mind melds & BATTLE BOTS Designer/Developer
Who are we? Don Bora Carolyn Chandler Eight Bit Studios Mobile Makers @dbora Mira Fitness Co-Author, UX Design books @chanan
Who Are You? ? ?
We all want to create great stuff
What problems are we attacking?
BattleBot mode wastes a lot of energy for fight strategy
Mind melds aren’t always good goatee of evil
We have communication issues Designers often hear: “Then you can make it pretty” “It’s just common sense, right?” “Isn’t that a training issue?”
We have communication issues Developers often hear… “It’s easy…” “Can’t we just…?” “I’ve seen this done a million times.”
Why is this urgent?
Tech changes so fast…
Unicorns are the new pidgeons
Teams are mixed & distributed
Start with empathy…
Designer Empathy happy trees
What’s Possible? Over/Under Communication
Last Developer Standing Things can go wrong and when they do, it’s usually in the 11th hour
Too much info Dire messages Blame the user A good way to handle unknown errors:
We are all craftspeople working on shifting sands
What tactics can help?
MEETINGS The main waste is the time you DON’T spend in mind setting
What’s our level of detail? FORESTS TREES WEEDS
What is the intention? Designers can ask: What data do we have that we’re not taking good advantage of? EXPLORING Developers can ask: What patterns (like navigational frameworks) do we want to start following early on?
What is the intention? EXPLORING PROPOSING Both ask: Does this reflect our business goals and identity? If not this exact thing… what can we do? Is there something that gets us close? What if…?
What is the intention? EXPLORING PROPOSING DECIDING Both ask: What principles should drive our decisionmaking? Do we all understand the pros and cons of the choice? (for example, build or buy)
Brainstorming “Yes, and…”
Rubber Ducking “I just need to talk this through for a bit…”
Gap Finding “What if…”
developers… Replace… with… “We don’t know…” “Here’s what we can do…” “Type a quote here.” –Johnny Appleseed
developers… Be the right kind of cocky “Type a quote here.” –Johnny Appleseed
Developers, invite designers to a hack-a-thon
Designers, host a spark-a-thon “Type a quote here.” –Johnny Appleseed http://bit.ly/1FjSJmR