Why do designers fail? A survey (with prizes!)

8 Oct 2008 - 1:16pm
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Scott Berkun
2008

As part of research I'm doing on how designers work, I'm exploring
situations and reasons for why designers fail in work and group situations.
Through a conversation on my blog we've identified over 40 specific
situations, or patterns, that contribute to failure. Now I'd like some help
in ranking their significance.

The survey is open to both designers (of all kinds) and non-designers - part
of the goal is to compare how designers view reasons for failure, compared
to how non-designer's do. So please do forward to teammates and co-workers,
regardless of their job title or role.

The survey should take about 5 minutes (3 if you're smart). As prizes, I'll
be giving away $100, $50 and $25 amazon.com gift certificates.

Survey:
http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2008/win-prizes-why-do-designers-fail-survey
/

Cheers,

-Scott

Scott Berkun
www.scottberkun.com

Comments

8 Oct 2008 - 12:48pm
Nasir Barday
2006

This is probably starting your discussion prematurely, but I have to say
that I find the survey slants too much on the organization and not on the
designer. Would have liked to have seen factors listed such as "Innefective
communication of the design" or "Designer cannot defend ideas well," as you
allude to in the introductory blog post for the survey.
The fact is that most of the organizational factors listed will always
exist, no matter how hard we try to combat them-- the key for our community
is to focus on breeding designers that can effectively communicate their
designs and to confidently defend them. Maybe you're already on this (you do
have 'designer psychology' and 'designer competence' listed as categories
after all). Just wanted to get that out there on a soap box, as I've heard
too often from junior designers that "These guys just don't get it."

Submitted and looking forward to your thoughts and analysis,
- Nasir

8 Oct 2008 - 12:50pm
Nasir Barday
2006

("These guys just don't get it" being in reference to the organizations they
work in, after having their ideas unceremoniously thrown into the wood
chipper).
- N

8 Oct 2008 - 1:50pm
Scott Berkun
2008

Hi Nasir:

Good points - but for obvious reasons while the survey is still open I'd ask
folks to either give me feedback on the survey itself off-list, or wait
until the survey is closed.

Cheers,

-Scott

9 Oct 2008 - 9:21pm
Cwodtke
2004

when will the results be up? very interestng.

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM, <info at scottberkun.com> wrote:

> As part of research I'm doing on how designers work, I'm exploring
> situations and reasons for why designers fail in work and group situations.
> Through a conversation on my blog we've identified over 40 specific
> situations, or patterns, that contribute to failure. Now I'd like some help
> in ranking their significance.
>
> The survey is open to both designers (of all kinds) and non-designers -
> part
> of the goal is to compare how designers view reasons for failure, compared
> to how non-designer's do. So please do forward to teammates and co-workers,
> regardless of their job title or role.
>
> The survey should take about 5 minutes (3 if you're smart). As prizes, I'll
> be giving away $100, $50 and $25 amazon.com gift certificates.
>
> Survey:
>
> http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2008/win-prizes-why-do-designers-fail-survey
> /
>
> Cheers,
>
> -Scott
>
> Scott Berkun
> www.scottberkun.com
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9 Oct 2008 - 10:24pm
Scott Berkun
2008

I'll close the survey for analysis EOD tommorow. I expect to post results
end of next week. I will be sure to post to ixda when they're up.

-Scott

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when will the results be up? very interestng.

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM, <info at scottberkun.com> wrote:

> As part of research I'm doing on how designers work, I'm exploring
> situations and reasons for why designers fail in work and group
situations.
> Through a conversation on my blog we've identified over 40 specific
> situations, or patterns, that contribute to failure. Now I'd like some
> help in ranking their significance.
>
> The survey is open to both designers (of all kinds) and non-designers
> - part of the goal is to compare how designers view reasons for
> failure, compared to how non-designer's do. So please do forward to
> teammates and co-workers, regardless of their job title or role.
>
> The survey should take about 5 minutes (3 if you're smart). As prizes,
> I'll be giving away $100, $50 and $25 amazon.com gift certificates.
>
> Survey:
>
> http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2008/win-prizes-why-do-designers-fail-
> survey
> /
>
> Cheers,
>
> -Scott
>
> Scott Berkun
> www.scottberkun.com
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