There is a lot of conversation about working collaboratively on this
board. Mostly regarding results and software to facilitate. I have
identified four basic structures for group work that I am intimately
familiar with. I am curious what people are participating in, and if
there are other derivations?
A) Group think
Multiple people in a group. Disciplines might vary. The group marches
forward in lock step... while there may be diverse opinions, the
group makes democratic decisions. This is essentially 6 people
working as one.
B) Group Input
This is primarily one lead designer, with a regular cast of others
that provide constant or frequent feedback and ideas. The decision
process, however, is centralized as the lead has final say and
C) Diverse team
This group has distinct roles that are not duplicated such as... IA,
UX, Visual, Product, Project, Engineering, Dev... The decisions of
general direction are made as a group, specific decisions are made by
the designated expert.
This is really group work in name only. Each individual does their
specific job in sequence following the lead of either product or
Just curious... what do you participate in? What would you prefer?
What is been most successful in your experience? And are there other
PS - I realize this is rather simplistic... but this venue kind of
screams for contrast of ideas.