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Ops Core Skill Set
Ops Core Skill Set
DesignOps day to day activities
Systems Thinking
Change Management
Coordination
Processes and Governance
Knowledge Management
Technologies
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Workstreams of Work
Workstreams of Work
Large ongoing initiatives or domains of work with key partners
Design Management
Product Design
Research Lab
Design Systems
Content Strategy
Marketing
Design Center of Excellence
People Management
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
Operations
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Focus Area
Focus Area
Improving every aspect of the Designer Journey
Goals and KPIs
Partnerships
Design Culture
Design Metrics
Communications
Communities
Corporate Guidelines
Engagement Models
Competency Matrix
Team Compositions
Intake Models
Design Planning
Design Quality
Workflows
Activities
Ceremonies
Deliverables
Tools
Budget Management
Design Accelerators
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Intro to DesignOps
Intro to DesignOps
Definition, focus areas and approach. Basic topics to get familiar with the DesignOps
DesignOps 101
Implementing Ops
Reports
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Systems Thinking
Activities
Systems Thinking
Ops Core Skill Set
Holistic ThinkingStrategy Mind
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
Design Staffing for Impact
DesignOps + KPIs = Measure your Impact!
The Importance of Accessible Design Systems
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
“Prototype” vs “Prototype”—Breaking Down and Rebuilding Our Understanding of What We Do
Learning Over Outcomes
Operationalizing DesignOps
Flow and Superfluidity for Design Orgs
Designing Systems at Scale
Filling the Void
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
Scaling Design through Relationship Maps
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Change Management
Activities
Change Management
Ops Core Skill Set
CommunicationsConsultancy
The DesignOps Starter Kit
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
Practice What You Preach
How to Build and Scale Team Safety
The Science of Creativity for DesignOps
Showing the Value of DesignOps by Not Having a DesignOps Team
Creating Consistency Through Constant Change
Operating with Purpose
AccessibilityOps for All
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
A Design Ops Girl in a Dev Ops World
Transforming Strategic Research Capacity through Democratization
Setting the Table for Dynamic Change
Leading Through Change
Learning Over Outcomes
Shaping design, designers and teams
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
Opening Keynote: Org Design for Design Orgs
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Coordination
Activities
Coordination
Ops Core Skill Set
Portfolio Management
C’mon Get Happy
The DesignOps Starter Kit
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Design Ops Metrics
Capturing Deep Insights
Design Staffing Models
Design Staffing for Impact
DesignOps + KPIs = Measure your Impact!
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
Designing Distributed: Leading Doist’s Fully Remote Design Team in Six Countries
Opener: Chief of Staff–An unexpected journey
Measuring What Matters
Distributed Design Operations Management
Debunking the Myths of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Design is Not the Frosting on the Scaled Agile Layer Cake
Stretching the Definition of DesignOps with Product Development
Operationalizing DesignOps
Collaborative Creativity through Improv
Creating the Blueprint: Growing and Building Design Teams
Taking it to the next level: Career paths in DesignOps
Opening Keynote: Org Design for Design Orgs
The Design Management Office
What DesignOps Can Learn From DevOps
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Processes and Governance
Activities
Processes and Governance
Ops Core Skill Set
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
Inclusive Design is DesignOps
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Design Ops Metrics
Design Staffing Models
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
Look, Think, Act: The Futures-Smart Design Organization
How to Build and Scale Team Safety
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
Team Resiliency Through a Pandemic
Measuring the Designer Experience
Shaping design, designers and teams
Understanding Experiences: When you have to do more than work
Creativity and Culture
What DesignOps Can Learn From DevOps
Jazz Improvisation as a Model for Team Collaboration
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Knowledge Management
Activities
Knowledge Management
Ops Core Skill Set
Capturing Deep Insights
Real Talk: Proving Value through a Scrappy Playbook
Distributed Design Operations Management
“Prototype” vs “Prototype”—Breaking Down and Rebuilding Our Understanding of What We Do
Research Operations at Scale
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Technologies
Activities
Technologies
Ops Core Skill Set
SUS: A System Unusable for Twenty Percent of the Population
Automatization for Large Enterprise Teams
Operationalizing DesignOps
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Design Management
Disciplines
Design Management
Workstreams of Work
C’mon Get Happy
Advice for DesignOps Employee #1
The DesignOps Starter Kit
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Design Staffing Models
Design Staffing for Impact
Designing Distributed: Leading Doist’s Fully Remote Design Team in Six Countries
Real Talk: Proving Value through a Scrappy Playbook
Debunking the Myths of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Design is Not the Frosting on the Scaled Agile Layer Cake
Opening Keynote: Org Design for Design Orgs
The Design Management Office
What DesignOps Can Learn From DevOps
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Product Design
Disciplines
Product Design
Workstreams of Work
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Design Ops Metrics
The Science of Creativity for DesignOps
Getting in Flow with Your Team
Showing the Value of DesignOps by Not Having a DesignOps Team
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Research Lab
Disciplines
Research Lab
Workstreams of Work
SUS: A System Unusable for Twenty Percent of the Population
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
Capturing Deep Insights
Measuring What Matters
Transforming Strategic Research Capacity through Democratization
Opening Keynote: Operating in Context
Designing Systems at Scale
A Selectively Scrappy Approach to ResearchOps
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
Research Operations at Scale
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Design Systems
Disciplines
Design Systems
Workstreams of Work
The Importance of Accessible Design Systems
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Filling the Void
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Content Strategy
Disciplines
Content Strategy
Workstreams of Work
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
AccessibilityOps for All
The Importance of Accessible Design Systems
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Marketing
Disciplines
Marketing
Workstreams of Work
Visual Design
The Science of Creativity for DesignOps
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Design Center of Excellence
General
Design Center of Excellence
Workstreams of Work
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
Design as a Team Practice, A Practical Guide to Cross-functional Collaboration
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Capturing Deep Insights
Design Staffing Models
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
Showing the Value of DesignOps by Not Having a DesignOps Team
DesignOps + KPIs = Measure your Impact!
Opener: Chief of Staff–An unexpected journey
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
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People Management
General
People Management
Workstreams of Work
Inclusive Design is DesignOps
Design Staffing Models
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
Opener: The Other L Word
Not Black Enough to be White
Opener: Past, Present, and Future—Closing the Racial Divide in Design Teams
Team Resiliency Through a Pandemic
From Insights to Action: Driving Business Values through DesignOps
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
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Goals and KPIs
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Goals and KPIs
Focus Area
OKRs
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
DesignOps + KPIs = Measure your Impact!
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
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Partnerships
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Partnerships
Focus Area
HRFinanceLegalVendors
Design as a Team Practice, A Practical Guide to Cross-functional Collaboration
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
Have we Reached Our Peak? Spotting the Next Mountain For DesignOps to Climb
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
Transforming Strategic Research Capacity through Democratization
Communicating and Establishing DesignOps as a New Function
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
What DesignOps Can Learn From DevOps
Scaling Design through Relationship Maps
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Design Culture
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Design Culture
Focus Area
C’mon Get Happy
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
Practice What You Preach
Not Black Enough to be White
How to Build and Scale Team Safety
The Science of Creativity for DesignOps
Opener: Past, Present, and Future—Closing the Racial Divide in Design Teams
Creating Consistency Through Constant Change
Distributed Design Operations Management
Taking it to the next level: Career paths in DesignOps
Creativity and Culture
Scaling Design Culture
Jazz Improvisation as a Model for Team Collaboration
18
Design Metrics
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Design Metrics
Focus Area
C’mon Get Happy
Design Ops Metrics
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
Design Staffing for Impact
DesignOps + KPIs = Measure your Impact!
Measuring What Matters
Measuring the Designer Experience
Communicating and Establishing DesignOps as a New Function
Operationalizing DesignOps
Flow and Superfluidity for Design Orgs
19
Communications
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Communications
Focus Area
Team UpdatesNewslettersStatus UpdatesLeadership CommunicationInternal CommunicationsQuarterly Business Reviews
The DesignOps Starter Kit
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Capturing Deep Insights
Creating Consistency Through Constant Change
Team Resiliency Through a Pandemic
Designing Distributed: Leading Doist’s Fully Remote Design Team in Six Countries
From Insights to Action: Driving Business Values through DesignOps
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
Distributed Design Operations Management
“Prototype” vs “Prototype”—Breaking Down and Rebuilding Our Understanding of What We Do
Flow and Superfluidity for Design Orgs
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
20
Communities
Corporate Strategy and Impact
Communities
Focus Area
Operating with Purpose
Turning Research Ripples into Waves
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Corporate Guidelines
Design Governance
Corporate Guidelines
Focus Area
Travel PoliciesBudget PoliciesEthicsSpending Policy
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Capturing Deep Insights
Creativity and Culture
22
Engagement Models
Design Governance
Engagement Models
Focus Area
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
Design as a Team Practice, A Practical Guide to Cross-functional Collaboration
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
Operationalizing DesignOps
The Design Management Office
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Competency Matrix
Design Governance
Competency Matrix
Focus Area
Career Path
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
How to Maximize the Impact of Content Design
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
Flow and Superfluidity for Design Orgs
Shaping design, designers and teams
Taking it to the next level: Career paths in DesignOps
24
Team Compositions
Design Governance
Team Compositions
Focus Area
C’mon Get Happy
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
Design as a Team Practice, A Practical Guide to Cross-functional Collaboration
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Design Staffing Models
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
Opener: The Other L Word
How to Build and Scale Team Safety
Design Staffing for Impact
Team Resiliency Through a Pandemic
Designing Distributed: Leading Doist’s Fully Remote Design Team in Six Countries
AccessibilityOps for All
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
Debunking the Myths of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Shaping design, designers and teams
Creating the Blueprint: Growing and Building Design Teams
25
Intake Models
Design Governance
Intake Models
Focus Area
Design Staffing for Impact
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
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Design Planning
Design Governance
Design Planning
Focus Area
PrioritizationTracking
Design Ops Metrics
Designing Distributed: Leading Doist’s Fully Remote Design Team in Six Countries
Design is Not the Frosting on the Scaled Agile Layer Cake
27
Design Quality
Design Governance
Design Quality
Focus Area
ValuesPrinciplesGuidelinesStandardsDesign CritiquesQA
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Workflows
Design Governance
Workflows
Focus Area
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
Inclusive Design is DesignOps
Getting in Flow with Your Team
Creating Consistency Through Constant Change
Team Resiliency Through a Pandemic
AccessibilityOps for All
From Insights to Action: Driving Business Values through DesignOps
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
Measuring the Designer Experience
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Leading Through Change
Operationalizing DesignOps
Understanding Experiences: When you have to do more than work
Opening Keynote: Org Design for Design Orgs
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Activities
Design Governance
Activities
Focus Area
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
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Ceremonies
Design Governance
Ceremonies
Focus Area
When Design Ops Comes in H.O.T. : A Tale of a Transformed Design Org
Debunking the Myths of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
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Deliverables
Design Governance
Deliverables
Focus Area
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Tools
Design Governance
Tools
Focus Area
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
How to Build and Scale Team Safety
Getting in Flow with Your Team
Automatization for Large Enterprise Teams
The Importance of Accessible Design Systems
Group Activity: A Deep Dive Into Value and Outcomes
A Design Ops Girl in a Dev Ops World
Distributed Design Operations Management
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Communicating and Establishing DesignOps as a New Function
Stretching the Definition of DesignOps with Product Development
Opening Keynote: Org Design for Design Orgs
Jazz Improvisation as a Model for Team Collaboration
Research Operations at Scale
33
Budget Management
Design Optimization
Budget Management
Focus Area
Spending policy overview
Spending OptimizationTools ROI
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Design Accelerators
Design Optimization
Design Accelerators
Focus Area
PluginsExtensionsAutomationsTemplatesAdditional Specific Tools
Automatization for Large Enterprise Teams
Closing Keynote: Amplify. Not Optimize.
Operationalizing DesignOps
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Vendors
Design Optimization
Vendors
Focus Area
3P Risk Assessment and Onboarding
Agencies
Design Ops Metrics
36
Promotions
Design Growth
Promotions
Focus Area
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Taking it to the next level: Career paths in DesignOps
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Assessment
Design Growth
Assessment
Focus Area
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
“Prototype” vs “Prototype”—Breaking Down and Rebuilding Our Understanding of What We Do
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Feedback
Design Growth
Feedback
Focus Area
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Education
Design Growth
Education
Focus Area
TrainingsWorkshops
Capturing Deep Insights
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Recruiting
Design Growth
Recruiting
Focus Area
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
Lessons From the DesignOps Journey of the World’s Largest Travel Site
Scaling Design Culture
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Staffing
Design Growth
Staffing
Focus Area
Design Ops Metrics
Design Staffing Models
Design Staffing for Impact
AccessibilityOps for All
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Onboarding
Design Growth
Onboarding
Focus Area
AccessibilityOps for All
Distributed Design Operations Management
Scaling Design Culture
Onboarding: The Ecosystem, not the Afterthought
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Playbooks & Toolkits
Design Growth
Playbooks & Toolkits
Focus Area
Capturing Deep Insights
Real Talk: Proving Value through a Scrappy Playbook
Distributed Design Operations Management
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Market Recognition
Design Growth
Market Recognition
Focus Area
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People Recognition
Design Growth
People Recognition
Focus Area
Team Health
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Culture as the Root of Brand Promise
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
Opener: The Other L Word
Not Black Enough to be White
Measuring the Designer Experience
Creativity and Culture
46
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
General
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
Workstreams of Work
Designing Accessible Research Workflows
Inclusive Design is DesignOps
Designing For Screen Readers: Understanding the Mental Models and Techniques of Real Users
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Can Data and Ethics Live Together?
Prototype Reviews, People With Disabilities, and You
Not Black Enough to be White
Opener: Past, Present, and Future—Closing the Racial Divide in Design Teams
Make Your Remote Workshops More Inclusive with frog Design
AccessibilityOps for All
The Importance of Accessible Design Systems
Opening Keynote: Process and Ambiguity
Scaling Design Culture
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DesignOps 101
Introduction
DesignOps 101
Intro to DesignOps
Have we Reached Our Peak? Spotting the Next Mountain For DesignOps to Climb
Leveling-Up: A Single-Player’s Guide to the DesignOps Team-of-One
Closing Keynote: Amplify. Not Optimize.
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Implementing Ops
Introduction
Implementing Ops
Intro to DesignOps
Advice for DesignOps Employee #1
The DesignOps Starter Kit
DesignOps in Wonderland
Setting the Table for Dynamic Change
Communicating and Establishing DesignOps as a New Function
Ops without Designers
Flow and Superfluidity for Design Orgs
A Selectively Scrappy Approach to ResearchOps
Continuous Design: One eye on the horizon and the other on the next wave
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Reports
Introduction
Reports
Intro to DesignOps
State of DesignOps: Learnings from the 2021 Global Report
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Operations
Disciplines
Operations
Workstreams of Work
Advice for DesignOps Employee #1
The DesignOps Starter Kit
How to Design Your Design Operating Model
How DesignOps can Drive Inclusive Career Ladders for All
Design Ops Metrics
State of DesignOps: Learnings from the 2021 Global Report
DesignOps and Content Strategy: Envisioning the Future Together
Maturity Models: A Core Tool for Creating a DesignOps Strategy
Have we Reached Our Peak? Spotting the Next Mountain For DesignOps to Climb
Look, Think, Act: The Futures-Smart Design Organization
Opener: The Other L Word
Showing the Value of DesignOps by Not Having a DesignOps Team
Creating Consistency Through Constant Change
Two Sides of the DesignOps Coin: Teams Ops and Product Ops
Real Talk: Proving Value through a Scrappy Playbook
Distributed Design Operations Management
DesignOps in Wonderland
Setting the Table for Dynamic Change
Communicating and Establishing DesignOps as a New Function
What DesignOps Can Learn From DevOps
The Many Faces of Operations
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