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

  • Potential for innovation
  • Commitment to user needs
  • Product quality
  • Overall efficiency
  • 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
  • Scaling up and creating a redundant, resilient process