Synergetic cross-functional teams (XFT) contribute greatly to the success of a program. Benefits of a cross-functional team include increased innovation and efficiency through different skill sets and expertise.
However, managing teams from various departments and specialisation require close coordination and orchestration of resources to ensure that the outputs from one team transit smoothly to the other.
The top three challenges I usually face when managing XFTs are:
MS PowerPoint is my personal tool of choice for various design work i.e. creating pitch decks, e-product launch posters, short animations, and interactive prototypes because of the three key reasons:
Below are three key reasons that I chose to conduct user tests with my users before launching the digital product to the masses:
I have consolidated the five steps which I took to conduct a simple user test for my users:
The transition to the post-production/maintenance phase begins. The transition primarily involves tasks and activities that span the following three broad categories:
The goal is to provide assurance to the client that their business will continue to function after the departure of the project team.
I will delve into further details for each of the categories mentioned above — providing some perspectives from a project manager and client.
During the project transition phase, the…
A lean design sprint is a scaled-down design approach that involves delivering artefacts quickly in an iterative fashion to obtain user feedback with limited resources.
I have recently completed a design sprint and have found this approach especially useful for product designers/teams that want to build a quick and usable solution to prove value before proceeding with further commitments.
I’ll be sharing briefly on the approach. The lean design sprint consists of four broad steps:
Anything can happen when your app gets released to the public. As we don’t know what we don’t know, it’s important to ensure that proper measures are in place to mitigate the risks and application vulnerabilities — through a security assessment and audit.
The coverage of the security assessment and tests vary across projects, but they would generally cover the following areas:
I will be sharing my experience — at a high level — from an infrastructure…
Writing a useful user story can make a significant difference in your delivery timeline in the long run.
In an agile delivery framework, a user story is the smallest unit of work to be delivered. The end deliverable should be able to demonstrate value to the user in the form of addressing the needs of the user specified in the user story; it’s essentially a user requirement that’s focused on the user’s experience.
The way you write the user story would determine the outcome of the deliverable. Hence, it’s important to include the essential components in the form of specifications…
Numbers form the backbone of project proposals to obtain funding from sponsors.
The benefits have to be packaged in a way that’s easily understood by the stakeholders for them to capture the value of your project and make an investment. However, you must also be able to justify the numbers when required.
This article covers a six-step approach to package benefits to potential sponsors:
A digital factory is a cross-functional unit within an organisation that incorporates a modern style of working and utilises advanced digital platforms to drive transformation throughout the business.
For companies to advance digitally effectively, management has to consider restructuring their organisational structure to embrace digital transformation; this can be done by adopting a suitable operating model that caters to the strategy, constraints, and structure of the company.
I’ll be sharing at a high level on the approach and considerations for setting up a digital factory within your organisation. The three broad steps are:
An effective digital transformation encompasses the entire spectrum of business and technology elements. What I have found surprising after moving from a technology-oriented to a business-oriented environment was the significance of technology in driving digital transformation—it’s much less than I thought, whereas there’s a huge dependency on business and people elements to ensure an effective transformation.
The two worlds: business and technology, are becoming more intertwined together such that it’s difficult to talk about one without talking about the other.
I recently moved from dealing primarily with machines to humans. Instead of writing scripts, codes, and managing infrastructure, now I’m…
In perpetual beta—playing at the intersection between digital technology and business.