- Embrace 6 collaborative behaviors
- Practice the "4 Virtues of Collaboration"
- Assess your mindset
- Be honest with yourself
Happy, productive teams may seem like a pipe dream to those who believe all designers are divas, project managers rush timelines, and bosses (or clients) expect the impossible.
Can't we all just get along?
Yes, and Dan Brown is living proof. Over time, the EightShapes team has adopted behaviors, making their work transparent and effectively. Dan has distilled these behaviors into a framework called the "4 Virtues of Collaboration."
Embrace 6 collaborative behaviors
- Hear stories of common reactions that work against collaboration
- Experiment with changing your interpretation and response to common team dynamics
Practice the "4 Virtues of Collaboration"
- See how definition, accountability, awareness, and honesty are influencing your work
- Use the 4 Virtues to evaluate your team's current team dynamics
Assess your mindset
- Consider the three mindsets of great designers: adaptive, collective, or assertive
- Try a collaborative behavior that makes you a little uncomfortable but yields better results
Be honest with yourself
- Identify which challenges you face in personally dealing with other people
- Push yourself to shift from known hesitations to any of the 6 collaborative behaviors
Attend this seminar if you
- Want to learn 6 different behaviors to become more collaborative on a daily basis
- Have to interact with multiple stakeholders as a regular part of your job
- Struggle to answer "who is doing what?"
- Don't want another collaboration tool, but instead a methodology you can actually use
If you want to improve the way you—and your team—interpret and respond to everyday design challenges, then watch Dan's seminar now.
EightShapes, a user experience design firm based in Washington, DC, collaborates with their clients to design web sites and other interactive products. They employ user-centered techniques and the latest methods for documenting design. The team at EightShapes does extraordinary work, and when they do something, they do it right. So in considering an online seminar, our talks evolved into a full program of teaching experience design—this desire to share their learning being one of the organization's core values.
Dan Brown is a principal and founder of EightShapes. His experience includes work with National Geographic, Cisco, WebEx, US Department of Energy, US Department of Education, to name just a few. He's written numerous articles in information architecture and design, and in 2006 published Communicating Design, widely considered part of the “UX canon.” Newly updated, the second edition (New Riders, 2010) expands on principles for creating user experience documentation.
This is the fourth seminar in our series with EightShapes. You can still get access to the recordings of the other three:
- 5 Simple Principles to Improve Your Information Architecture with Dan Brown
- The Secrets of Great UX Documentation with Dan Brown
- From PDFs to HTML Prototypes with Nathan Curtis