Engineers, designers, and business stakeholders need to work together to deliver software in ways that are rapid, efficient, and aligned with their customers’ needs. But sometimes they have vastly different ways of working that get in the way of progress. Every project has time and budget constraints, and on top of that, every participant brings their own priorities and ways of working to the table.

In our free eBook, you will learn how to avoid this fraught situation through closer collaboration between design and engineering. But first, let’s take a look at a few common frustrations…

Too many “cooks in the kitchen” 

In every project, there will be a variety of perspectives from a range of parties. This can lead to a lot of noise and misalignment, and plenty of room for communication misfires. When there is no “agreed way of working” at the outset, there can be differing priorities which are a huge roadblock for collaborative working.

Non-technical designers and researchers lacking an understanding of how their designs will be built

Some specialist designers may have never actually participated in the development or the build of their designs, or been close to the code. This can lead to designs that are uninformed by the time, effort, or complexity needed to implement the design. 

When discovery goes rogue

Discovery is imperative to the success of any development project, but it needs to be scaled to the overall scope of the project. Too little and there may be expensive rework late in the game when new information emerges. Similarly, nobody has infinite time or money to explore ideas endlessly. Extensive discovery activities can cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. When designers don’t have ownership of the end outcome or visibility of the overall budget they may unwittingly allocate more time than needed to their own work.

A feature-led approach driving pointless functionality 

When teams are feature- and engineering-led, and design is an afterthought or not involved at all, they may successfully deliver feature after feature, but users don’t even use or want it. Or worse, when features are changed that ultimately make it more difficult and frustrating for users.

Not balancing the overall budget 

In many cases, a budget is set as a result of a business case done by a key stakeholder, without the assessment and collaboration of design or engineering teams. If there is a lack of visibility of the total project budget and allocation, teams have no context of the impact of their decisions on other parts of the budget. 

 

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Download our ebook where we also explore communication bottlenecks, differing philosophies and misalignment of goals and outputs as other common pain points. 

 

What is to be gained by working together collaboratively?

The opportunity of working with design and engineering as a collaborative team, is that from the outset you’re designing things with the idea of them being made, quickly, and to solve the right problem. Engineers are embedded on the journey from the beginning – fully connected with the purpose and needs of the users of the solution. When everyone’s on the same page, the communication and feedback is open, and the resulting delivery is rapid and gives a very real sense of momentum that is crucial to success.

There are a number of ways we at ClearPoint approach this to ensure that we get each team on the same page. 

 

To learn more about building better digital products through closer collaboration between design and engineering, download our free eBook here.

 

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