I was playing around with this fairly stream-of-consciousness kind of diagram to get a clearer picture of how the different types of research and deliverables you do as an IA feed into the process and the team.
The diagram definitely needs work, but I’d like to know how it compares to your practical experience as an IA. I’m not trying to define the perfect process here, just trying to clarify how things work in the messy real world. So if you have comments on how you work in a team, what deliverables and research and processes you find useful / not useful, go ahead!
I haven’t found a good way of showing the iterations and feedback between all the different research and team members yet. The two darker bits are the two main documents for signoff. (Visual design gets signed off as well)
It’s a bit big and messy, but look at it this way, at least it’s not a Venn diagram ;)