This week in the ux-clinic discussion forum:
I’m a lead designer (manage team of 5 usability and design folks) who was told last week to merge with another UX team. I’ll be the overall manager, but I’ve never managed a group this large. My team services about 10 projects across the company, and we’re a centralized and self-contained org.
I see 3 options:
1) Keep the org flat for awhile. Until I see a path, stay with one manager (me) and 10+ reports.
2) Split into a design team and a usability team. I’d be the uber UX manager, with one design lead and one usability lead.
3) Cross-discipline. I’d mix roles on both teams, with two UX leads, and some designers and usability engineers reporting to each of them.