22 May '13, 3pm

Finding the middle for designers and developers, thoughts from the @pivotallabs LA Extreme Roundtable last night

Finding the middle for designers and developers, thoughts from the @pivotallabs LA Extreme Roundtable last night

Oh the age-old ‘should designers code?’ debate again. Nope! I pushed the matter further last night at Pivotal’s Extreme Roundtable meetup in LA. I asked, ‘how involved should designers get into code?’ and ‘Should developers design?’ In a room of 7 developers, the latter surprisingly got the most votes. It all comes down to finding the middle and meeting there. It’s challenging for developers when a designer is thinking too high level in abstractions or too low at implementation details. Having conversations at the wireframe level, the middle, lets both parties have fluid discussions about product and implementation. It also gives the opportunity to try something out before going too far down a path that has a dead end. When designers get too far in the ahead, the product owner gets too committed and excited about an idea that’s still just an idea. If they devs aren’t invol...

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