Ways of working
🇨🇦 Lead content designer at the Canadian Digital Service, Kate Wilhelm, highly recommends making critique a 15-minute, daily practice. Plus points include: having the opportunity to share early; get context on a project you may later work on; plus, for people leading teams: “There’s also a special joy and pain from having people on your team ask the hard questions you usually ask.”
😀 The Monzo team have also been running crits but calling them ‘design input sessions’ because they include people from across the business. Nice write up on how to run one, inspired by this post from Figma last year.
✅ “A vision is arguably the most important thing a product manager/owner will create.” James Engelbert, a product lead at BT Digital, explains how to write a product vision that is short, clear, memorable and inspirational.
💭 Transformyour.work details research methods to help you “create knowledge about your own work, power hierarchies, class relations, and capitalism more broadly.” Each method leads to a different kind of knowledge. Interesting, relevant work from Autonomy UK and Common Knowledge. (Kind of) related: this tweet from Lauren Currie.
🏴 Good example of working in the open here from the Centre for Digital Public Services in Wales who posted the recording of their first board show and tell.
Stuff you should do
▪️ Subscribe to Designed and made, a weekly newsletter by designers and user researchers at Made Tech.
▪️ Help the Open Data Institute map who is responsible for data in the UK government. See Gavin Freeguard’s Twitter thread for the whys and hows.
▪️ Read Surveys that work, a practical guide for designing and running better surveys by forms and surveys specialist Caroline Jarrett.
▪️ Introduce Meeting cost live, a timer that calculates the cost of hot air and consequently shortens meetings.