How we ship higher quality work by establishing a system that works for both designers and engineers

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On ATTN:’s Product & Engineering team, designers and engineers are responsible for conducting reviews of implemented design work before shipping products and features.

Operating similarly to code reviews, I’ve found that this approach promotes a higher level of understanding between our two teams and strengthens our patterns and design systems by formalizing a way to share feedback. Our engineering team is mostly remote, so this also serves as a way to communicate in a structured, asynchronous setting.

By remaining objective during the review process and allowing it to create space for questions, our teams are able to ship higher quality work in a way that supports both the Product Design and Engineering team’s efforts and contributions toward a project. …

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When I started building the Product Design Team at ATTN:, I knew it would be important to nail the on-boarding process. Sure, you make a first impression (and probably a second or third) with a new hire during the interview phase, but I really believe that the way someone is brought into a team is the first step in establishing a good working relationship in the months and years to come.

I’ve seen a lot of various approaches when it comes to addressing an employee’s first day. On one end of the spectrum, you have what I like to call the “Walkabout Method,” where an employee receives their basic needs — equipment, desk, chair, email — and then becomes responsible for forging their own path as they get situated. Want to meet someone? Walk up and introduce yourself! Need access to something?


Lauren Smith

Manages Product Design @attn

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