If you set up inbound contribution model in the org, and your design system accepts changes from outside the home team, running a retrospective on such episodes is a great way to improve the process and support other teams. Meeting The format of the meeting that I found working pretty
Introducing an inbound feature request and/or contribution process in the org? Betting it’ll help the core design system team make the design system and all its users more successful? I’d been there, I’d made a few mistakes, and I’d like to share them — no sugar,
One thing I’ve found very valuable for platform-level teams, including design system teams, is having a communication plan. One that describes topics, preferable level of detail, frequency of push/pull updates, and people/roles involved. Such a simple document can save a lot of frustration for the people involved
When you start building a design system, the team is new, the topic is new, people in the organization are hopeful but mostly unaware of the challenge, and it’s important to pick a strategy in the beginning. Two options are “do things right” and “do things fast”. I chose
A design system team is in the organization to serve the entire organization. With this mindset, I started running a design system team and very soon found myself debugging the organization, where that team was being declared as a “dependency” or, occasionally, a “blocker” to most other teams. What happened?
Part of starting a design system team is hiring. Design system is essentially a platform team, and such team needs people with special skills to be successful. When they get on board, they need a clear set of expectations and a launchpad for their career at the company. The tool
When setting up a brand new UI platform team back in late 2019, there were two things I wish I knew: how to staff a design system team and how to do that in the beginning of a pandemic. Let’s focus on the former today.
Go out and listen to what people say about your design system and what you could be doing better.
A new person joins a design system team you’re running. What information would you need to make it a pleasant few weeks?
Design system work involves lots of people. How do you measure your team’s productivity in this chaos?