The most important aspect is trust and respect for each other's role.
This increases empathy and expands understanding of work tradeoffs and opportunities. The best PMs I have worked with as a designer have had some level of design ability.
Good designers want to create beauty in the world, but sometimes things just need to be shipped. Great designers know the difference.
Try not to force a predefined process onto the relationship. Each individual and context is different. A natural process will emerge once trust is established and there is mutual respect for eachother's role. The soft skills really do matter.... See more
Show the design process and how it connects with other roles. Share user interview insights, personas, journey maps, and wireframes. This will give a glimpse of how design functions within the company.
It depends on the stage of the process and what you intend to accomplish. In general, prepare material beforehand including, customer feedback, a competitive audit, company values, and existing brand artifacts. Work with leaders from different parts of the company, especially marketing, product, design, as well as the CEO to define the attributes you think the brand should convey.
Present the common reoccurring positive attributes customers use to define their experience. Your brand should magnify these virtues. Ideally, you have a list of feedback to draw from. If not, set up some customer calls or surveys to solicit feedback.... See more
How do other related companies or products position themselves? How is your offering different? Preparing a competitive audit that showcases visual style and voice and tone will help guide the discussion.
Brand is the communication of values and associated feelings. What are your internal company values? What is your mission and vision for the future? These artifacts will help form a foundation for discussing brand.
Present a brand audit. How does your company or product currently present itself? What feels right and wrong?
Ask each participant to describe the feelings, associations, and values they think the company or product conveys. Write each attribute or value proposition down and categorize it. If greater formality or structure is needed, employ a card sorting exercise where participants choose from a set of fixed attributes or allow them to write it down and categorize common patterns.... See more