Hold Fast: Managing Design Teams When Sh!t Hits the Fan
Once in a while, projects go off without a hitch and there’s smooth sailing all the way through to completion. But more often than not, there are bumps, wrong turns, or fatal disasters before a project finally crawls across the finish line. Challenges can come in the form of tough clients, organizational politics, or even conflicts within our own teams.
So how do keep the car moving forward through the rough patches, while managing the expectations of our teams and business partners?
In Aaron Irizarry’s talk, you’ll learn tips and techniques for staying on course and keeping your cool through the ups and downs of the design process, including:
- Balancing expectations of stakeholders, customers, support/sales/account teams, and even designers
- Change management
- Communicating effectively
Managing a team
- Design manager’s expected role in today’s design process
- Managing vs. leading
- Guiding teams when the sh!t hits the fan
Managing the process
- Sticking to course while remaining flexible
- Foresight and avoiding blind spots
- Understanding what went sideways and how to avoid it next time
Networking happy hour: 5:30- 6 p.m. | Presentation begins at 6 p.m.
About Aaron Irizarry
Aaron Irizarry aka “Ron”, is the Director of User Experience at Nasdaq and has been building online products for startups and large corporations for over 10 years. He is also a lifelong Dodgers fan, heavy metal enthusiast, and co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique.
You can follow his frequent ramblings about food, sports, music, and yes design on Twitter at @aaroni.
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