I manage a team of UX designers at a product company that builds multiple products. Recently we have moved to a structure of “Product Factories” (terrible name I know.) Essentially there are teams built around a group of similar products. My original plan for my designers was having the ability to move them in and out of the “factories” at cadence to be determined (I was thinking 3-4 months, or possible on releases). Management feels that its better to keep one designer focused on one set of products and never move them. I see the benefit of this to a certain degree, but it also has its flaws.
- Because I don’t have any overflow, if one designer goes out it creates a single point of failure.
- I feel this approach stifles designers. Working on one thing for a long time can get really stale.
- Having the ability to move designers around makes them more well-rounded and gives them to opportunity to learn new things.
Curious what others thoughts are on this?