Archive for the 'Remote Teams' topic

Improve Communication With Your Remote Team

OK. Your meeting is going perfectly. Then a remote team member says, “I don’t understand. Can you show me what you mean?” PANIC! MEETING IS DERAILING! But you’re about to save the day. You plug in your trusty IPEVO document camera and focus in on the pen and paper. As you make your sketch you […]

Jeff Gothelf – Axe Requirements-driven Product Design Live!

There’s a traditional way of building a product. Normally there’s a huge time investment made as you come up with the idea, design, build and re-build until it’s released. At this point you’re hoping this solution solves the users’ problems, and also that it doesn’t crash and burn. And if it does fail, there’s going to be some hell to pay.

UIEtips: Designing with Remote Teams

Collaboration is a critical part of the design process. With more teams consisting of members who work remotely, this can be a challenge. In today’s article, an excerpt from Jeff Gothelf’s book Lean UX, Jeff outlines the biggest challenges encountered with remote collaboration. Jeff says that it all comes down to communication. He knows what […]

Adam Connor – Design Studio: Building Consensus Early in Your Design Process

Getting two people to agree on something is a difficult task in any aspect of life. Getting a whole team to agree on a design, where underlying feelings, ownership, and organizational hierarchy are involved, can be an even greater challenge. That’s not even counting the dreaded “swoop and poop” scenario. The trick is to get everyone involved early in the design process and a design studio is a perfect tool for just that.

Kevin Hoffman – Leading Super Productive Meetings

It’s common in the current technological landscape for teams to have remote members. Firing up a Skype session to join the whole team in a meeting is easy. However, having a remote element to your team is not without complications. There can be hurdles in terms of collaboration, not to mention the possibility of technical issues. In the end, co-located or remote won’t matter if the meeting itself is poorly designed.

Get Your Design Team to All Our Virtual Seminars,
July through December

The virtual seminar schedule is in place for the rest of 2013. We’re bringing you the latest thinking on relevant topics, such as hiring a designer, designing with remote teams, and design workflow, just to name a few. And as always, these seminars are presented by the leading experts in our field, like Leah Buley, […]

UIE Book Corner: Russ Unger’s “Designing the Conversation”

Facilitation is an important skill, whether with collocated or remote teams. It drives conversation and collaboration. The ability to facilitate well is integral when conducting participatory design activities, giving a presentation, or even giving a virtual seminar. Russ joins Adam Churchill to discuss the book and the various types of facilitation in this podcast.

Sketching for Understanding – A Special EightShapes Seminar with Nathan Curtis on 1/17

With collaborative sketching techniques to orient and unify teams, it’s no surprise that you are embracing sketches to explore design ideas earlier in a creative process. But what are your goals for sketching, and how do they translate to your organization or team? And what are some great techniques you can start using right now? […]

Design Teams: Co-location Trumps Remote

We’ve been studying this for some time now and the reality is harsh: A co-located design team will have an easier time of producing great designs than a remote team. That doesn’t mean co-located teams will always succeed – they don’t. It doesn’t mean that remote teams will always fail – they don’t either. In […]

You Wanted This—Remote Usability Testing

Next up in our virtual seminar series is the guy who wrote the book on Remote Research. On July 15, Nate Bolt will tackle all your concerns and curiosities revolving around remote usability testing. Usability testing is not new, but remote usability testing absolutely is. It’s a unique and useful way to watch people use […]