More than likely, you and your team had to suddenly transition to working remotely full-time amid the pandemic. And while you may have mastered the personal adjustment by now, odds are you’ve recently found that remote collaboration is a whole new mountain to climb.
We know that, historically, many designers have done their best work around a messy studio table with their teammates, surrounded by a rainbow of sticky notes. However, we’ve learned that it’s not the physical elements of collaboration that leads to great design work: It’s exceptional communication and relationships with your team.
However, that’s easier said than done—especially when these aspects can take time to grow organically. That’s why, to help navigate the change, we’ve written a brand new, free book.
In this book you’ll learn how to:
- Make creativity and collaboration thrive in remote design teams
- Lead and manage distributed design teams
- Build a strong remote work culture by establishing trust and psychological safety
- Run remote design reviews, design sprints and stand-ups
- Use the right tools to foster better remote product design and development
There’s no denying that transitioning to remote work is a huge shift. It’s natural to feel anxious about how things are actually going to work. However, you’ll find that creating a highly productive team is all about the people, not the space they inhabit. As Julia Elman, director of design at the distributed company Zapier, said: “To do great design, your team doesn’t have to be in the same room.”
We firmly believe that to get distributed work right, you just need to be willing to try new approaches, fail, and continually iterate—slowly building that new remote work muscle—until you find what works best for you and your team. We’re hoping this book acts as a useful guide in challenging times.