Tips & Tricks for Designers & Developers
Crossing the divide is more than just taking a few courses and mastering a list of tools. Effective collaboration requires a commitment to learning, communication, and understanding.
Here are some tips to help you on your journey to crossing the divide:
Stretch beyond your current toolkit.
Expand your skills. It feels amazing to have a conversation with someone on another team based on a mutual understanding. You’ll begin to hear a decrease in comments like “You wouldn’t understand this process…” and an increase in comments like “Because you understand how this process works, we can both agree that this is the next step.” Who knows, you might open others up to learning something they might have misconceptions about.
Be involved in every step of the project, from planning to website launch.
It’s beneficial to involve yourself in other facets of the project in order to learn a thing or two about why something veered a certain way after it left the UX Architect’s hands, or why the site doesn’t look the same in the browser as it did in Illustrator.
The unicorn doesn’t exist. Don’t tackle it alone.
Your teammates are there to help. Don’t try to take one for the team by being the jack-of-all-trades.
Probably one of the hardest things I’ve learned (and honestly am still learning) is that to learn, you have to ask. No matter how lame you might think your question is, you’ll never know the answer if you don’t ask. Your coworkers will be happy to help.
Use tools to communicate.
Email, Lync, Hangouts, Slack, phone calls, courier pigeon, Google Docs, paper airplanes, and goodness forbid – face-to-face conversation! There is not, and will never be, a lack of communication methods… AKA: you have no excuse to not talk with your coworkers. A walk across the office never hurt anyone, either.