Selling Design Systems; Refresh Austin

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September 12, 2017

Selling Design Systems; Refresh Austin

Design Systems: they’re all the rage right now, as they should be. Teams at Salesforce, GE, Airbnb, IBM, and others are sharing wonderful stories of constructing, managing, and operating Design Systems. This is not one of those stories. Instead, this talk will detail how too sell and gain adoption of a Design System before asking for buy-in to build it.

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Ryan Rumsey

September 12, 2017
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  1. Selling Design Systems An "adoption-first" strategy for selling a design

    system at EA Refresh Austin September 12, 2017 Ryan Rumsey @ryanrumsey
  2. Design systems are all the rage

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  6. This is not one of those talks

  7. Stuff that’s worked for me

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  12. IT

  13. Hi. I’m Mary. Inherent expertise

  14. Knowledge Management Learning Management Workforce Management Performance Management Travel Management

    Facilities Management Support Customer Relationship Management Resource Management Career Development World of systems
  15. Accidental complexity

  16. Workforce Management Knowledge Management Learning Management Resource Management Facilities Management

    Customer Relationship Management Travel Management Career Development Performance Management Support Expense Management Intranet Dashboards File Management Desktop Applications Mobile Applications Websites Tools Frameworks Guidelines
  17. Workforce Management Knowledge Management Learning Management Resource Management Facilities Management

    Customer Relationship Management Travel Management Career Development Performance Management Support Expense Management Intranet Dashboards File Management Desktop Applications Mobile Applications Websites Tools Frameworks Guidelines SORRY, I CAN’T SHOW YOU
  18. Workforce Management Knowledge Management Learning Management Resource Management Facilities Management

    Customer Relationship Management Travel Management Career Development Performance Management Support Expense Management Intranet Dashboards File Management Desktop Applications Mobile Applications Websites Tools Frameworks Guidelines CHALLENGES WITH SCALE, REUSABILITY, & CRAFT
  19. EX CX The perceived value customers have in interactions with

    EA. The perceived value employees have in interactions while working at EA.
  20. WHY A DESIGN SYSTEM?

  21. “Can you make my thing look like your thing?” — most

    frequent request from Anonymous
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  25. http://wolf-sheep20.tumblr.com/post/45480229605/homestuck-gif-challenge

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  27. Accidental complexity

  28. https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/1t5ywe/the_bitcoin_community_again/

  29. Design whole experiences

  30. Murmuration of starlings in Utrecht, The Netherlands, https://vimeo.com/121168616

  31. WHAT IS IT?

  32. A collection of resources for individuals and teams at EA

    to design, develop, & write applications, websites, communications, & products.
  33. DEVELOPERS DESIGNERS

  34. WHAT NEEDS BUYING?

  35. “I’ve been pitching our services for 23 years and I’ve

    never once successfully convinced an executive of anything.” - Jared Spool
  36. Lead with empathy to drive understanding of the perspectives of

    the humans who: USE DESIGN TOOLS
  37. Lead with empathy to drive understanding of the perspectives of

    the humans who: BUY DESIGN SERVICES
  38. OBSERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

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  40. “We want to collaborate, have great documentation, and to fork.

    We must be able to fork.” — perhaps a made-up, generalized request from Anonymous, but you get the idea
  41. *Not our actual project process

  42. “Can you save us time without spending money?” — another generalized

    request from Anonymous that might not be so made-up
  43. CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT AHEAD!

  44. SUCCESS IS NOT FUNDING

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  46. Design Systems should deliver and live Projects should deliver and

    die
  47. Design Systems should deliver and live Projects should deliver and

    die FUND WITH A PROJECT?
  48. SUCCESS IS ADOPTION

  49. Innovation Norman, D. A., & Verganti, R. (2014). Incremental and

    radical innovation: Design research versus technology and meaning change. Design Issues, 30(1), 78-96.
  50. Radical Incremental Improvements within a given frame of solutions (i.e.,

    “doing better what we already do”) A change of frame (i.e., “doing what we did not do before”) Innovation Norman, D. A., & Verganti, R. (2014). Incremental and radical innovation: Design research versus technology and meaning change. Design Issues, 30(1), 78-96.
  51. Radical Incremental Improvements within a given frame of solutions (i.e.,

    “doing better what we already do”) A change of frame (i.e., “doing what we did not do before”) Innovation NOVEL UNIQUE ADOPTED Norman, D. A., & Verganti, R. (2014). Incremental and radical innovation: Design research versus technology and meaning change. Design Issues, 30(1), 78-96.
  52. Radical Incremental Improvements within a given frame of solutions (i.e.,

    “doing better what we already do”) A change of frame (i.e., “doing what we did not do before”) Innovation NOVEL UNIQUE ADOPTED Norman, D. A., & Verganti, R. (2014). Incremental and radical innovation: Design research versus technology and meaning change. Design Issues, 30(1), 78-96.
  53. HYPOTHESES Save time. Save money. Collaborate, share knowledge, must fork.

    When a constraint isn’t explicitly said, it’s not a real constraint.
  54. ASSUMPTIONS We will support multiple platforms & devices. We will

    partner with dozens of engineering teams, hundreds of developers, engineers, and architects, working on tens of products in an environment where teams have choice in technologies they use. We will not be resourced to every product/project. We will support teams creating, customizing, or configuring digital products. We are a small team, so we can’t build completely from scratch. We will consider EA culture.
  55. LET’S DO THIS

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  62. https://medium.com/sketch-tricks/sketch-measure-master-a-thorough-walkthrough-57d3df25a1cf

  63. https://medium.com/sketch-tricks/sketch-measure-master-a-thorough-walkthrough-57d3df25a1cf

  64. https://medium.com/sketch-tricks/sketch-measure-master-a-thorough-walkthrough-57d3df25a1cf

  65. https://medium.com/sketch-tricks/sketch-measure-master-a-thorough-walkthrough-57d3df25a1cf

  66. Made for humans at EA, by humans in IT

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  69. SELL, SELL, SELL

  70. Do they need help? Do they know they need help?

    Sweet spot How did we find early adopters?
  71. Hackathon

  72. Guerilla Marketing & PR

  73. Trojan Mice http://www.trojanmice.com/

  74. HOW WE DOIN’

  75. 1. 20+ teams using the framework (not just Devs) 2.

    15+ projects 3. Community writing case studies about their usage 4. Community building extensions 5. Still no direct funding
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  79. “Hey, we always needed one of these!” — all the Anonymous

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  81. STUFF THAT CAN WORK FOR YOU

  82. 1. If you build it…

  83. 2.Nobody puts baby in a corner

  84. 3.Build from something working

  85. 4.Promote like a college kid pitching credit cards

  86. 5.Be pragmatic. Ellen Lupton, http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/12/designing-the-humanities/

  87. CREDIT WHERE DUE

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  89. Thank you! Ryan Rumsey @ryanrumsey