Week 4

Design strategies, leadership, day nurse and hating powerpoint
January 24, 2020

๐Ÿ˜‰ This week I...

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๐ŸŽง ย ...have been listening to music. Chromatics, new Fourtet and moar Karenn!


๐Ÿ“– Ditched Into the woods by John Yorke. I hate doing this to books, but it took a lot of exposition to get to a point. For a book about writing, this is disappointing. Jumped onto The Laws of Simplicity by John Meada and cripes the first half is dull.

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๐Ÿ‹๏ธ no running, but the knee is miles better. One more physio appointment next week and then I'm back on the running๐Ÿคž

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๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ a good mood week. Meditated once, but got the office lurgy ย ๐Ÿคง

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๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿ‘ˆ goals this week:

  1. prepare for end of year reviews
  2. think about trial next steps โœ…
  3. start thinking about design strategy for membership โœ…

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๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿ‘‰ goals next week:

  1. prepare for end of year reviews
  2. get relevant people involved in the membership design strategy - research plan, design patterns etc.
  3. identify what we want to learn from user research next week

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๐Ÿ”ฎ spent a lot of time thinking about design strategy and what that means. I'm writing one for membership as I've noticed a lot of gaps that could be filled and connections to be made. As a result I've listened and read a lot:
Abigail Hart Gray on Communicating the Value of Design, on the Design Better Podcast

Ready, Set, Hypergrowth: How Duo's Product Design Lead Primed Her Team for Momentum. More start up focussed but some interesting highlights:

Product strategy vs. design strategy

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๐Ÿฆ after a lot of thought about this side of design and design leadership the penny dropped on what my role is and resulted in this blasรฉ, day nurse fuelled tweet. Yeah, I don't like being like that on twitter but I have spent 12 months of uncertainty and insecurity, so I indulged myself a little. Plus I was high as a kite. Don't worry though all this will come crashing down next week, it usually does.

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๐Ÿฆ also, I fucking hate powerpoint.

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๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝwith most of my interactions with people this week I've tried to keep my mouth shut. If I do open my mouth it's to ask questions. I've learnt a lot and people seem to appreciate it more.

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๐Ÿ’ผ been thinking and talking a lot of design organisation. Also, about being a practioner of design or a manager of people. Someone mentioned to me:ย 'How would you feel about picking between people management (skills, culture, people) and product area leadership (strategy, direction, being involved in the work)?'. I honestly don't know how to answer this. I kinda like the strategy, but I love the coaching side. I've given myself 3 months to focus on the strategy side with no designing whatsoever to see what happens.

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๐Ÿ”– and Dave wrote a thing about measuring design!ย 

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๐Ÿ‘‹That's it, see you next week!

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