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.
There’s the concept of mental health at work (which we agree is important), and the practice of mental health (which really comes down to what we do as individuals and teams). I’d encourage you to explore what this could look like for yourself and the human beings you work with!
The sheer drive & desire to live a more intentional life! Not so much to ‘bounce back’ (which implies fast, energetic return to original state) but to give myself time & space to rest & recover; to unpack what I was still doing and more importantly, why.
I’m so heartened! Please do share your experiments/approach, I’d love to learn from all of you too.
I prefer seeing that each team has different contexts & constraints, so understanding that is a good first step to setting them up for success.
Aww, thank you! We can all be safe space advocates - remember that individually we’re little black dots in the system, but collectively, we can shift how we work together and support each other 🌱
Lilla Szulyovszky has some great tips https://medium.com/@lillaszulyovszky/how-to-set-remote-teams-up-for-success-b402fd754fa6. At Foolproof, I really loved the webcams we had in the social spaces of each office so we could wave hi/chat outside of work.
I took a 3-month sabbatical to learn how to take better care of myself, and wanted to explore non-commercial work!
Don’t have a team yet and don’t know where the winds will take me, but please do reach out - would love to meet you!
I coach both! Mainly in design research and design/research ops, but also in interaction design, UX writing, storytelling, stakeholders, and personal challenges/adulting.
I’m a sloth who loves to hide in her tree :) But I’ve learnt to grow my extroversion range and the size of my social tank.
Burnout comes in different shapes/symptoms, and it’s important we set ourselves up to rest and reflect. This might mean talking to your boss even if it’s uncomfortable AF or finding other means to stop work for a while. Happy to chat more if you’re struggling.
To bring back some points from my talk: Grow your relationships and trust; start small; don’t ask for permission but try and see what emerges! (GovTech didn’t hire me to do this - I created my own role.) And sometimes, we have to recognize that an organization just isn’t ready at this moment in time.
I think everyone who builds products & services should have a people-centered mindset, so explore how you can continuously gain more context of the people you design for and the people you work with.
Yes! I’ve also worked in a professional kitchen as an apprentice cook.
Haha it’s good ol’ Georgia. I also used Avenir.
And create another silo? :) I see the Dojo roles intertwined in achieving our outcomes, but I could be wrong!