Sometimes you forgo the data, and make a gut call due to the nature of the problem and the macro goal you’d like to reach. And believe me, though it sounds like a ludicrous situation, time-sensitive problems crop up all the time in product development!
You are part of a professional community, and the way you do your job and handle yourself professionally affects everyone in that community. Just as a rising tide affects all boats, taking a shit in the pool affects all swimmers…If a designer leaves a job because they were being asked to behave against their ethical code, and you take that job, you’re doing all of us a disservice.
In the end of the day, we are all humans. We love the work we do, but we also want to make sure we like and respect the people we work with. We are spending several hours of our day with one another — sometimes more time than we’re spending with our family and friends. Building an environment where people feel comfortable, and a workspace people look forward to every morning will not only improve your team productivity, but the quality of the time you all spend together.
Recently, I’ve been drafting a Project Communications Framework that will guide the design team in handling design projects—from alignments to presenting our works. Committing to a timeframe is one important aspect and here’s a visualization of it.