The Great Divide

Jack Shedd on Big Contrarian wrote a very thoughtful piece on multiple groups working together on a product:

The idea of design divorced from engineering is laudable, but the way it so often plays out makes it implausible. Yes, in theory, the design team should come up with a perfect solution and the engineering team should be smart enough to figure out how to pull it off and neither should ever have to talk to each other.

While I am not in agreement with his statement about:

Engineers reminding designers that the supply of time and money being finite, choices have to be made. The two together defining more perfect solutions that ship, and work not just correctly but elegantly.

Using design could just as well be the measure of saving money since that is the essence of making sure beforehand that you are making the correct product which should work as expected. Via Cameron Moll.

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