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Ask A Designer Round 3: Staying CuriousLaura McCutchan
From books to blogs to podcasts, UX/UI and product designers have always sought sources of knowledge and inspiration that help keep them on top of the latest trends and advancements in such a competitive field. What methods they adopt, what they suggest designers should do to stay sharp, and what their favorite sources of learning are, Director of Design Laura McCutchan gets the answers to all of these questions in this third part of the Ask A Designer Series — and its a conversation with our design team that you don’t want to miss!
Empowering Your Team through Feedback: A Manager’s Guide For Effective Communication in the WorkplaceHaseeb Danyal
What are the KPIs of success for a team lead or a manager? Is your success reflected in the results delivered by your team? Or does it go deeper than that? Interestingly, the quality of output that comes from your team will largely depend on how you treat each individual on the team, and this is an area where managers will benefit significantly if they invest their time and effort towards it. In this article by Manager Design Operations, Haseeb Danyal, learn how to initiate and maintain effective communication in the workplace to enhance and how you can empower them with valuable feedback using this template and questionnaire.
4 Things To Get Right When Using A Product FrameworkSami Rehman
Product teams are well-aware, and often a victim of, the exploitation of product frameworks. Many who offer frameworks — and they are available on nearly every topic and industry around us — often use it as a means to further their marketing efforts. But for all the apprehension surrounding product frameworks, it’s important to remember what their core purpose is: solving your problems in a more structured manner. In this article, Senior PRoduct Manager shares 4 measures of caution to take when choosing the right product framework for yourself, and the importance of filtering out the right ones from frameworks that aren’t meant for you.
3 Techniques To Make Data-Driven Decisions with User Data AnalyticsAli Ayub Khan
In a world of cut-throat competition in every industry where businesses operate in the digital space, missing out on key user insights and relying on guesswork can prove to be fatal for your business. Leaving things to chance when it comes to understanding what your users really want from their experience with your product can be detrimental. On the other hand, carefully studying your users, their behaviors, and their interactions has endless benefits — both on the outside and within your organization. In this article, Associate Product Manager Ali Ayub Khan reveals three of the most effective techniques that help you drive better data-driven decisions every single day.
Designer Career Ladders: Enhancing the Performance and Growth of Design TeamsHaseeb Danyal
Building an efficient and high-performing design team is an integral part of any organization that offers design as part of their service portfolio. But is just hiring designers and assigning them responsibilities enough? Good designers don’t just need to be hired — they need to be motivated, encouraged, and pushed up their respective career paths! That’s what we’ve achieved with the Dual-Lane Designer Career Ladder!
How Compositional Layouts for iOS Design Revolutionized Frontend DevelopmentZeeshan Ahmed
Developers have long been using the UICollectionView — and Default UI Flows — to build frontend UI for iOS. However, this wasn’t without its challenges. While the UICollectionView for iOS has always sufficed for building simpler layouts, what happens when the designs start getting more advanced and the complexity increases? To tackle exactly this, and the problems of the older UICollectionView, Apple introduced the Compositional Layouts during WWDC 2019. And in this article, we dissect the Compositional Layout to see how it benefits frontend development.
Scaling Agile Operations: 3 Agile Frameworks for Digital TransformationGhazmir Mansur
Your small-sized product team may be functioning well right now, but have you thought about what might happen if you try to grow it? Any small business scaling up will run into one big problem: their teams are used to working in legacy Scrum frameworks, and these frameworks fail when you start adding more people into the team. So what can growing startups wanting to adopt an agile transformation do? Enter: the 3 best Scaled Agile frameworks for digital transformation!
Implementing User Experience Research in the Product Life CycleIrum Tariq
As customer satisfaction continues to increase in importance as a key element for the success of any business, no matter how big or small, the need for user experience research grows as well. Be it for digital or physical products, and regardless of which stage of the product life cycle you may currently be at, there are UX methods to adopt at each stage that can help achieve very specific but crucial outcomes — all of which contribute towards the success of your product. In this article, learn how and when UX research can be implemented at various stages of the product development life cycle.
Enhancing the Product Life Cycle With Great User Experience DesignUsama Javed
The product development life cycle is a journey that requires time, effort, and a lot of resources. Despite all of that, if you’re still failing to recognize the most important factor that will define the success of your product, you’re putting yourself in a dangerous situation. This factor is the end user, and user experience design could be the missing piece of the puzzle that product companies need to ensure their product meets the expectations of their target users. In this article, learn why great user experience design is key to the product life cycle, in what ways it impacts the process, and how you can start incorporating it into the product cycle today.
Ask A Designer Round 2: Questions For Designers, From DevelopersLaura McCutchan
In our previous (and first!) Ask A Designer segment, we sat down in conversation with our design team for up close and personal insights into their day to day lives, their challenges, and their ways of working. This time, we’re taking an outside look: our development team sat down with our designers to ask them questions that they’ve always wanted answers to! In an effort to best understand how designers work, and their perspectives on important factors like accessibility, research, etc., this QnA between the two teams did much more than answer questions — it helped break down barriers in communication, improve collaboration, and make the process of working smoother and easier for both sides.