Working together with others toward a common desired outcome and shared goal is an important part of the inclusive design process. We all bring our unique experiences, skills and talents to the table, and as a result, working collaboratively ensures more diverse perspectives and therefore a more inclusive design process.
By working with others rather than in isolation we learn from one another; we share the responsibility for an outcome, and in doing so we learn to trust one another and rely on each other’s expertise.
Learning to work collaboratively requires an adjustment in the way that we approach our work. Gathering and incorporating ideas from a diverse group often takes more time and patience. Questions of ownership or credit sometimes arise. However, these challenges are far outweighed by the benefits, as the rich and diverse perspectives gained by working collaboratively ultimately enhance the work.
Ways you can collaborate
- pair up with a co-worker to brainstorm, sketch or code
- try to find different perspectives by including participants from different disciplines within your organisation - exchange your ideas and projects with them on regular basis to get their feedback.
- wherever possible, try to collaborate with clients, end-users and/or other stakeholders who are affected by your design and development process
- find an open-source community where you can ask questions and/or contribute
- present your work at design crits or group discussions on a regular basis
- keep track of meeting notes, sketches and research in a wiki or other open repository
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