Archive for the ‘Management’ Category
Join Dan at the IA Summit for a workshop on Design Leadership. He’ll facilitate a conversation about how to manage conflict in creative environments and show you EightShapes’ innovative new game for encouraging your team to talk about difficult situations.
It’s never too late for a refresher on project management fundamentals. To get our projects done right, we over-communicate, establish a clear schedule, and prepare to adapt to new circumstances.
Get great at getting feedback. Ask the right questions, introduce your design to invite conversation, and have the right attitude.
Professional development goal-setting is challenging for designers who sometimes feel like they have no control over their destiny. Ask your manager for the right things, and you may yet achieve your goals.
Rapid prototyping allow EightShapes to deliver a complete site in just a few weeks. Sure, it won’t work for every project, but we got some great lessons learned.
Peer input and review is essential for creating great design documentation. When they aren’t in the same office, collaboration takes place online. Soliciting feedback, input, and contributions is much easier using lightweight tools, and then migrating content to Adobe InDesign.
Whether the project is large or small, having a unified single place where all team members can assess what is in-flight and what is next in queue is a powerful asset to any team. In this article, I share some of my lessons learned in using this tool for tracking completion, from a project manager’s perspective.
Following a meeting, it’s critical to align your project team as quickly as possible. Meeting summaries should highlight important decisions, focus on remaining questions, and inform the project team of their tasks. Optimizing your notes for form and function is the key to successful information sharing.
Super powers are skills that set you apart from the rest of your team. Be aware of your unique talents to help teams tackle complex design challenges.
Design careers can involve moving back and forth between practicing and managing. Designers can get back into the groove of practicing by looking for good models and polishing sketching skills.