To begin a new starter:
Like artisan sourdough, growing a robust design practice requires time, space & perseverance. Without rigour, we’re just creating a lot of product without the ‘nutrition’ that feeds wider outcomes.
I shared my experiments from 17 months at GovTech Singapore through 3 areas we can slow down, and an approach for scaling design capability sustainably.
In case you were wondering: This work is very much WIP. The outcomes achieved are still unevenly distributed, and do not fully represent the culture across the organization.
Can’t remember what I said on stage, but a) being mindful about my tendency to say yes/do more (and ensuring I sleep on decisions), b) tracking how I spend my time, c) meditating, d) trying to exercise and watch less Netflix! I added 2 slides on time-tracking to the refined talk that I presented at the UXSEA Summit after https://noti.st/duzkiez/eHfMfY/slowing-down-to-scale-design.
When you first start in design (or any craft), it’s like being a fish. Then you get really good at some things, so you become a shark. But when you start leading teams, those skills matter less because you’re now an octopus with 8 tentacles - some of them are weak or barely formed, and you have to build new muscles again. Not to mention all the stuff you have to juggle!