Things we learned along the way
We tweaked the process over time to better suit our needs. Here are some of the questions we faced:
When should the design review happen?
There is no clear-cut answer to when a design review should take place. UI changes tend to be more nuanced, so we decided to have the design review after the code review. An implemented design might change because a code review, so a design review would be necessary at that point.
How is the design review conducted?
Not all design reviews are equal. They can be done with screenshots, videos, Zoom, or even a staging environment that’s an identical replica of your product. The choice will depend on the scope and complexity of what’s being worked on.
How long should a design review take?
Design reviews shouldn’t take long at all—the goal is to be brief and effective. As a rule of thumb, tickets shouldn’t move to the “Design review” column more than twice. If a ticket is reviewed a third time, set up a short meeting to make any needed changes.