Integrating Design System — From Chaos to Order
Design has become more important for companies than ever before.
Organizations are looking for specialists who can deliver the right quality in the shortest possible time. However, the design doesn’t scale effortlessly, and a lack of standards and boundaries may lead to irreversible chaos in a longer perspective.
When the number of design components grows but the design team is unaligned, the growing inconsistency may have detrimental consequences. Most top-quality design teams have decided to introduce a design system as a standard for their projects.
The journey from Chaos to Order
“A good system shortens the road to the goal.”
– Orison Swett Marden
Identifying Chaos patterns
It’s important to identify or look for the patterns in the organization and how that is the best way to make things better. If the organization is in disarray, people will appreciate and support identifying the patterns leading to chaos.
According to “The Iceberg of Ignorance,” team managers only see 9% of problems! As a DesignOps Manager, you don’t want to make decisions in a chaotic organization while missing 91% of the problems to be addressed. Thus, meeting as many staff-level engineers as possible is essential to have the richest dataset to move forward.
Once you’ve met with the folks who are closest to the information, there should be a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Now is the time to set expectations for the teams. Start with asking questions about what they spend their time on, what they’d like to be doing, and what is one thing we could change to make things better. This survey demonstrates that the goal is not to blame but to improve the system.
By applying regular, consistent communication, we can ensure a high degree of alignment between all the teams in the organization. This minimizes duplication of work, makes roles and responsibilities clear, and allows each value stream to execute well on its specific area of responsibility.
If you have more than a hundred people working on the product, you might see that everyone works differently, making the company less dynamic. Operations teams are becoming more popular today. As a result, you might already know about DevOps, DesignOps, BusinessOps, etc.
Big companies understood that having more people would not bring more value to the customers. Just having more managers is not enough. We need to leverage automation technologies and tools to have more precise and efficient workflows. Bringing new practices to the company could help to amplify the value and impact at scale.
Let’s understand the design competency with the example of a large organization. We don’t know how many designers work on organizations like Facebook, but we need to collaborate seamlessly with the larger team. Is the development team satisfied with the deliverables? Are the project managers know the availability of the design teams and can plan the work? Can other designers on the crew find all research reports from the last time? How does the business work with designers? Is there a design library and integration with the development library in the company that we can call a design system? For all of these problems, DesignOps best practices can help.
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