Front-end Developer at IBM
On the surface level, my role is front-end web development. I'm also interested in design, business, engineering, etc.
Arrogant people tend to be bad at listening. It's the arrogant people who know how to give and take and understand to be respectful are some of the best people to work with. It's not the arrogance that you should avoid, but the disrespect.
To a lot of arrogant people, respect is earned, not freely given. Learn to stand firm and defend your self-respect, and most arrogant people will respect that.
Working with people you're not used to is a good learning experience. With risk, there's reward. You get to understand your limits and where you draw the line, and this will be something to carry with you for a lifetime.
Look for people you can gel with, but if life gives you lemons, make the best of them.
It's a gradual war, not an overnight battle. Gain credibility by continuing good work.
Initially, you're likely not going to do good design work, but that's okay. Instead, focus on bonding with the other teams and care about their problems. Winning their respect is the main objective here.
Don't set your expectations high, or you're just going to get frustrated. Don't stress out about things out of your control, just keep calm and keep doing good work.
Gaining trust and confidence of others in your team will happen over time. Once you have enough trust and credibility, you can get more resources to drive better design outcomes.
Don't spam design thinking workshops. Don't try to justify the importance of good design ALL the time. Don't believe that design is the most important thing in the company. Understand where you are in the ocean of things.
Be resourceful with your network.
Learning more about the customer is not always ideal, but it's a good starting place. Developing a good relationship with salespeople or product managers who talk with customers will help you a lot.
You can learn a lot from your competitor by seeing how they're doing and what makes them successful or not successful. You can even try to user test their products and deconstruct what works well for them and not.
This may be hard to do if too many people in the company already know too much or if the user you're targeting is too domain-specific.
Again, this is a networking thing.
If you're in a bigger company, chances are other teams have already done research relevant to your project.
Communication is expensive. Use latest good collaboration tools.
Make sure every meeting has a clear objective and is well-prepared. Learn how to be efficient with meetings and keep them lean. Make sure there is absolutely zero ambiguity.
New tools come and go all the time. Find a tool that works for the whole team. Any tool that can save you from big meetings is nice. i.e. Slack in a lot of ways actually makes online communication better than in-person communication, because you can handle multiple threads of discussions, craft clear responses, and avoid potential meetings. Other collaboration tools my team has benefited greatly from are Zoom, Screenhero, Github, Zeplin, Invision, Box, and such.... See more
Plan and coordinate asynchronous work with remote team in a way.
Ideally get to know the people you work with in person. This will make future remote collaboration much easier.
It's easy to jump to negative conclusions about remote people. Ideally, you want to treat remote people like you're messaging Facebook friends.