Growing both individuals and design teams
I believe each individual need to own her or his career. As a manager, it's my job to enable this. I believe in goal-setting, clear expectations, and providing growth opportunities. For this reason, one of the first things I did when I took over the team at MyFitnessPal was to provide concise job ladders that mapped to Under Armour's core pillars. I've also been strategic with my hires to ensure growth pathways.
Here's my one-pager on design roles, from associate to principal:
I also believe you need to build trust to grow your team, which is why I love spending time getting to know not only my team but also designers across Under Armour and individual contributors across the organization.
Developing insights-driven experiences
When ideas are being developed, it's helpful to have a more narrative storytelling artifact to help navigation from a high-level opportunity to more tactical design activities. I've worked with designers to develop varying levels of fidelity that we can use to align with our collaborators in product and business development.
Developing, applying, and extending design systems
Visual design is an art, but it's also a science, particularly when you have a team of designers, each having her or his own aesthetic. For this reason, it's important to articulate the design language system, not simply as components but as principles that guide decision-making.
Sample high-fidelity designs:
Improving process and raising quality
Adopting good practices is critical to raising the quality of design, improving our ability to execute, and maintaining health teams. At MyFitnessPal, I spent the last year establishing design as a discipline and thought partner to our peers across the organization. One accomplishment was working with program management to create a more collaborative process, where design works alongside product to define and maximize opportunities. I also standardized our methodology and templatized our deliverables so every designer works toward the same high bar.