UX Strategy : If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail

Amit Chotia
Jan 24, 2018 · 3 min read

Ideally we would be having an unlimited resources to jolly through our design with ample time to probe the design before the tester bugs out the whole design .But there will always stand a world where there is words like “Real-time Design” , “Agile”,”Timelines” ,”Budget” etc exist .The design to survive in this “Real World” needs to encounter the Plan. We need to stand and put a structure into effect so as the design whilst the value into the project.

Thinking it out loud

Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail” which quantifies the need to plan the whole design process into well defined exercise timescales .

As a UX individuals we need to stand up to offer a soundproof plan to map the design budget to meet the deadlines.This all starts from the proposals to dazzle the stakeholders and the end-user finally.Sync schedules with the development and product team to clarify that “Design” is the term taken into consideration at First in the designated project.

Now the biggest question of How do we plan all this into a beauty admired by all.Simple, Knowledge beats guessing at any stage of the product development lifecycle .If we know the budget ,the timescale then planning is all about suggesting the right methodology aiming the potential clients under their timescale and budget.Its always best to be prepared with a Plan B,C,D and so on because there are elements like different price points and levels of UX design which alters the picture . For example , our design requirement is just to map the content into a responsive design but can be altered with price points like “App only features” and the user reach to product etc. So the words like “Just” and “Few ” are a the fearsome attacking ones at Design . They have created one of the best User-centered designs of all time . These should be considered as Innovation Triggers and not an another hurdle into the process.

The Next big step is the “Estimation”. The perfect estimate comes with many attributes and experience ; its not a like a Handy Task only governed with people in the business for far too long but is from the ones who have a life experience to deal with it . We only need an estimation close to the actual estimation ; it does sound cobwebbed into its own dimension but “it is what it is”. The estimation should be divided based on the phases of Design ; The Ideation/Research, The Implementation, and the Proofing Phase(Refer to the UX : Design in Phase).All the phases have one thing in common , the constraints which are :

  • Budget availability
  • Time
  • The Project deadline
  • The availability of detailed or complete information
  • Resource constraints (including human resources)
  • conflicting interests/projects
  • Availability of specific tools or hardware configurations
  • Any legal requirements

At last , it s a human tendency to put into emotional components into the process which fluctuates the design on both sides.So if all the above is in placed we all can sit back , relax and let it flow into a process which handles all .The chances to succeed are more with a process in place and pulls out innovation parallel.

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