Multidisciplinary approaches to design open us to the ability to look at old problems through new perspectives. Bringing different expertise to the table, we can approach problems holistically, viewing every possible path to a great solution, better outcomes and impactful change.
If you’re new to working in multidisciplinary teams, it can be challenging to get used to. Drawing from my own experiences, and the experiences of my colleagues at FutureGov, I’d like to share some tips to help you do this well.
1. Spend time building relationships
Get to know the value of what each practice brings to the table, to develop shared goals and successes. This is critical to all teams, whether using design or not. In our work with Camden Council, bringing together an ecosystem of employment services, we started by asking everyone to list their strengths on a board. We all had an opportunity to share our expertise and be honest about limitations and the value we hoped to receive from others.