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Designing your way to better collaboration / Mind The Product 2016

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Talk at Mind The Product September 2016

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Designing your way to better collaboration / Mind The Product 2016

  1. 1. @alisoncoward bracketcreative.co.uk
  2. 2. @alisoncoward
  3. 3. • Avoiding groupthink
  4. 4. • Avoiding groupthink • Balancing introverts and extroverts
  5. 5. • Avoiding groupthink • Balancing introverts and extroverts • Staying motivated and engaged
  6. 6. • Avoiding groupthink • Balancing introverts and extroverts • Staying motivated and engaged • Making progress
  7. 7. Source: “The Hard Science of Teamwork”, Harvard Business Review, 2012
  8. 8. • Communicate frequently Source: “The Hard Science of Teamwork”, Harvard Business Review, 2012
  9. 9. • Communicate frequently • Listen and talk in equal measure Source: “The Hard Science of Teamwork”, Harvard Business Review, 2012
  10. 10. • Communicate frequently • Listen and talk in equal measure • Engage in frequent informal communication Source: “The Hard Science of Teamwork”, Harvard Business Review, 2012
  11. 11. • Communicate frequently • Listen and talk in equal measure • Engage in frequent informal communication • Explore for ideas and information outside group Source: “The Hard Science of Teamwork”, Harvard Business Review, 2012
  12. 12. Psychological safety
  13. 13. @alisoncoward
  14. 14. individuals
  15. 15. team individuals
  16. 16. team project individuals
  17. 17. team project individuals
  18. 18. team project individuals
  19. 19. Nordnet Design Studio: Weekly Goalfest meeting, Weekly Design Critique, Monthly Pet Peeves, Quarterly Retrospective Source: “These Meetings Will Make Everyone a Design Leader”, Marcus Castenfors, Medium
  20. 20. Asana: 5 minutes at the end of every meeting Sources • “A Facebook co-founders productivity startup recommends 5 ways to dramatically improve your meetings”, Business Insider • “Note and Vote: how Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink in Meetings”, Fast Company Design
  21. 21. Asana: 5 minutes at the end of every meeting Google Ventures: Design Sprints, Note and Vote Sources • “A Facebook co-founders productivity startup recommends 5 ways to dramatically improve your meetings”, Business Insider • “Note and Vote: how Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink in Meetings”, Fast Company Design
  22. 22. Asana: 5 minutes at the end of every meeting Google Ventures: Design Sprints, Note and Vote Pixar: Brain Trust Sources • “A Facebook co-founders productivity startup recommends 5 ways to dramatically improve your meetings”, Business Insider • “Note and Vote: how Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink in Meetings”, Fast Company Design
  23. 23. 1. Make time for individual thinking
  24. 24. 1. Make time for individual thinking 2. Separate divergent and convergent thinking
  25. 25. 1. Make time for individual thinking 2. Separate divergent and convergent thinking 3. Create opportunities for productive conflict
  26. 26. 1. Make time for individual thinking 2. Separate divergent and convergent thinking 3. Create opportunities for productive conflict 4. Brainstorm in 15-minute cycles max
  27. 27. 1. Make time for individual thinking 2. Separate divergent and convergent thinking 3. Create opportunities for productive conflict 4. Brainstorm in 15-minute cycles max 5. Don’t forget the follow-up
  28. 28. DIY: “Make a Compass” Sources • “Company Traditions: Make A Compass”, Zach Klein, Medium • “Why Etsy Engineers Send Company Wide Emails Confessing Mistakes They Made”, Quartz
  29. 29. DIY: “Make a Compass” Etsy: Engineers share their mistakes via email Sources • “Company Traditions: Make A Compass”, Zach Klein, Medium • “Why Etsy Engineers Send Company Wide Emails Confessing Mistakes They Made”, Quartz
  30. 30. Asana: No Meeting Wednesday (NMW) Sources • “How to take back your productivity with No Meeting Wednesday”, Asana • “Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy”, Fast Company
  31. 31. Asana: No Meeting Wednesday (NMW) Google: “Make” time Sources • “How to take back your productivity with No Meeting Wednesday”, Asana • “Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy”, Fast Company
  32. 32. Source: “Improving team communication with environment changes”, Anderson Gomes, ContaAzul
  33. 33. ContaAzul: Changing the environment Source: “Improving team communication with environment changes”, Anderson Gomes, ContaAzul
  34. 34. Atlassian: “Fika” Source: “7 Tips to Create High-Functioning Design Teams”, Alastair Simpson, Medium
  35. 35. Google Ventures: Anxiety parties Sources • “How Anxiety Parties Made Our Team More Vulnerable And More Effective”, Daniel Burka, Medium • “Why We Shut Down Gimlet”, Alex Blumberg & Matt Lieber, Medium
  36. 36. Google Ventures: Anxiety parties Gimlet Media: Mix Week Sources • “How Anxiety Parties Made Our Team More Vulnerable And More Effective”, Daniel Burka, Medium • “Why We Shut Down Gimlet”, Alex Blumberg & Matt Lieber, Medium
  37. 37. • They’re specific
  38. 38. • They’re specific • Someone starts or facilitates the process
  39. 39. • They’re specific • Someone starts or facilitates the process – a trigger
  40. 40. • They’re specific • Someone starts or facilitates the process – a trigger • They’re all about COMMUNICATION
  41. 41. • Design and iterate
  42. 42. • Design and iterate • Review regularly
  43. 43. • How do you do your best work? • What does good teamwork look like? • What do we want to achieve as a team?
  44. 44. team project individuals
  45. 45. @alisoncoward bracketcreative.co.uk Icon credits: iconsmind.com, Yazmin Alanis, Danit Polshin, IconFair on The Noun Project

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