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HV Project Model: Our framework to approaching challenges and handling web or app projects in collaboration with clients and partners.

When faced with the challenge of creating, designing, building or re-designing one’s website, we often talk about the design and development process. This is neither another process nor an article about one.

Process vs. Output vs. Collaboration

Most companies or agencies have a certain way of working. Approaches vary from conventional waterfall approaches on one to agile methodologies on the other end of the spectrum.

No matter what approach you take, oftentimes people involved in such a process struggle to comprehend what a specific phase of a process means and what deliverables or outputs are essential or required.

To add clarity for our team, partners and clients, we have developed the HV Project Model. It is not a process but a modular approach to a way of collaborating that lays the foundation of how we approach challenges, handle projects and create solutions together with clients and partners. …

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Personas are under attack. They have been an established artefact in a UX designer’s toolkit. But recently, professionals have argued, that personas don’t create any real value in the design process and that they are bound to fail. So what now?

Most of us happen to design products for other people and not for ourselves. To understand the people we are designing for, we create personas. This used to be an established given in the UX & Design community. Nevertheless, lots of people have experienced failure and experts have raised criticism.

Personas get created but don’t get any stakeholder buy-ins, are not well communicated or not used at all. While the Nielsen Norman Group only points out these and other pitfalls when using personas others go further.

How to run and lead successful teams. Key takeaways from our «Try, Test, Fail… Prevail» Leadership and Team Development workshop with Hyper Island.

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Honest & relatable «stinky fish» by a workshop participant

In an intense and immersive one-day event Hyper Island’s Tash Willcocks and Sarah Gee led over 60 participants through three of the four stages of the team development process (Wheelan’s integrated model of group development).

  • Stage 1 – Dependency and inclusion
  • Stage 2 – Counter dependency and conflict
  • Stage 3 – Trust & Structure
  • Stage 4 – Performance and Productivity

Key takeaway:

A sharing, open and «yes, and» mindset is a key ingredient to leadership and running well functioning and successful teams.

Stage 1 — Dependency and Inclusion

To kick off our workshop, similar to what you should do when starting a new team to get to know everyone. Getting to know your team is not about boasting about your great achievements and the highlights of your CV. It’s about sharing something personal and relatable. …


Dan Nessler

Head Of UX Design @hvzh | Lecturer @hkb_MAComDes @fhhwz @zhdk | MA in #dxd @HyperIsland | formerly w/ @scholzfriendsCH @JvM_Limmat

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