By Roxane KANDELL
Project conceptor at ISSADESIGN
Today is Monday, the day my colleagues and I start the week by dividing the goals for the coming week, according to the projects assigned to us. Often, a meeting between all of us takes place around the conference table and continues at our respective project tables between members of small teams.
It is to better determine the evidence at each stage of a design project that we work with an interval of face-to-face dialogues with our colleagues. The methods drawn from the iterative production cycle as proposed by the agile philosophy date back to the 1930s and 40s and were popularized in early 2000. Here at the office, the agile approach allows us to increase our efficiency, create cohesion, build empathy and trust between colleagues and that of our customers. Staying attentive to the needs and demands of our customers constantly allows us to be in solution mode on a daily basis.
THE CENTER OF GRAVITY IS NO LONGER THE PROJECT IN ITSELF, BUT GOOD AND GOOD THE PRODUCT (THE RESULT). THE GOAL IS NO LONGER TO CARRY OUT THE PROJECT, BUT TO GIVE BIRTH TO A FINISHED PRODUCT (THE RESULT), PERFECTLY MATCHING THE CUSTOMER'S NEED.
The environment impacts the way we work, which is why the layout proposed to our clients during corporate projects must reflect their way of working. Upstream, it is good to understand that agile work does not apply to all companies. It is a working method that is intuitive and therefore should not be forced.
Give priority to individuals and their interactions;
Favor operational software;
Favor collaboration with customers;
Favor adaptation to change;
These are the four core values of the Agile manifesto used by the ISSADESIGN team to influence the design of the workspace for Substance Digital Strategies employees. Unconsciously and with hindsight, we realized that the general principles of agile culture had already been introduced through ours. Here is how we translated this approach for our client.
THE HIGHEST PRIORITY IS TO SATISFY THE CUSTOMER BY QUICKLY AND
REGULARLY DELIVERING HIGH VALUE ADDED FEATURES.
To do this, we designed an informal meeting area furnished with armchairs, sofa and stool to make customers comfortable. Sketches of current projects, inspirational images and photos of realization can be suspended from the custom hanging systems in order to transmit the information in the most simple and user-friendly way. This principle has made them more confident and makes it easier to reach the objectives set between them and the marketing strategy agency.
PROVIDE THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUPPORT THAT STAKEHOLDERS
NEED THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.
The agile movement invites the most motivated stakeholders to come together on the same project. At Substance Digital Strategies, these people can come together in the brainstorm space. Interactions between individuals are spontaneous thanks to the removable furniture provided for this purpose. The glazed room in the customer area offers a set of colorful benches and a table on wheels, inspiring the team to stay excited when creating a new project as if it were a game. Wall storage clad in writable doors offers all the equipment necessary for the good performance of the team and the possibility of quickly writing down their ideas during stimulating brainstorms.
OPERATIONAL SOFTWARE IS THE MAIN PROGRESS MEASURE
Staying focused while using software has been an important issue in our design of space. We had to create a comfortable space where we could isolate ourselves without distraction. The solution was obvious to us to design cabins whose subdued aesthetics and sober colors excluded any derivative towards the work to be done.
DESIGN IS SUBJECT TO BE RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE.
In conclusion, the design of an agile space should not influence the way we work, but vice versa. According to the agile philosophy, it is our interventions in space that guide the development that surround us. As a result, our gestures become more instinctive and the space is modified or transformed according to our action. The agile method is the way we manage a project ... Here at ISSADESIGN, this philosophy is a way of life.