Why attend DesignOps?

There are at least 20 reasons you should attend this year’s DesignOps Summit

The event

1. The DesignOps Summit is the first and foremost design operations conference, defining and leading the industry’s practice of design operations since 2017

2. This year’s theme is resilience: the program will help you navigate the existential challenges faced by DesignOps practitioners, teams, and organizations

3. Our program is backed by a crack team of curatorsKristin Skinner, Dave Malouf, and Alana Washington—DesignOps leaders who have shaped and defined the field for years

4. You’ll benefit from over 45 sponsor-led sessions, which emphasize learning over selling

5. You’ll be inspired by the program’s 23 main program sessions 

6. A variety of fun social and networking events to keep you connected to your community

The content

7. A carefully researched program that’s based on the themes and challenges that are important to you

8. An expertly designed program, following a clear narrative arc, that engages you the whole time even though you’re attending remotely (not an easy task!)

9. Our speakers are incredibly well-prepared, spending months with our curators and a speaker coach

10. You’ll learn from new voices, representing diverse perspectives and experiences, rather than the celebrities who happen to inhabit an organizer’s rolodex

11. Content take-aways: one year’s access to edited recordings, sketchnotes, session notes, decks, and other content to help you remember and share what you’ve learned

The experience

12. Optional facilitated attendee cohorts so you can socialize with other attendees and learn together—just as you would at an in-person event

13. Even introverts enjoy the incredibly vibrant and welcoming discussions taking place in our conference Slack workspace

14. Carefully-designed communications so you know which sessions and activities are happening, when, and how

15. A robust virtual conference platform, backed up by a host of contingencies, so you won’t have to worry about staring at a blank screen

16. Professional customer service that helps you when there are technical or other customer-facing problems

17. A thriving community of thousands of peers to continue learning with all year-long

The cost

18. A flexibly-designed conference that you can attend for one, two, or three days—it’s up to you

19. The ticket cost is dramatically lower than an in-person conference—and you won’t have to pay for hotel and travel

Don’t take our word; hear what others are saying:

Attending the DesignOps Summit was a great experience that made an immediate impact on me. The talks and workshops were so open, honest, and motivating that I feel like I’m now part of a supportive community. I’m really looking forward to next year!

Dan Richardson, Design Manager, Bluebeam

This was an amazing experience and I feel totally recharged and inspired to get back to work and put the things I learned into practice. It was both reassuring and inspiring to hear other teams are facing the same issues when scaling their Ops teams. I loved the vibe of this conference because for me, ‘finding my Ops fam’ means being in an environment where I can easily strike up a conversation about programs, processes and culture, and that’s what the Summit was!

Taylor Oliva, Senior Design Program Manager, Instacart

Hearing from a range of people with the same job as me put my experience into perspective against a defined path with leaders. I’ve previously felt like just an individual navigating skills and organizations.

Anna Plumlee, Lead, Design Program Management, LinkedIn

I’ve been sharing with everybody at my company who will listen – this was an amazing conference, extremely well-run, extremely well-curated, inspiring, interesting, and WELL worth the time away from the office.

Thank you so much for another amazing conference. I took away so many practical lessons and was able to engage and connect with such a fantastic group of design ops folk. Being able to attend this conference is such a privilege.

Lilly Mackie, Director of Design Operations, xero

The DesignOps Summit gave me the opportunity to meet, learn from, and share experiences with others who have similar challenges in building and scaling design practices in our organizations. I came away with deep insights and a community that will fuel me for years to come.

Dan Zollman, UX Strategist and Information Architect

Growing design organizations need design operations teams and design operations teams need the DesignOps Summit. Amazing event!

Marcin Treder, CEO at UXpin

I actually loved that this was virtual, because it meant I didn’t have to pay travel costs (my company didn’t pay for this). And I will be able to rewatch the recordings. I guess I would say, have more of them!