Taking it to the next level

Taking it to the next level: Career paths in DesignOps
Courtney Kaplan, Director, Design Program Management, Facebook

From the Design Operations Summit website:
Building a Design Ops team means having a long-term vision and thinking about future growth from the very beginning. DesignOps team members can become key problem solvers bringing value to your company—or can hit professional dead end without leveraging their true strengths. As a new discipline, how you plan to build strong culture and meaningful growth paths will provide ongoing value to your company. Courtney Kaplan will talk about how you can define opportunities for your team, find the right challenges for talent, and provide support in creating an impactful discipline.
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Creating the Blueprint

Creating the Blueprint: Growing and Building Design Teams
Jennifer Kanyamibwa, Senior Design Program Manager (Design & Research), Twitter

From the Design Operations Summit website:
Building a team is like building a tribe. Jennifer will focus on the complexities, celebrations and challenges of building a design team and what she has learned through the course of her career.
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Understanding Experiences

Understanding Experiences: When you have to do more than work
Holly Cole, Senior User Research Analyst, iCIMS

From the Design Operations Summit website:
All of us work as part of something bigger, and we have a set of processes that allow us to make sense of our day-to-day work and its value context. What happens when you need to quickly grow and change, how to you understand those processes? How do you grow your understanding, internally, to improve your teams? First things first, you have to understand the processes and experiences that are going on right now. That takes research.  So, let’s get meta.
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Shaping design, designers, and teams

Shaping design, designers, and teams
Jason Mesut, Director, Resonant Design and Innovation

From the Design Operations Summit website:
Jason will share the latest of his work over the past decade developing visual frameworks for design teams, leaders and designers to map their skills and define their future professional development.  Through his role as a team leader, and with workshops he runs with the community and his clients, he has seen how valuable it is for designers to self-reflect on who they are, and project the areas in which they feel like they should develop. Whether that’s within, or beyond the context of the organization in which they work.

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Collaborative Creativity through Improv

Collaborative Creativity through Improv
Cheryl Platz, Principal Design, Microsoft
Jason Specland, Software Architect, BlueMetal

From the Design Operations Summit website:
Improvisational theater performers create an environment where creativity is maximized within an environment of listening and nonjudgemental collaboration. Take a peek behind the curtain as two professional improvisors (and technologists!) demonstrate some of the key principles they apply not just onstage, but their day jobs at software companies as well. All this while laughing your way through the end of the day!
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