Onboarding designers for software development

Onboarding designers for software development

Recently, I read a post  ” I hate acronyms” (https://Lnkd.in/gAR9Wwk). Acronyms are very popular in the software development world. But the belief is “acronyms might speed up a single conversation buty they slow teams down and have really negative impact on new employees integrating into their teams and companies. They make us collectively dumber”. (JAffoneh)

That being said, acronyms are being used at work frequently. In the spirit of “Do what works”, we want to help new employees learn these acronyms faster. In our particular case, help our designers learn it faster.

According to Pearson Prentice Hall 65% of the population consists of visual learners. We believe that Most designers are visual learners. Therefore when onboarding designers to a highly technical project. It would be ideal if we can use visual aids rather then documents.

Visual aids do not have to be so complicated that are filled with diagrams and illustrations. It could be simply breaking down the content into a smaller chunk of information and present in a visually easy-read content. Here is a simple example.

Below is the top portion of a webpage which listed all the acronyms and concepts that an employee might come across at the job.

 

Webpage with a list

The list is rather long. The benefit of this comprehensive list page is that you can search for words. However, as a new employee starting the first week of work, you probably don’t know what to search for. And you probably don’t need to know ALL OF THEM. So we selected 25 most important words, and present them one on each card.

Webpage with a list

So far, we’be noticed that people will just pick a few cards. The deck of cards gives people the flexibility to pick those they are not familiar with or those they would like to keep. Of course, the original intention was to aid the process of onboarding new designers. Since then, we’ve noticed that many other people also picked up the cards. They are product managers, writers, and engineers. And they are not new employees either. We are happy to see that these small cards can be useful for many people.

Breaking information into smaller digestible chunk and present the information visually with high readabilities, and provide people a way to refresh what they’ve learned in the long term is what we’ve achieved here.