Our team recently started using Shape Up and things are generally going well, however, our design team has reported that they tend to be very busy at the beginning of a project (when they are actively whipping up deliverables in coordination with the engineering team) and the end of a project, (when they are reviewing all of the project scopes as they come together), but there is a noticeable lull in the middle of a project.
Whereas pre-Shape Up our design team would often be occupied with design work on features under consideration, Shape Up has eliminated that (often wasted) effort by only bringing in design when a project has been greenlit (i.e. bet on).
I now find myself assigning these underutilized designers small projects that could get picked up during a cool-down period (or never), which feels wrong.
So my question is, is our team “doing it wrong” WRT Shape Up? Or is this expected? And if it’s the latter, what is the best use of our design team’s time when they have extra capacity mid-cycle? Also, consider that there could be projects that don’t require design at all (e.g. API work).
Appreciate your feedback!