Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their proposal to speak at the very first Advancing Research conference!
In my book Why We Fail I included a case study of BMW’s iDrive in-car software (here’s a condensed version published by Fast Company). I’ve been following the progress of iDrive over the years. My working theory was that iDrive undoubtably hurt sales, but BMW’s cars are successful in so many other ways they still sell, and as long as they can gradually improve iDrive over time then the customer suffering will eventually subside.
How software made me loathe my luxury car by Mikkel Høgh is a sobering update that makes me think the software ecosystem for iDrive owners has only become worse. I sometimes travel for work and have the opportunity to rent and try in-car software from many manufacturers, and I’ve come to the same conclusion as Mikkel: CarPlay is wonderful. I plug in my phone and it just works. The car I own, a Mazda, is well-designed with fine if not great in-car software; CarPlay is the single thing I wish it had.
So perhaps iDrive’s gradual improvement has been too gradual, and CarPlay is poised to subsume the in-car software market?
In this episode of the Rosenfeld Review, Lou and Angelos Arnis, Producer of the Joint Futures Conference in Helsinki, Finland (September 2-5, 2019), discuss the evolving landscape of design professionals’ needs, and how the Joint Futures Conference has changed to suit them. Rosenfeld Media is pleased to partner with Joint Futures this year to offer four full-day workshops on September 5, 2019.
According to our user research, you want a conference program that offers practical information (tools, techniques, and take-aways that you can bring back to the office), and you’re motivated by these three themes:
- Proving Value, Measuring Outcomes
- Partnering Outside Design
- Change Management
The DesignOps Summit’s two-day main program (October 23-24) is designed with those needs in mind. And our six day-long workshops (October 25) delve even more deeply into the topics you’ll need to develop modern Design and Research Operations.
—Dave Malouf, Kristin Skinner, Abby Covert, & Lou Rosenfeld (program chairs)
Looking for an opportunity for deep design learning? We’re offering six transformational day-long workshops at the DesignOps Summit in New York City on October 25.
- Creating Career Ladders for DesignOps with Brennan Hartich and Amanda Weisfeld
- ResearchOps 101: How to Get ResearchOps Off the Ground with Kate Towsey
- Understand and Change Your Work Culture Through Meetings with Kevin M. Hoffman
- Operating Design Systems: Curating a Product, Serving Products with Nathan Curtis
- Design Your Design Organization with Peter Merholz and Kristin Skinner
- Design Operations and Program Management with Jacqui Frey
We’re offering three scholarships to deserving designers, researchers, and students to attend the upcoming DesignOps Summit 2019 in New York City, October 23-24.
Design professionals from underserved groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please answer these questions before midnight ET, July 25 to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2019 DesignOps Summit. Your response won’t be shared with anyone aside from our judges and Rosenfeld Media staff.
—Lou Rosenfeld and the DesignOps Summit 2019 team
Note: We will reimburse expenses up to $700USD for those traveling from outside NYC or $1200USD internationally.
Purchase your ticket to the third DesignOps Summit before July 9 to take advantage of the best price we’ll offer—Save up to $650.
DesignOps Summit is the first conference dedicated to showing design leaders how to create design capacity that keeps pace with change. Our first conference (November 2017 in New York City) sold out. In 2018, we returned to New York for another sold out event. View the program from last year’s conference here. Visit our YouTube channel for recordings of all presentations.
The third DesignOps Summit will take place in Brooklyn, October 23-25—typically lovely, crisp fall days in New York City. We’ll convene for the main conference (October 23-24) at the brand new auditorium in CityTech’s New Academic Complex in Downtown Brooklyn. The conference venue is accessible to Manhattan via subway or taxi, and walkable from the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge. The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge—a five-minute walk from the conference venue—is the official DesignOps Summit Hotel. We’ve arranged a discounted rate for a limited number of guest rooms (first come, first served). We’ve also arranged for a block of rooms at the nearby Sheraton Brooklyn, also at a discounted rate. Book by September 30, 2019.
A variety of sponsors will host our day-long workshops in various New York locations on October 25. Interested in being a host sponsor? We’d love to talk.
HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE DESIGNOPS SUMMIT
Presentation recordings are available on YouTube, speaker decks are now all posted to Slideshare, MJ Broadbent’s lovely-as-always sketch notes, and tripnotes by Stephen Wolf are now all available from the conference program page.
DesignOps Summit pre-launch tickets are now available. Save up to $650 off the regular price.
Pre-launch tickets are the best price we offer, and we only make 200 available. Register for a two-day conference ticket, or add a workshop and join us for all three days. Pre-launch pricing is limited to the first 200 tickets sold, or through July 9 (whichever comes first).
The conference sold out last year, and we anticipate the same in 2019.
The DesignOps Summit is for you if your organization needs to:
- Build design culture and operations without stifling innovation
- Design workflow management that saves you time and frees up mindshare
- Find tools that activate better collaboration across teams
- Develop processes for recruiting, on-boarding, and retention that set your designers and researcher up for success
You’ll mingle with and learn from industry pioneers who’ve already built fast-growing design operations at companies like Capital One, GE, Pinterest, WeWork, Atlassian, Autodesk and beyond. You’ll spend three days learning and networking in an intimate setting with over 700 forward-thinking design leaders like you. You’ll head home with new approaches, tools, and connections to build effective systems, on-boarding programs, and workflows for your team.