We're seeing a lot of growth in design teams. Just a couple of years ago teams tended to be 5 to 10 people, but today teams of 50, 60, or 100+ are common even in companies in more conservative market sectors.
When teams get that big entropy emerges. Designers spend most of their time in meetings, syncing with other teams, doing administrative things, and doing a lot less designing.
To help designers get back to the craft that got them hired design teams are spinning up DesignOps functions that improve operations on a team and project level.
We've just published the DesignOps Handbook on DesignBetter.Co written by Dave Malouf (IxDA co-founder), Meredith Black (Pinterest), Collin Whitehead (Dropbox), and Kate Battles (Fitbit) to help more teams get their bearings with this new discipline.
Is DesignOps already in place in your company? Is it on your radar? Would love to hear your perspective.
To be honest, I was expecting a lot of fluff and to dismiss this as a joke. Optimistic much? Ha.
What I found was potentially one of the most progressive and thoughtful handbooks about designing at scale. Design Op's is really a word that can be misinterpreted as "young kids rephrasing old concepts, to make themselves feel important".
However, Design Ops is a new category of operational know how. This book helps articulate, to all stakeholders, the importance of designers and how, if you don't pigeon hole them, they can become the corner stone of any organization.
I expect all the kids to start adding 'Senior Design Op's' to their Linkedin profiles from now on. Ha.
Thank your hard work and contribution to the design space.
Appreciate the kind words, Josh. Hope the book proves useful.
The content appears to be forward thinking and really useful. Putting in a second request here for a way to download it. This is not a pleasant way to consume long-form content of this nature and put it into action.
Hey, Jon. We're working on an epub and PDF version. Stay tuned.