Like most offices in North America, we locked our office doors on March 16th and moved our whole team remote. And like all those other offices, switching to a full work-from-home setup brought a slew of work-life changes to our team. We knew, especially with a shift this abrupt, that we’d need to make some changes as an organization to ensure our team felt as supported, engaged, and capable of doing their work as they’ve always been.
We decided early on that we needed to make our company culture a focus, and so we created a team to dig in on the changed circumstances and how they were impacting our teams. From our research, we were able to surface a few key findings that helped us create a roadmap we’ve been testing and iterating against. There is no silver bullet solution, but we believe these findings can help any organization dealing with these sudden and sweeping changes. …
Whether you’re searching for your first job in UX design, or just for the first time in a while, this guide will help you get through it.
It’s a compilation of all of the things I learned about networking, interviewing, and negotiating during my first two job searches in this field. It includes subtle things that that you might not think of, or that everyone just assumes you know.
If you have had a coffee with me anytime over the last year and a half, I’ve probably emailed a version of this to you.
Do coffee chats
Even though you might not be able to meet in person right now, do virtual coffee chats. Reach out to designers you’ve met at Meetups and conferences, seen speak somewhere, or who are working at companies you admire. If you’re part of a UX design Slack group that does #donut-coffee pairings (like Design X), take advantage of those as much as you can. Ask the people you meet to introduce you to other people. …
For the past six months, I’ve been facilitating my team’s daily stand-ups. I’m not a Scrum Master by training — I’m an interaction designer on a 5-member design team — but as we worked to improve our efficiency and processes on a long-term engagement, I took on the mantle of facilitator for our quick, daily syncs.
During our last retro, we discussed how our daily stand-ups have improved our performance, and it prompted me to reflect on the impact that deliberate, thoughtful effort to this seemingly small meeting has had on us as a whole. On reflection, I realized that the better we got at our daily stand-ups, the more collaborative we became and the stronger our work got. …