The Lean Design System

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time to create that Design System you would love to have? That’s a shame because Design Systems are very useful. However, making a Design System when you are working scrum can be a challenge. During this meetup Effectory and Angi Studio shared how we created their ‘Lean’ Design Systems.

Talk 1: Design System for an employee journey portal @Effectory

Martijn and Sander are the two product designers from our host Effectory. They will share their story of setting up a design system for an employee journey portal. With only two designers for 3 dev teams there’s a strong need for the design system to speed things up and not slow them down. They will share their best practices and their struggles.

Martijn van der Wardt is an experienced Digital Product Designer with a passion for wood. Sander van Mourik is a product designer with many years of product ownership under his belt.

Talk 2: The Lean Design System of Greenchoice

Patrick and Anna will walk us through how they created a Design System ‘on the fly’ for Greenchoice, the most sustainable energy supplier of The Netherlands. They will share:

  • How it all began and how they convinced stakeholders that they needed a Design System;
  • Which steps they took to create a lean Design System;
  • Who was involved at each step;
  • What the Greenchoice Design System looks like and how it grows;
  • How the System is integrated into the production environment;
  • How Greenchoice combined building the Design System with other ‘scrum’ work.

Anna Botsvine has 18 years of experience as a product designer and is a founder of the Angi Studio, a design agency in The Hague.

Design System Tools

1. Design System Checklist

This tool will help you and your team decide what is relevant to include in your (lean) Design System. What do you really need as a team? What could you start with? Our checklist can help you get more focus and decide what to include in your pilot.

Design System Checklist is part of our Design System Take Off, in which we help you kickstart your Design System.

2. Process puzzle

Design Systems are 80% people and how we work together. Want to get started with improving your governance and process? Our Design System Proces Puzzle could help you with the first steps.

3. Design System Buy-in🕺

You don’t build a Design System by yourself, you to convince others. To help you with this we created a ‘convince your boss’ slidedeck. You’ll find slides about:

  • what a design system is
  • why it’s necessary for your organization
  • how you make yours a success

Supported with relevant learnings from the Dutch market.

State of Design System in Netherlands, 2018

Last but not least. Curious how other organisations in the Nederlands build and maintain their Design Systems? Check out our research State of Design Systems in Nederlands, 2018.

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