on-designers abou…ndrome that sets designers up for unsuccessful conversations with hiring companies. It’s our job to educate non-designers about what we do, what we can help with, and which problems can be solved better by a specialist.
Great product managers spend most of their time doing research, discovering opportunities in the market, defining the vision, keeping teams aligned, socializing ideas, and getting buy-in and agreement from stakeholders. They are the glue between teams. However, most product managers are terrible.
Who did you design for? Why? What approaches did you use to find the right design? What research did you do or work from? How was success going to be assessed and measured? What sketching, prototyping, and refining did you do? Why this design and not others? What challenges did you run into during the design phase? How did you address them? What were you wrong and right about? How were the other members of the product team involved in the design? What were your specific contributions? What did you help others create? How were you involved in building and testing the code? What are the tangible and observed benefits people realized when they used what was built?