With forethought and planning, active resiliency in the face of a sudden all-remote change can actually serve to enhance productivity. This guide outlines how design teams can optimally prepare for and navigate these sudden changes to an all-remote environment.
Design teams must develop a strategy to operate suddenly in an all-remote environment. The main concepts to consider are the following:
Mature design teams will likely already leverage a series of communications tools so a sudden shift to an all-remote arena will not impact digital communications much. However, teams with an established collaborative cadence may find the shift to an all-remote environment challenging due to the absence of in-person brainstorms, iterative design sessions, visual feedback and mark-up meetings. Therefore, design teams should prioritize this element to ensure appropriate collaboration measures are put in place immediately so that no one on the team goes off on their own, unlinked from the greater team’s efforts.
Key tools and technologies needed to make the shift from in-person to all-remote collaboration among designers, product managers, engineers, and any other stakeholders include:
Each team’s transition to remote work will look different. Here are some tips and practical advice start with:
Disruptions can cause consternation and unease, but there’s a flip side as well. Below are three fundamental benefits from shifting to an all-remote environment, especially if that shift happens suddenly.
As design teams move to an all-remote environment, it’s important to double down on effort to engage with other departments, e.g. finance, people operations, marketing, sales, etc. What once was taken for granted as every day interactions must now be purposely built into interdepartmental communications. To the extent possible, design team leaders should implement 360 degree feedback loops among key stakeholders in other departments to ensure smooth, efficient operations.
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