How GitHub helps us build a transparent and inclusive design culture for our product team

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A few years ago, Microsoft acquired two companies: Acompli (an email application) and Sunrise (a calendar application). We preserved the unique processes and cultural attributes that contributed to building these great products. At the core of it was a powerful use of GitHub.

Microsoft Outlook for Android & iOS have millions of users around the world. With a small design team, it gets really challenging, if not impossible, to track design tasks, provide visibility into current feature progress, and to give everyone on the team an equal opportunity to showcase new ideas. In addition, at any given point, the team is working on multiple features and collaborating with people in various cities.


Siddhant Mehta

Product Designer @ Microsoft. Previously at Google, DreamWorks Animation. Views are my own. Website:

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