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Heather Wydeven- Designers + Developers: So Happy Together (Evolution)


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If you've ever worked on a cross-functional team comprised of designers and developers, you know that integrating the two successfully can be challenging. Heather will share learnings from her own experiences about how designers and developers can flourish together and deliver great software.

Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the following: 1) why cross-functional teams are necessary to build successful digital products; 2) the reasons cross-functional teams fail and the challenges between designers and developers; 3) the characteristics of a healthy cross-functional team; 4) how to create a successfully integrated team of designers and developers by fostering open communication, sharted understanding, respect, and trust building; and 5) a better understanding of and appreciation for the differences and strengths each role brings to a team.

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Heather Wydeven- Designers + Developers: So Happy Together (Evolution)

  1. 1. HEATHER WYDEVEN Experience Designer @heatherwyd #EvolutionTW #ThoughtWorks
  2. 2. designers + developers: so happy together HEATHER WYDEVEN © Nintendo
  3. 3. We are all responsible for creating experiences. © Marvel Artwork by Gigei
  4. 4. We’re all in this together. © Peanuts
  5. 5. Why cross-functional teams fail
  6. 6. individual mindset vs team mindset diva designers and disgruntled devs team members working in isolation© Marvel
  7. 7. Developers, on designers: You’re too precious about your work, and you dream too big. It’s not possible to achieve all of that! You only care about making things pretty. Designers, on developers: You think too much inside the box, and you tell me you can’t implement anything I’ve put so much work into designing! YOU THINK WHAT??! © DC Comics
  8. 8. Outcomes of a healthy cross-functional team
  9. 9. shared understanding developers can design too pragmatic problem solving Artwork by Mighty355
  10. 10. Creating a successful cross-functional team
  11. 11. 1 choose empathy © Peanuts Artwork by 822PeppermintPatty66
  12. 12. 2 leave your ego at the door © Disney
  13. 13. 3 embrace other perspectives © Gete Comunicación
  14. 14. 4 build trust Artwork by 93Cobra © Marvel
  15. 15. 5 take the journey together © Pokemon
  16. 16. so happy together.
  17. 17. thank you HEATHER WYDEVEN © Disney