I have seen engineers discussing and solving problems over beers from London to Chelmsford. From Helsinki to Milan. From San Jose to Mountain View.
So that's why designs are so slow here these days, no beer.
The synergy of more than one makes for much faster solutions and beer helps take the mouth governor off the limit.
With just me in a team of one I have to listen to those voices in my head when I'm talking out loud to no one
Other times is is just sitting around with manager and client , throwing ideas and solution around until consensus.
Mostly agile type methods, but with cost and time the major considerations.
Time can quickly become cost when charging the client an hourly rate.
White boarding. Mostly for the manager and client's use.
Sometimes those designs stay up for years, but snaps get put in the files.
It helps to have a few decades of experience to know what will and won't work in the cost and time window allowed for the project.
RDP = Research, Design, Production.
Research is the hardest to put a time frame on, bites me every time.
Design is easy as I have lots of experience and rarely need to sketch things now, most are on the white board in the head.
Production is handled by a tech once prototype works and documented.
I'm dancing on Rainbows.
Raspberries are not Apples or Oranges