Balanced Team Conference SF, 2013
Jonathan Berger, Pivotal Labs
This may look like a story about design
but it's really a story about rhythm
I see many
wasn't agile supposed to be a
instead, designers feel
asked to work at someone else's
this is an
expected to be right
expected to be perfect
call to arms
designers should adopt sustainable pace as a value
designers coping with Agile
why aren't we asking "How can Agile serve designers?"
visual design system
the project goes Agile
I.N.V.E.S.T., small pieces
Malleable, never done, holistic
degrades under the weight of a thousand tiny changes
designers have to play catch-up in a race they can't win
this design-system degradation is an affordance of differently-sized design and development cycles
Agile Designers Prayer
Grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference
Designers need not work at developers tempo
stay in-rhythm with development, not on-pace
keep an eye on the health of the graphic system
manage your design debt
the balance shifts
raise the alarm
Do systematic Visual Design
Near the end of Big design refactor
Costs of delay
After the Big Design refactor
until the next refactor
“we’re ok for right now, but we’ll need a design refactor in the next 3-5 weeks”
...and the cycle repeats
work with the Big Design Refactor, not against it.
Designers should recognize the rhythms and tempos of design and development.
Designers should look to agile as a solution, not a problem.
Designers should adopt sustainable pace as a value.
Balanced Teams should adopt sustainable pace as a value.