Hi fellow designers,
I’m in a very tough situation and want your advice.
Currently, I’m working in a small startup (12 people) doing complex, b2b workflows. Things move quickly here and I find enough UI/UX work to indulge myself.
However, 7 to 8 months into my job, I’m hitting a wall. You see our developer is a very stubborn guy (low in agreeableness in Big5 traits). So every time I ship off a design, it get modifies in ways that do not meet my initial design goals.
As a very agreeable person, my tendency is to shirk off the changes and move on to the next thing. Although I have confronted him a few times, every time it ends up in a nonsense argument.
This prevents me from creating better designs since there is no easy way to discuss problems.
I’m well aware that this developer is not only confrontational, but also sees “being right” as extremely important (whereas my value is excellence).
To make matters worse, this developer happens to be the CTO & co-founder of the company, which means he built up the whole platform from scratch. It’s very hard for me to change his mind.
I really want to be constructive here.
To further my UX skills and bring the best UX practices into my team, I really want to use usability testing as a tool to resolve our conflicts.
Do you think it’s reasonable for me to talk to the CEO about this, request a budget for usability testing and plan a better way to cooperate with my CTO?
Have you been in a similar situation? What would you do?