With the first working week of 2016 behind us, I’m focusing all my energy into being the best designer I can be, but knowing that I can only do that when I work openly and collaboratively with my team.
I’m reading more into Lean UX - bridging design, user experience, lean and agile. When it comes to the role of designers in teams, Jeff Gothelf, key advocate of Lean UX says:
“Designers should facilitate the team’s journey towards realizing the vision. By bringing concepts familiar to designers, like brainstorming, empathy for the user and basic sketching exercises, to the non-designers on the team, designers are steering the team through multiple validation loops for their visions. In the process they are creating empathy not just for their customers but for the design practice as well.”
He goes on to say that:
“Nothing is more effective than walking over to a colleague, showing some work, discussing, sketching, exchanging ideas, understanding facial expressions and body language, and reaching a resolution on a thorny topic.”
I’m all about distilling problems to their simplest form, to using simple language and to hypothesize, Build, Measure, Learn quickly and iteratively. It’s what makes design (for me) rewarding and fun!
I’m for working as a team this year. I’d love to hear about your teams too - please hit me up on @skysoclear