UX, while less new than many thing, is still a field where it feels really hard to grasp the basic concepts and get a good overview of what the field has to offer. This can be incredibly frustrating for newbies getting into the field (I fall in the first category), experienced UX designers attempting to get others onboard, and UX skeptics who don't understand the value or resources needed for the field.

As someone who wanted to get a better idea of the field for a career change, I was looking for
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was highly recommended for people in the same position as me. After reading the book, I can see why. The first half of this book talked about what to do in the position of being the solo UXer in the company. How to speak to people to get them onboard with better ux, how to sell ux to the stakeholders and etc. I found the first half to be very helpful.

The second half of the book talks about the different techniques used for user research, gathering requirements, etc. I found this section to
Vytas Ramanauskas
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leah Buley wrote an outstanding and resourceful book on the basics of the User Experience, and how to apply if you work as a solo UX'er in your organization. I have never thought this can be a problem until I started to work as a 'UX team of one' in the bank. She writes about the main methods for discovery, research, design, and lastly- how to perform evangelism in your organization to build the right relationships for your future UX work. Totally recommend for anyone who works as a solo designe ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, non-fiction
Very interesting approach for getting started in the UX world! It focuses on both forming the reader with a set of pretty well defined tools, also explaining when to use them and when not to.

It can teach some methods to an experienced UX designer too, or expand their knowledge, although many of them are well known.

I love that it included a "if you are remote..." section at every tool.

Very recommended for a UX-curious professional in any field, or beginner UX designers. Moderately recommended f
Jose Luis Pajares
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For freelance UX practitioners who are starting to confront design projects alone, this book is still a must. Today there is much more literature online than when it was first published, but take into account that this is one of those sources that many "forget" to quote in their Medium articles.

To me still serves as a good reference to revisit methods that now are very well known, but to which Leah gives her own brilliant touches.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Like with INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love, this isn't the kind of book I'm just going to recommend to everyone but it's very, very solid and actionable for people who are passionate about content strategy and user experience. I plan to use many of the tactics in here to get more done and expand my UX wheelhouse. ...more
Simon Vandereecken
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was on my shelf for quite a long time, a very good book for anyone having to do all the UX work in a company, be it a big structure or a startup. This book does a very good job at giving you some tools you can use to start doing a great job and some basis on which you can evolve later. Especially useful for people in startups where you have to do a lot of things in a short span of time. And really important for anyone starting into the UX field.
Julian Dunn
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit: I skimmed this book, mostly because I work in product management and this book was written at a time when UX was less well understood and more exposition for the purposes of buy-in was necessary. Also, I work with a UX counterpart every day, and while it's valuable for me to understand his work (and research/development techniques), I personally am unlikely to practice those skills that much.

That said, there's nothing *wrong* with this book per se; it's just showing its age a l
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: design-research
This is a good pamphlet on user experience methods for those starting out or just curious about the field, considering it was first published in 2008. A lot of what we do as designers revolves around the methods described, and now I know the "proper" names to those. But this is not an ideal format to consult these methods, given that nowadays we have so many sources of online quality material. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, design
Nice book for beginner UX designers. Explained methods of what and how you can do and how to deal with it when you are the only one UX in the company (or work remotely). Good examples of materials to use.

Go ahead and use it like a textbook - no need to read from cover to cover.

The book is very nicely published.
Jeremi Dudu
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was hesitant to get this but worth it

I found that I was already doing some of the suggestions in this book as a UX person tackling a lot in my everyday job. Leah provides a pragmatic guide to what UXers go through and how to deal with being tossed in to a very abstract field companies are still trying to figure out.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and to-the-point introductory read for UX design. I wanted to review this book as a possible recommendation for design students and was not disappointed. If you’re at all experienced in UX design you’ll find the book to be a light read of familiar or even habitual information and processes. But if you’re inexperienced in the world of product design, this can be a great introduction.
Ellixs Tulagan
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for any stage of designer. Particularly useful for solo UX designers, freelancers, for those whom work in a small design team, or those who want to persuade others on the value of user experience design. Got this recommendation from one of my design professors and I wasn't disappointed. Will be revisiting this book from time to time whenever I engage in designing a new product. ...more
Renato Costa
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very practical book. I simply loved the fact that the author didn't simply unloaded dozens of research methods and said "Do this". She recognises the constraints of being a solo UXR/Designer and had that into consideration during the whole book, recommending the most important method "If you only do one thing"... ...more
Lewis Ngugi
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Whether you came from a team to join as the first designer or you just started a company and wanted to built human-centred products, this is the book for you!! Leah really resonates with your situation and she shares hacks, I call them hacks because they really bridge that gap within a short time, that will see you creating a cadence of always being closer to your customers!
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