How is design structured in your organization?

over 6 years ago from Cody Iddings, Experience Designer for the moving world

  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 6 years ago

    The product designers report through me into the VP of Product.

    We work closely with product management on requirements, and engineering (both back and front end) on possibilities.

    Each designer is different, and each engineer is different. Sometimes a designer will go sit with an engineer to work on something, other times they won't: whatever works best for the pair and the project.

    We have a weekly design review on Wednesdays for the designers to get together, share work and solve problems together.

    On Fridays we have product design review, when we review work with product management. Naturally, we also share work in between these meetings, too, but that is more informal as meeting-heavy schedules aren't particularly productive, unless the meetings are productive. The Friday meeting is usually used for sign-off/buy-in between product management and product design, as well as talking status with our project manager.

    I should also mention that we "Work from Anywhere" on Tuesdays and Thursdays here at Dialpad. This creates a healthy, productive structure for the week: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are great for meeting, fact-finding, etc. Tuesdays and Thursdays are great for making updates without distraction.

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    • Jennie BowersJennie Bowers, over 6 years ago

      Hi there! I'm wondering what your title is. I'm setting up the structure of the design team in my organization (they worked with agencies up until now, I was recently hired) and the role you describe for yourself sounds similar to how I'm placing myself. I come from the agency world where I was a senior designer and the roles/titles are very different when you're in house (as I'm discovering).

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      • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 6 years ago

        Hi Jennie,

        My title is "Product Design Manager". You could also consider "Head of Product Design" or "Product Design Lead". I guess it depends on who will be above you in your org.

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