Cross-functional teams bring together many disciplines to create products and services. To deliver in this way requires high levels of collaboration that continue throughout the lifecycle of development.
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team to tackle complex problems can be difficult. Yet we are clear that these team set-ups will provide us and our clients with the best results. Insight is brought from all relevant disciplines, conversation is encouraged and, in turn, drives greater efficiency.
Managing group dynamics can often be the most difficult and important contribution to the design thinking process. It involves the collaboration of many minds, personalities and ways of working. Often, there can be more than one solution to a problem. As a large team, how do we manage those choices? When working with clients, how can we align our decision-making?
Rethinking the design process.
Over the last three months, we as a Design Team have been working on ways to document our delivery process in a way that can add value to our customers and end users. As part of this work, I’ve been looking at design principles.
Design principles are a loose set of rules that can help guide delivery by making valuable decisions that are grounded by rational thinking. Creating a set of universal principles will help to guide a business, steering it and its customers in the right direction and allow for the evaluation of decisions made.