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Upcoming Videoconferences

“About Design___ Organizations” with John Maeda, Thursday, May 23, at 4pm ET

John is famous for many things, including the annual Design in Tech Report. In this session, he and community co-curator Alison Rand will dive into section 2 of the report and discuss Design Org maturity and how that relates to culture, talent, leaders, systems, and operations.

Videoconferences are open to all members of our DesignOps Community. Not a member? Sign up here.

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“Start Small for Big Impact” with Saskia Liebenberg, July 18 4pm ET

Saskia Liebenberg will explain how she’s implemented research ops at Deliveroo in a team of 10 researchers, and how she’s used the ResearchOps framework to build a strategy that supports the team in their specific context.

Videoconferences are open to all members of our DesignOps Community. Not a member? Sign up here.

DesignOps Summit

DesignOps Summit 2019 — October 23-25, New York

The DesignOps Summit is the first conference dedicated to helping design leaders and managers create design capacity that scales with change.

Call for Presentations Now Open

We’d love to hear your ideas—ranging from case studies to toolkits to inspirational stories—and especially want to hear from members of under-represented communities.

The submission deadline is EOD Monday, May 27.

DesignOps Community Members Get First Dibs on Early-Bird Tickets

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Can't wait for the conference? Take a one-day Design Operations Essentials workshop on June 20 with Dave Malouf

If you are in the early stages of implementing design operations practice in your organizations, this workshop will teach you both a broad and flexible definition of design operations as well as tangible activities for how to start.

Past Conferences

DesignOps Summit 2018

New York, New York 
November 7 – 9, 2018

DesignOps Summit 2017

New York, New York
November 6 – 8, 2017

Community Curators

Alison Rand

Alison Rand is a Design Operations leader whose work combines strategic design and personnel management systems with project management expertise to enable design at scale. Previously to becoming Head of Design Operations at Automattic working with John Maeda, Alison was Director of Program Management at frog and Director of Program Planning at Hot Studio (acquired by Facebook). Her passion is creating cross-disciplinary teams and environments with operational structures that enable them to pursue the best creative work of their lives.
What Alison recommends

Kate Towsey

Kate Towsey has been a consultant specialist in ResearchOps for more than half a decade. The instigator of the ResearchOps Community and the #WhatisResearchOps initiative, she’s been instrumental in amplifying and shaping the conversation around this emerging practice. Originally a content strategist, she’s known as the researcher of user researchers and has designed and delivered labs, participant recruitment services, research panels, media archives and research communications for large organizations. Kate now walks the talk as Atlassian’s Research Operations Manager in Sydney, Australia, where she’s building out a team and delivering a seamless ecosystem to support people who do research.
What Kate recommends

Louis Rosenfeld

Like many user experience folk, Lou started somewhere (library science), made his way somewhere else (information architecture), and has ended up in an entirely different place (publishing). Lou spent most of his career in information architecture consulting, first as founder of Argus Associates and later as an independent consultant. He co-founded the Information Architecture Institute and the IA Summit.
What Louis recommends