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Kyle Bollinger (@WhoaKB) and Kristin Burkhart are the in-house design team for PureChat, an software tool enabling websites to offer chat-based support. Dividing their duties between product and marketing, Kyle and Kristin have developed a workflow that allows them to work swiftly and efficiently, while still experimenting with new industry practices.

In this conversation, we discuss company culture for a small SAAS startup, how the designer collaborate with internal stakeholders, and some unravel technical challenges around versioning and fast iteration.

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Show Notes & Links Tools Techniques
  • Continuous gather user insight, even if it's only images or screenshot review
  • Find a "theme" with each release or feature-set
  • Get quick feedback from your teammates; no need for formal gatherings
  • Work off the same agile board as your dev team
  • Screenshare with your remote teammates
  • Use InVision to create Brand Guidelines
  • Try to answer the questions "Who do I talk to ..." before they arise
  • Keep your micro-iterations in a document; use a version-style naming system, eg. screen1a-kyle-001
Habits
  • Prank your officemates
  • Continually monitor the site (heatmaps, split testing)
  • Wake up early, get into the office and be creative
  • Join office workouts and activities
  • Share resources and findings with teammates
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