We all know multidisciplinary collaboration leads to better results. For digital products, a strong design-development partnership boosts your team’s:

  1. Potential for innovation
  2. Commitment to user needs
  3. Product quality
  4. Overall efficiency
  5. Morale

But how do you get from awkward design critiques and endless email threads to true collaboration? At McGill, we bridged the work methods of two separate teams to create a strong design-dev workflow. Together, we’ve produced dozens of strategically important, high-quality projects and updates to our websites. I’ll share the mindset, groundwork, and ongoing tactical activities that make it work, including tips for:

  • Identifying a shared mission
  • Building compatible processes between traditional and agile teams
  • Managing stakeholder input and user data
  • Scaling up and creating a resilient process