Chapter 3

Collaboration Life Cycle

A collaboration life cycle maps the activities of designers to those of the developers in each phase of a typical product development process. The cycle starts with requirements analysis, during which designers should work to establish a shared understanding of the requirements, collaborate to identify technical challenges and potential technologies, and prioritize their work against developer swim lanes. The design phase of a project sees more than just the designers doing design. Software engineers have their own design tasks that designers should support and keep abreast of. Part and parcel to this is the design of design documentation, which should be tailored to the people intended to use it. Implementation ...

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