What Community of Practice (CoP) are you part of and what do you do?
I am part of the Design CoP. Design is at the heart of every project and it’s our responsibility to ensure we strike the right balance between business needs and user needs. We work closely with the whole project team and client in a cross-functional and agile environment. Ensuring the ﬁnal product has the right look and feel and most importantly that it works well for our users is our primary focus.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day will always begin with a ceremony called stand-up - a chance for the whole team to track progress and review daily priorities. We own sections of work and spend the rest of the day working closely and quickly on different aspects of the project. Where possible we work onsite with our clients half of the week and at Kin + Carta Create HQ for the rest of the week. Wherever we’re based, we sit within our project teams. This is extremely beneﬁcial, to ensure that there is a consistent and seamless iterative process between research, design, build and test. On Fridays, we have a weekly CoP session where all the designers get together and share work, learn new skills, discuss relevant news and do an activity or workshop to spark more creativity.
Why do you love working here?
As a younger member of the team, it’s great that you get to pair up with talented peers and work closely with such experienced people. Aside from on-the-job learning, everyone is encouraged to use their dedicated learning budget to enhance their craft skills and personal development. The learning budget can be used on courses, books, formal training and more. We use our weekly CoP sessions to share our new learnings so that everyone can beneﬁt. Additionally, due to the nature of being a full-service tech company, you get to work with lots of different teams, clients and industries. As you work with the client so closely, they become part of the team and you get an insight into the internal processes of a whole host of different companies including their ways of working too.