I wanted to get some insights into the structure of our UX Team. Currently we have 10 designers all working in an agile environment.
- UX Manager (on scrum team)
- UX Team Lead (on scrum team)
- 8 UX designers (all on different scrum teams)
Everyone reports into UX Manager ultimately. UX Team Lead takes 4 direct reports and UX Manager takes 4 direct reports.
My suggestion would be to definitely remove the UX Manager from a scrum team and have the focus of this role on aligning the vision of our product and effectively communicating it throughout the team. Also being a point of contact for the UX team within agile and ensuring collaboration amoung the team.
UX Team Lead will work on a scrum team but take some more responsibilities around the internal processes of the team. Assisting with collaboration and taking some of the direct report responsibilities.
We we're thinking if 8 designers report directly into the UX Manager most of the time would be taken up by 1 on 1, performance reviews etc So thought it would make sence to spit this responsibility somewhat. Although I see it as important that the UX Manager has direct contact with all of the UX team members.
The UX Manager will work with alot of the Product Owners on defining the strategy for the roadmap and how we might approach it from a UX point of view. He will also handle resourcing amoung the scrum teams ensuring they have adequate UX resourcing available for sprint work.
I wanted to see if anyone has a similar setup to this and if so, could they share some of their thoughts on maybe responsibilities of the roles of Team Lead and UX Manager?