How can designers and product managers work effectively together?

The most important aspect is trust and respect for each other's role.

3 action items

  • 1. Designers and product managers should take time to learn 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.

  • 2. Understand tradeoffs and opportunity cost

    Good designers want to create beauty in the world, but sometimes things just need to be shipped. Great designers know the difference.

  • 3. Let a natural process emerge

    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.

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