Thanks! I’ve certainly gained an appreciation for why there are so few thorough case studies on these topics.
It adds a whole separate level of complexity to a project to document the process, journal the strategy, and honestly reflect on the outcomes… while also actually shipping code!
This concept is one I’m currently toying around with on our team. I’ve had extensive responsibility in the hiring done on our team over the years and interviewing designers has long been the biggest challenge.
The idea of doing an in-person challenge, with a real exercise, with real people from the team the candidate would…
Too many places have a ‘probation period’ in place as almost a formality, but it doesn’t actually mean anything.
There is no special way they treat this period; no means of evaluation, onboarding, training, or really investing in the person hired to determine if they will be an appropriate fit for the team.
This is such a heartbreaking reality for so many people. The fact that anybody feels like (and is proven to be) less desireable of a candidate because they aren’t the idealized single, no-kids, always-available, young, healthy, ambitious, [insert lots more here] person.
Bingo! Always frame a ‘design review’ session with a detailed explanation of the problem you’re solving. In particular, where the problem came from and who will get the most value from solving this problem.
Without this context, your feedback session can become design-by-committee at best, and a battle of opinions at worst.
This is such an important point. Criticism can come simply from a different perspective. As designers (or anybody creating anything a human will see), we should all remember the value of insights that come from a different point of view.
I’ve witnessed this second-hand through colleagues who observe management turning a blind eye to the negative fallout of knee-jerk decisions. It’s disappointing to watch the team struggle to make a poor management decision work, then to watch them take the brunt of the blame when the ‘new strategy’ doesn’t work out the way management envisioned it would.
What an awesome spot to expand to! It’s been a trip watching the growth and success of Thalmic in the region over the last many years. I’m curious what you guys are using for your room booking software (I spy the screens attached to the meeting rooms, but can’t tell what you’re using haha).
Cheers, everyone, and keep up the good work!