Managing Designers


#1

I’ve been practicing Interaction Design for 16 years now, and if I’ve learned anything, I know that there is always more to learn. For most of my career, I’ve been the sole designer in a software development company. I had an intern for a time, and I teach on the side, but I’ve never managed other designers. Finally, I’m getting the opportunity to assemble a small design group, and I’m going to be taking on management responsibilities. I know I’ll be getting the corporate training that all managers in my company receive, but I’m looking for information specifically about managing designers. And while I can certainly Google with the best of them (10 expert tips on how to manage designers!), I’m hoping for some great references from my people.

So, what have you got?


#2

Dan Saffer was kind enough to compile a list and was going to post them here, but the site thinks he’s a n00b and wouldn’t let him post multiple links. This is the list he sent to me:

http://www.npr.org/2013/11/11/230841224/lessons-in-leadership-its-not-about-you-its-about-them

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richkarlgaard/2013/10/09/taras-lesson-smart-leaders-copy/

http://boxesandarrows.com/so-you-think-you-want-to-be-a-manager/

http://boxesandarrows.com/your-boss-works-for-you/

Dan also recommends the book Managing Humans by Michael Lopp.