Opinions on optimal design team

13 Jul 2006 - 9:46am
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russwilson
2005

I have recently been asked by my boss to
describe an "optimal" design team for software
applications (not websites).

Given that many designers can wear different
hats and skills/talents vary wildly across
individuals, I realize that the "optimal
design team" could consist of 2 people or
6 people depending on the above.

With that said, from a skillset perspective,
I have the following:

1. Interaction Designer / IA (yes, I'm grouping them together)
2. Visual Designer (most likely someone with a graphics design
background)
3. Usability expert
4. Subject matter expert
5. Implementation expert

Feedback? Opinions?

Thanks!
Russ

Russell Wilson | Director of Product Design
NetQoS, Inc. | 5001 Plaza on the Lake, Austin, TX 78746
512.334.3725 | russell.wilson at netqos.com

NetQoS: Performance Experts
www.netqos.com

Comments

13 Jul 2006 - 11:24am
ldebett
2004

Hi Russ,

In our case (software dev for consumer electronics), the SME and the IxD/IA
are - or actually become - the same person. So, instead of 1 IxD/IA, we have
multiple IxD/IA/SMEs on our design team. We rely on engineering, published
standards, and "the industry/market" to educate us on subject matter. We can
do that b/c we're an in-house team and don't have a wide variety of subject
matter unlike a consultancy.

We're also bouncing back and forth between thoughts of a dedicated "advanced
development" person and the expectation that each person works on AD
projects in their own capacity.

Cheers,

Lisa deBettencourt
Bose Corporation

On 7/13/06, Wilson, Russell <Russell.Wilson at netqos.com> wrote:
>
>
> With that said, from a skillset perspective,
> I have the following:
>
> 1. Interaction Designer / IA (yes, I'm grouping them together)
> 2. Visual Designer (most likely someone with a graphics design
> background)
> 3. Usability expert
> 4. Subject matter expert
> 5. Implementation expert
>
> Feedback? Opinions?
>
> Thanks!
> Russ
>
>

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