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One Voice: Fostering the Designer/Developer Relationship

Kim Harris

Knowing what users want is the job of a software designer. They spend years building their careers on a foundation of empathy and understanding; they spend months crafting beautiful and delightful experiences; they spend days validating and testing to provide the optimal solution to the most stress-inducing problems.

DEVELOPERS—your job is to understand what designers want… right?

WRONG.

Knowing what users want is the job of the designer... AND the developer.

Yes, we actually have the same job. Gasp. 

It’s a known fact that the relationship between designers and developers is the key to any successful software project, and yet, collaboration between the two can be quite rocky. So, why can’t we all just get along? Let’s talk about how to strengthen that relationship by offering empathy and understanding, crafting delightful experiences, and removing the most stress-inducing problems we all face.

About Kim Harris

Kim Harris is a Senior UX Designer at projekt202 and has worked in the tech industry for the past 10+ years. Her background in front-end development has given her the opportunity to experience both sides of the designer-developer spectrum. And the result? An understanding of the true value and impact of interdisciplinary collaboration. In fact, some of her best friends are developers!

Kim is passionate about Lean principles and organizational design, and continues to push the edges of her comfort zone by volunteering to speak at meetups.

Kim Harris

This Meeting Happened in the Past

It was held on to at Improving. This meeting was graciously sponsored by Improving.