Following a successful design sprint, I've had time to reflect on my role as team lead. I had to really understand our individual strengths to ensure optimal productivity and progress.
I was able to realize that the difference between a good leader and a great leader is not only judged by organizing the team and delegating tasks, but how they uplift the voices of each team member and really hone in on the variety of skill sets within the group.
Given the three-week time constraint on our sprint, we didn't dive deep enough into usability testing and feedback from users.
Prioritizing more time for user testing sessions is something I would implement next time.
Overall, my team was able to create a complete product that met user's needs reflected in the interviews conducted early on and it really showed the value of research.
Throughout the sprint, we were able to validate and improve on our decisions based on the initial research gathered but also research conducted throughout. It really showed us that the design process is not linear but an iterative and cyclical process.
Having the opportunity to design a new product without any foundation or specific prompt highlighted the creativity and intelligence of our team.
Through BRIDGEGOOD, I learned what it means to design with community in mind.