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Photo by RAPHAEL MAKSIAN on Unsplash

As designers, we talk often about the three- or four-legged stool. Each leg represents one of our product team functions: product, research, design, and engineering (PRDE). And it’s no secret that, in many companies, designers and researchers struggle to be seen as thought partners to our product and engineering peers. Yet, we continue to use the analogy of the stool, which doesn’t explain how we all work together, what value we each bring to the table, and the process for successfully reaching our goals.

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The stool, besides being a really uncomfortable seating option, conjures imagery of working in silos. It implies that we are evenly involved throughout the entire process, and it doesn’t make it clear how we collaborate. The vagueness of the metaphor makes it hard to describe the value that we bring, or what different roles contribute at different times throughout the process. …

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Lara Cavezza

Product Design Manager at ezCater, Co-organizer of Ladies That UX Boston

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