An exploration of developing a process that empowers designers and developers to work together and create amazing things together
An Epic Process For Designers And Developers
Chris Ford, Project Manager at Reaktiv Studios | @ci_chrisford
Star Wars Version
This is the ﬁrst and last time I ever saw a Star Wars movie. I
was 6, it was 1977, my Dad’s shorts were VERY short, our
appliances were Avocado Green, and my glitter R2D2 and
C3PO shirt was from the iron on t-shirt store at the mall.
That is the story behind why, even though I always try to
theme my talks to match the WordCamp that I am going to
skip trying to make this themed because all I would do is
make the fan-folks incensed.
You’re welcome ;)
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My Personal Mission Statement
I want to do work that matters, with
people I like, where design is valued.
Challenges of working with other people
1 Variety of skill levels
2 Anticipating others’ intent
3 Communicating your intent
4 Paying attention to nuance
Team solutions to working with other people
1 Commitment to mentoring
2 Assuming good intentions
3 Over communicating
4 Respecting everyone’s unique abilities
Personal solutions to working with other people
1 Know what you don’t know
2 Work with people you like
3 Be trustworthy
4 Learn to delegate
Cruelty is cheap, easy,
Good communication requires
1 Regular, focused meetings
2 A shared vocabulary
3 Organized design assets
4 Clear documentation
Regular focused meetings
Meeting don’t have to suck. Seriously.
1 Kill meetings that could be emails
2 Have an agenda
3 Nobody ever complained about a
meeting ending early.
How can you communicate without knowing what you’re talking about?
Organized design assets
I love this designer so, so much right now.
What about cross platform teams?
Don’t have Sketch? Use Zeplin!
Because six months from now people will forget things.
Atomic Design FTW
1 Build components, not pages
2 Makes content portable and ﬂexible
3 The Block Editor is already modular
4 Separate functional and visual QA
The only dumb mistake is the one
you make more than once.
Iterate and Improve
Thanks for listening
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Chris Ford, Project Manager | @ci_chrisford