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Dear Alison: “I’m creating job titles for DesignOps roles and need some other models for reference.” 

Good question! As these are early days, there is still some ambiguity in general around what role to hire for, never mind what titles should be. We have been having this conversation in one way or another for years. In the past we spoke of project management, program management, producer, etc. and debated nomenclature vs. semantics. And in this nascent discipline, I think the roles (and ambiguity) are analogous.

Upcoming videoconference: “Leading with Design Operations past and present” with Bob Baxley, December 19, 4pm ET

With a career spanning three decades, Bob’s work at Apple, Pinterest, Yahoo!, and elsewhere has touched hundreds of millions users around the world through search, social media, e-commerce, fintech, and productivity apps. Currently, Bob advocates for programs and organizations that are helping to recruit and inspire the next generation of designers.

The Partnership Lens

Charles Eames understood that Ray was an equal partner in their creations, and he was always eager to acknowledge her integral role. “Anything I can do, Ray can do better,” he said

Upcoming videoconference: “Design Maturity and the opportunity space for Design Ops ” with Leah Buley, December 12, 4pm ET

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

Need Research Operations Advice?

What’s your burning question about Research Operations? Our advice columnist Kate Towsey (Research Operations Manager, Atlassian) can answer—or find someone

What are your burning Design Operations questions?

What’s your burning question about DesignOperations? Our advice columnist Alison Rand (Senior Director, Head of Design Operations at InVision) can answer—or find someone who can!

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Videoconference recording, deck, and chat transcript now available – Distributed DesignOps Management with Jilanna Wilson

Struggling to manage Design Operations in a distributed environment? ZenDesk’s Jilanna Wilson knows your pain; join her for a discussion that’ll cover a variety of topics that are challenging Design and Research Operations managers.