In order to influence the decisions that drive design forward, Strategy and Stakeholder Management become inseparable. In this article, I will talk about the importance of understanding and identifying Cultural, Social, Political dynamics of working with teams and stakeholders, master collaboration, and have a good grasp of what it takes to become a Trusted Advisor.
If designers want to influence and translate strategy in ways that drive their user experience vision forward, they must become both business-savvy analysts and synthesizers. What are the skills of a strategist designers need to become both business-savvy analysts and synthesisers?
In this post I’ll reflect on some of the challenges that designers face in while designing in new and complex environments, raise the awareness about how unprepared designers are if they are not able to understand and influence strategy, advocate for a new role called Design Strategist, and propose a minimum set of skills required for becoming a Design Strategist.
Gretchen Anderson shares the secrets of successful collaboration that can increase the inclusivity of teams and reduce struggles of working together […]
Dan Szuc talks to us about ‘sleepwalking’ in project work today. And how we can fix this by injecting ‘sparkle’ into everything we do […]
This talk is aimed at anyone who is looking for practical ways to bridge the gaps between traditional research and agile practices by focussing on activities that hold common value for both […]
The Dilbert creator talks with HBR senior editor Dan McGinn. For more, read his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life […]
Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull exemplifies the greatest form of leadership: empowering others to achieve the extraordinary. People tend to think of creativity as a mysterious solo act, and they typically reduce products to a single idea: This is a movie about toys, or dinosaurs, or love, they’ll say. However, in filmmaking and many other kinds of complex product development, creativity involves a large number of people from different disciplines working effectively together to solve a great many problems. Ed Catmul is an unpretentious man. He doesn’t like to talk about how he performs his job as president of Pixar and (since a 2006 merger) Disney Animation Studios. But the article and accompanying podcast shed light on his exceptional leadership qualities […]
Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk Constructware 2010 project management software. As a premier solution for the construction industry, Autodesk Constructware 2010, is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, providing an on-demand environment for construction project management and collaboration […]
Not so long ago, Tim Brown recounts, designers belonged to a “priesthood.” Given an assignment, a designer would disappear into a back room, “bring the result out under a black sheet and present it to the client.” Brown and his colleagues at IDEO, the company that brought us the first Apple Macintosh mouse, couldn’t have traveled farther from this notion […]