Driving design for Microsoft Lists product on mobile devices
Role & impact
Managed the design team that builds Microsoft Lists for iOS and Android
Worked with Leadership and Product Management to define product vision and strategy
Collaborated with Research, PM, and engineering to drive the product roadmap and ongoing development
Partnered with cross-functional teams such as Marketing, Content, Art Directors, etc. to contribute to
the product charter
Defined and delivered the end-to-end UX for a new 1.0 mobile solution, which was launched in Jan 2021
Work at Microsoft
At Microsoft, I managed a team of designers that focussed on building
file experiences in Microsoft Teams, consumer & enterprise versions of Microsoft Lists, and features for the Microsoft 365 suite.
My work involved defining the product UX and strategy by working in close partnership with Leadership, Product Management, and Research teams. As a Manager, I was accountable to deliver high-quality products and building a culture of design excellence & better craft.
During my earlier years, I worked on OneDrive for Windows and mobile devices, and modernized the SharePoint Metadata
Admin Center (part of Microsoft Syntex), besides several features for Microsoft 365. A lot of this was foundational work for my team in India.
Beyond my product work, I led the Design Internship program for the Design Studio and several key University Recruitment initiatives, that had a direct impact on our culture and growth at Microsoft India.
Lists is a smart information tracking app, that can be moulded into anything from a simple to do list
to a complex inventory management system. In early 2020, we initiated work on the mobile app, which
had a public release in Jan 2021.
As the Design Manager on the mobile app, I
collaborate with PM, Engineering, and partners across our Hyderabad (India) and Redmond (USA) teams to
define and drive the product strategy and development
At the beginning of the design process,
I contributed to coming up with the initial pitch and the
north star vision for the product experience. I, later, followed a research-first approach to chart the MVP and
the release plan.
Microsoft Lists (erstwhile SharePoint Lists) is an established and heavily-used product on the web, with one of
its earliest versions
With a strong community and ecosystem, users have even built custom solutions based on the Lists framework.
the existing solution within the SharePoint mobile app was limited, and over time a
need to address several new scenarios appeared.
We realized that a mobile-first solution with a simplified approach to
information management will be the answer. The team, hence, set out to build a mobile app from the ground up,
which gave us an open
canvas to define the
core experience and interactions of the product.