Announcing The User Experience Team of One (2nd edition)!

DesignOps Summit 2021

September 29 - October 1 | Virtual

The industry-defining event for people who build and lead design operations

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About #DOS2021

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You’ve recruited great design talent–but sadly, that’s not enough. Without smart design operations in place, those expensive designers and researchers can’t keep up with the demand. The Summit is for you if you want 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 an onboarding process that sets up designers for greatest success

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 also get to network in an intimate setting with over 200 forward-thinking design leaders like you. At the end of 3 days together, you’ll head home with new approaches, tools, and connections to build effective systems, onboarding programs, and workflows for your team.

Program Themes

Theme 1: Establishing and Growing DesignOps

Getting started with Design Operations can be a daunting task. Considerations include what to call it, who should do the work, how to get funding, and what does success look like. We’ll begin by sharing examples and practical advice on how to establish DesignOps as a function and a role, and share practical advice and outcomes from those who have succeeded. We’ll be inspired by teams of one to teams that serve hundreds of thousands of customers, and you’ll gain practical insights and knowledge that you can apply in your own practice.

Theme 2: Successful Outcomes for DesignOps Teams

Once leadership buy-in has been secured, the team staffed, and initial wins are confidently put on the board, the art and science of honing an ever better DesignOps team kicks in. DesignOps leaders must hold fast to effective norms as the team scales, persuade peers and partners with increasing finesse, and, of course, continue to deliver remarkable outcomes. On Day 2 of DesignOps Summit, join us as we learn from the hard-won wisdom of maturing DesignOps teams, including: tools of the trade, scaling strategies, deploying standards and systems, staffing models, and more.

Theme 3: The Future of DesignOps

The Design Operations field has reached a new level of maturity. We’ve moved from defining and advocating for the role’s existence to pushing the boundaries of all that the domain might include. On Day 3 of Design Ops summit, join us as we consider where and how the practice will grow next. Career journey frameworks, future pathing, sub-specialities, analogous organizational roles – we’ll consider all of this, and more, as we explore and define the future of Design Operations, together.

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