Design as human intent
Design is among the first signals of human intention — an expression of our creativiity and desire to move humanity forthward. As modern day inventors, it is critical that we manifest a new way of working, one that is participatory and democratized. It is here where our entry into design workflows ought to be reconsidered.
Our human workflow
Human workflows arguably have the greatest impact on a teams ability to produce meaningful experiences. The operational procedures of a team, whether it be in collaboration or communication can vary widely, both of which stem from the cultural aptitude of the group.
Our human workflow is where all design teams must focus — to be clear about how people engage in human form. What operational values are cast in motion? To what end do we pull our humanness into our workflows?
Call to action
Consider the current state of design teams workflow — the human side of how you engsge with your colleagues. To what end are decisions articulated in the form of face time? How is it that your team democratically makes decisions? Focusing on the human element of team dynamics can better inform the procedural movement into collectively transparent workflows.
Extending human workflows
The most organic forms of technical workflows are born out of our most natural form of human documentation. The digitization of workflows ought to be seen as an extention of our own human workflow — to be accomplished with more efficiency and practicality.
An example of this can be found in the documention of a design sprint. The use of a physical kanban board with post-its is a powerful way of visualizing the work and its status, however archiving and maintaining this system begins to fail when teams and their work scale.
Optimize for your teams DNA
The adoption of technical workflows are most naturally accepted when they are uniquely cultivated — there is no one size fits all when it comes to processing our work.
As with most workflows, optimization requires constant exploration and testing. Leveraging design thinking to craft process improvements is a powerful method for surfacing the human pain points of operational workflows.
Call to action
Consider the technical workflows currently employed across your current work. Does everyone on the team have a voice for making improvements to the structure? Is there space for communicating the struggles with documentation? Are those voices provided a forum for running tests to further the teams advancement? Take a moment today to reflect on the human workflows that are successful and how your team might benefit from the extension of implementing them into your technical workflows.