Leveling Up with Design Ops

  • 26 Sep 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 101 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013
  • 11


Tuesday, September 26

Leveling Up with Design Ops

Design organizations have been maturing dramatically and quickly over the last few years. We have been honing our processes that we know make us better designers. We are still hitting limits. Those limits are due to operational elements in our organization. Team structure, communications methods and tools, workflow systems, team recruitment and development are the new areas that need the same focus. Organizations that are leveling up are creating roles and giving intentional attention to Operationalizing design. Through this panel, we're going to look at examples of design operations and how they help organizations deliver better value for the people they serve.

Our Panel

Dave Malouf (@daveixd) is the Director of Product Design at DigitalOcean, an IT Infrastructure organization focused on the needs of developers. Dave's current focus as a design leader is to help organizations and teams to remove the impediments so that design teams can reach their potential value for the organizations that invest in them so that people get the very best solutions from those organizations.

Adekunle Oduye (@adekunleoduye) is a Product Designer at Justworks where he is building HR tools for small businesses. In addition, he is a co-organizer for SassConf, a national front-end development conference and GothamSass Meetup, a local NYC meetup that serves front-end developers and designers. When he isn't writing code or designing, you can probably find him planning his next travel adventures or learning more about personal finance.

Tomer Sharon (@tsharon) is VP, Head of UX at WeWork in New York City leading a team that designs work and living spaces, communities, and services around the world. Formerly Sr. UX Researcher at Google Search, Tomer is the author of, Validating Product Ideas (2016) and, It’s Our Research (2012). He founded and led UXPA Israel and has been preaching and teaching UX at Google’s LaunchPad program, a bootcamp for early-stage startups around the world, in conferences, and at Treehouse. Tomer holds a master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He is @tsharon on Twitter and Instagram.

Angela Yeh (@YehID) is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker and educator on Talent Innovation in the space of Design & Strategy. With over two decades of design recruitment experience, she is the Founder and Chief Talent Strategist of Yeh IDeology. A talent strategies consulting & recruitment firm specializing in intrapreneurial change agents in the category of design, strategy & innovation. Past collaborators include Samsung, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Microsoft, Clorox, and GE Healthcare as well as top design strategy firms such as IDEO, Continuum, and Smart Design. With her BA in Psychology and MS in Industrial Design, Angela’s developed an innate ability to identify & match synergies between talent and opportunities. Innovation can be a catalyst for company-wide transformation, but only if you have the right talent. What employers don’t realize is that you have to be strategic in your approach with talent to identify and retain the best and brightest. The secret to a successful creative workforce is mutual growth, and Angela is compelled to share this methodology with the world. Her philosophy is simple: “Design relationships that connect deeply on all levels of talent, purpose & culture for all parties and what will be produced will be exponentially successful and lasting.” ​

Our Moderator

Jessica Greco (@grecasaurus) is a Senior Interaction Designer at Idean, leading a team that partners with enterprise clients to tie insights into action and fundamentally transform businesses so they can deliver more value to customers. Previously she led design and research at Pager, an early stage healthcare startup, and has nearly a decade of experience working on for consumer and enterprise products in finance, healthcare, education, and media. She’s an active member of the IxDA community and is always happy to chat about design education.

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