Hot Tips is a constantly growing, curated collection of candid advice by and for product people.
Think of it as a precious piece of advice you wish you had received when you started building products. It’s a short snippet of wisdom that helps you do things differently.
Contributing a Hot Tip it the fastest way to reach 3,000+ makers from all over Europe. Your daily grind might be their ‘aha moment’!
1. Write your Tip following the guidelines below.👇
2. Submit the Tip through Typeform.
3. Wait patiently! The Tip will undergo some scrutiny by our Hot Tip Catcher, who will then decide whether to publish it (we may tweak the content for clarity).
4. Watch out! Every week we’ll pick the best Hot Tips and share them with the community in the JAM newsletter. Look out for yours! 👀
Your Tip can belong to one of the three categories.
📖 Be as open as you can: share insider knowledge, something people won’t have come across before. A Hot Tip reveals how you do things.
🎨 Show, don’t (just) tell: talking about your roadmapping process? How about including a screenshot of the tool you use? There’s nothing better than seeing your ‘behind-the-scenes’.
💌 Keep it short and personal: aim for 200 words max, and word it like you’re helping a friend out.
🔧 Share tools: offer readers an opportunity to explore the topic. Link to at least one helpful ebook or article that helped you in the past.
Do you consider your company design led? Design is at the centre of every experience we create. So how do you ensure your design team has a path to improve, up-skill and deliver even more value?
Every designer wants to feel like their work has impact and that they are growing and learning. But even now, only a minority of design leaders have set out a clear path for those in their teams to grow. To remedy this, a progression framework is key.
What is a progression framework?
A progression framework (or ‘competency matrix’, ‘career ladder’) is an internal document created to help employees understand the expectations of their roles, and how to progress and grow at work.
They attempt to answer common progression questions, including:
Not having a progression framework in place leads to frustration, apathy and talented designers leaving the company – while leaders are putting off implementing a framework, their designers are being approached and poached by others.
The problem is, these frameworks are hard to write, and harder still to use effectively in assessing and setting goals for a team. A good framework (a) goes into a level of granularity that leaves no ambiguity around expectations, (b) is flexible as a team grows and (c) allows for regular goal-setting and measurable growth over time, for everyone. This takes hours of manager and team time.
Luckily some teams have open-sourced their frameworks. Several of them are on progression.fyi, providing valuable guidance and even a template.
Jonny Burch, helping designers build great careers at Make and Grow, previously design lead at Deliveroo