Product Design Principles
Over the years I’ve watched and participated in the evolution and improvement of digital design products. In an effort to ensure a consistent output of quality designs, I developed an efficient and effective process for building and designing state-of-the-art digital solutions. No matter what design theory you practice this process can easily be applied.
There are 5 steps I use when creating and designing for digital interfaces: 1. Research, 2. Design, 3. Develop, 4. Refine, and 5. Deploy. In addition to following these processes I require my teams to participate in daily stand-ups. Here we discuss roadblocks and questions pertaining to design needs. I found stand-ups reduce the need for additional meetings, it decreases one-off assets from being created, and also keeps everyone aware of what others are working on. Depending on the project scope and deliverable dates, I typically start this process two weeks ahead of sizing deadlines. As an example of how my process works - I implemented these steps at my current company and they were quickly adopted and set as the standard.
Communication & Organization
In addition to using my agile UX process, I also created a framework for organizing and communicating the design process to Product Managers, Engineering Leads, and other designers on the team. I normally use tools like Trello or Jira to handle organizing the information. My format consists of a set of “swim lanes” with the following categories: Stories, Working, In Review, Approved, In Development, and Bugs. Using this framework, I am able to see how an individual or a team is progressing on a design and how they’re tracking towards the delivery.
Using this method, my teams communicate more effectively, we’ve reduced delivery times and its allowed us to improve our overall process. Since implementing these templates my team’s have been delivering ahead of schedule. As a result this has allowed the designers sufficient time to work on more exploratory and forward thinking design solutions.Actual example - Content was modified to protect the proprietary information related to the project.
Clear and detailed UX Roadmaps are essential for creating a unified product strategy. This is where I start when designing my team’s vision. I’ve created many over the years and use them to communicate our plan for delivering features, and to ensure we’re aligned with the direction and vision of the product. I’ve created clear monthly, quarterly, and yearly UX Roadmaps. Although I don’t typically plan past a year or two (due to the ebb and flow of Product’s vision which can change periodically based on the latest customer and market demands) they are an essential part of my process.Actual example - Content was modified to protect the proprietary information related to the project.