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When a new feature is designed and stories are written good product teams spend time during their planning meetings discussing the goals of the feature and the value it adds to users. The product manager should frame the acceptance criteria for stories in a way that ensures that the value is met and developers should gauge complexity in terms of meeting the acceptance criteria. What often happens, however, is that the communication between development and design starts in this planning meeting then stops until a design review takes place. …


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When the topic of a design system was first brought up at my organization many of the senior stakeholders saw little value in dedicating full-time resources to the effort. In fact, prior to standing up my team a previous effort to create a design system had failed, largely because of the aforementioned lack of resources. That system’s designer and developers were still attached to other projects, ones that brought measurable value to the company, and accordingly could only dedicate a limited amount of time to maintaining the system. As the old system became more robust and more neglected it became…

Lee Bierman

Lee is the Design System Lead at Kessel Run, the Air Force’s leading software innovation center. Opinions shared by Lee are his own. Visit leedoesdesign.com.

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