Library talk

Spar your content like a boxer

Design sparring is the most powerful tool a content designer has for shipping quality work. But getting stakeholders in one place is tricky, and what you do when you’re there even more so. Sparring can definitely increase your heart rate—so let’s figure out how to make sure your heart races from excitement, not fear.

The best sparring sessions are the ones with the highest stakes, which can make for a nervous moderator. With good rules in place, and a solid foundation of trustworthy values, sparring will help ship large pieces of complex work. This talk gives you the formula for running a great sparring session.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn what design sparring is, and what it’s for.
  • Understand how to use artifacts that come from a sparring session to inform your work.
  • Hear some stories about some high-stake sparring sessions to understand what went right, and in some cases what went wrong.
John Paz
John Paz

Training Technical Writer, Menlo Security

Spar your content like a boxer

Design sparring is the most powerful tool a content designer has for shipping quality work. But getting stakeholders in one place is tricky, and what you do when you’re there even more so. Sparring can definitely increase your heart rate—so let’s figure out how to make sure your heart races from excitement, not fear.

The best sparring sessions are the ones with the highest stakes, which can make for a nervous moderator. With good rules in place, and a solid foundation of trustworthy values, sparring will help ship large pieces of complex work. This talk gives you the formula for running a great sparring session.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn what design sparring is, and what it’s for.
  • Understand how to use artifacts that come from a sparring session to inform your work.
  • Hear some stories about some high-stake sparring sessions to understand what went right, and in some cases what went wrong.
John Paz
John Paz

Training Technical Writer, Menlo Security

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