Improving How We Design at Scale with Multidisciplinary Teams
December 18, 2019
by Jared M. Spool
If we rely on our UX team to make every design decision, then that team will become a bottleneck. That’s not going to work. Our team can’t possibly scale to handle every decision, especially as design becomes critical for our organization’s success.
We will need our partners from development, product management, and other key stakeholders to also make design decisions, using the lens of good user experience. They’ll handle decisions our team can’t get to, and we need them to make those decisions as if our team was involved.
It’s all the rage to talk about having multidisciplinary teams participate in the decision making. Yet, we rarely talk about how we empower folks from those other disciplines to make smart decisions at every stage.
In the All You Can Learn library, Kim Goodwin, Megan Grocki, and Leah Buley have great insights on how we can get more out of our multidisciplinary teams.
As you watch these seminars, you’ll want to focus on these key points:
Kim shares a fascinating model that shows how an organization’s culture falls into one of four categories. In this seminar, she walks through how we’ll need to approach our co-workers differently, depending on which culture we’re in. That’s essential for ensuring we frame how we work with the members of the multidisciplinary team.
Watch Now | 75 minutes
Megan did exactly this at NASDAQ. As you watch this seminar, you’ll see how she used consensus-based approaches to focusing on research, and how she made the results available to the team. We love how she got others involved in the process, which was essential to her success.
Watch Now | 30 minutes
Even though Leah’s talk is mostly aimed at the solitary UX person in the organization, her techniques are valuable to teams of any size. She has great tools—the UX questionnaire, a project plan, a strategy workshop, and sketching—that create opportunities for others to participate and contribute to the user experience work.
Watch Now | 88 minutes
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