Working on sage was a valuable experience for me because it was my first time ever leading a design team. As a project lead, I learned how to pilot sage through each stage in the design process — from ideation, research, and design to a fully functioning prototype. I learned to leverage the skillsets of the different members of my team, clearly communicate timelines and expectations, provide constructive feedback, and work more closely with each member in every step of the process. Some key takeaways I have are:
Focus on the Essence.
Having a clear idea of exactly what we’re capable of implementing and the confidence that comes with that knowledge is key to navigating the design process. Moving forward while still unsure about functionality makes for much more frustration than necessary.
Iterate with Purpose
When designing, it’s easy to fall down rabbit holes of iteration after iteration. Although creating different versions definitely helps you visualize and ideate, it's important to ensure that each iteration has a purpose. Doing so can make your ideas much clearer and easier to expand upon.