Here’s a question: What exactly does your boss do?
At Lemonly, we know because we promote transparency. We devise our infographic workflow together, mapping out the specific tasks of designers, developers, project managers, our office coordinator and business development director. Every six months, we review that process and perfect it further.
Our weekly standup meeting reinforces what the team is accomplishing. Our boss John Meyer and coworker Ryan Budmayr update us on business development, for example. At a glance, we can check a list of our current projects, which track the number of hours we spend on them.
So why is transparency important? Because it helps to defeat miscommunication.
When we traveled to western South Dakota last fall for our company retreat, one big takeaway from a team-building discussion was that we wanted to know even more. As developers, we sought to learn more about how designers work and think, because knowing their process, we can more efficiently communicate when developing their designs.
Similarly, when designers know more about development — what’s easy to code and what takes more time — their process is informed. Their work is better because they know how it will be replicated online.
Since our retreat, we’ve enjoyed sharing knowledge among designers and developers, project managers and multimedia producers through cross-pollination talks. Our senior developer, Josh Broton, and I, the junior developer, demonstrated our process by building a site.
While the terms and explanations are geared toward the Lemonly team, making them not as accessible to everyone, we wanted to share that site with you. Roll your chair up to our computer, and check out How Lemonly Developers Work here: