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Making the transition from Product Designer to Design Manager

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How to transition from being an IC designer to an exceptional manager inspiring and leading your team.

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Join RETHINK and our special guests Aniruddha Kadam, Design Manager at LinkedIn and Ian Oliver, Design Manager at Netflix while they discuss the challenges of moving into a design management role and growing and scaling design teams.

  • How to transition from being an IC designer to a manager?
  • How to decide if the management path is what you want to do?
  • How to know you'll be good at it?
  • How is your relationship with coworkers going to change?
  • What do you do now that you are a manager?
  • Should you still be designing too?
  • What skills should you be focusing on developing?
  • How can you design a great process for a successful transition from IC to design management?

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ABOUT THE TALKS

Designing your process from IC to Management

by Aniruddha Kadam

Designers are makers and are often shy of moving into management fearing that it'd stop them from 'making' and learning in the world of design. Few who do, often get sucked into the trap of being the 'best and the most informed' manager of a team of creatives. That leads you to ponder on 'how do you transition from being an IC designer to a manager?'

Aniruddha will be sharing stories & examples from his experience of moving into a design management role, share common challenges that designers face in the transition, while learning about designing your ideal process for a successful transition from IC to design management.

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An intentional transition into management

by Ian Oliver

Whether you're considering a move into management or you're a new manager already, you're probably asking yourself a lot of questions. "Do I actually want to be a manager? How can I know I'll be good at it? How is my relationship with coworkers going to change?" Or, "What do I do now that I am a manager? Should I still be designing too? What skills should I be focusing on developing?"

In this talk, Ian will share practical advice for the journey into management and ways to contextualize the big questions you have so you can maintain control of your career path and grow intentionally.

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AGENDA

6:00 - 6:30pm Networking, snacks and drinks

6:30 - 6:40pm Welcome intro

6:40 - 8:00pm The Talks

8:00 - 8:30pm Q&A

8:30 - 9:00pm More networking

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Aniruddha Kadam | UX Design Manager @LinkedIn

Aniruddha Kadam is a UX Design Manager at LinkedIn. His experience spans across design consulting, startups, and design management & strategy. Currently, he is building design teams and influencing product design strategy to help create a balanced talent marketplace at LinkedIn. Previously, he's worked with Airship where he lead design for the Mobile Wallet product.

Ian Oliver | Design Manager @Netflix

Ian is a design leader originally from Boston, now based in San Francisco. He currently leads the Customer Health design team at Netflix, focusing on member and growth messaging, as well as customer support tooling. Before that, he managed a few of the Product Design teams at Zendesk that help build the best customer experiences.

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THANKS TO OUR PARTNER

Many thanks to our partner for this event: Plaid

Interested in job opportunities with Plaid? Check out their careers page.

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