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Extreme Design
The Secrets to Successful Design Pairing

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Samuel Mikel Bowles
Software Designer

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http://paulralph.name/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Ralph-and-Wand-A-Proposal-for-a-Formal-Definition-of-the-Design-Concept.pdf

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Functional

Cross-functional
Balanced Pairing

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Why Pair

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Universal
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More Discipline Resilient flow Less Interruptions Mentoring Better product Collective ownership Team cohesion Improved Morale

Design
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Removes Bias Ensure rationality Articulation Catalog Decisions

Balanced
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Accessibility Holistic Solutions Load Balancing Improved Morale More Team Value Increases Bus #

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THE CHALLENGE
“I don’t think this change will take place before the end of the century. We will have to su er rst from the lack of foresight of our fathers and forefathers. After that, something radically di erent can come, but it won’t come on its own: it has to be prepared.”
— Robert Jungk on Participatory Design Closing Comments Design Participation, 1972

http://www.maketools.com/articles-papers/CoCreation_Sanders_Stappers_08_preprint.pdf

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Heros:
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Work for awards Seek control Love Walls Have an expert-mindset Worship Originality Work Alone Reveal work when its “ready”

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Communication
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Talk about pairing Allow time for self-correcting Pass the keyboard Use standards Practice active listening Talk a lot

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Con ict
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Bring in a 3rd party Card it and shelve it Take 10 Drive for Five

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Pair Partner Picking Principles
Strategic Cross-functional Collaboration User/Product Owner/Client Tactical Functional Pairing Designer/Coder

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Pair Partner Picking Principles
Visual Cross-functional Technical Functional

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Strategy
Cross-functional, Collaborative, User / PO / Client
Workflow Wireframes Moodboards Storymap Biz Obj

Cross-functional
Visual Design Style Guide Unit Tests Front End Code

Visual

Technical
Functional

Functional, Pairing, Design / Coder

Tactical

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ank You!
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