Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Schedule: Building & Managing Teams sessions

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11:20am–12:00pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Beginner
Aarron Walter (InVision)
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 12 ratings)
As the first designer hired at MailChimp, Aarron Walter founded the product design practice and scaled it as the company grew from just 6 employees to 550. The waters were at times difficult to navigate for him and his team. Aarron shares hard-learned lessons, guiding you around the obstacles that tripped him up and exposing the shortcuts that helped his team succeed. Read more.
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1:15pm–1:55pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Beginner
Jenny Mullins (LearnUp Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
Being the first designer is rewarding, but it’s hard. How do you convince leadership to invest in design? What roadblocks will you face, and how can you overcome them? Jenny Mullins shares helpful tips and practical advice to help any current or aspiring design leader pave the way for a strong design culture. Read more.
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2:05pm–2:45pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Intermediate
Billie Mandel (Design Equation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
With the industry booming and fresh designers flooding the job market daily, the gap between education and employment has never been more evident. How can managers mentor junior hires to maximum effectiveness? How can junior designers stand out in the crowd? Billie Mandel explores the impact of strong mentorship in creating successful designers. Read more.
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3:35pm–4:15pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Non-technical
Amy Silvers (Nasdaq)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 7 ratings)
Design teams often treat research as an artifact, conducting and recording interviews and then setting them aside when it’s time to work on design. This results in designs that don't meet users' needs. Amy Silvers explains how Nasdaq's design team has been working to include research throughout the design process and outlines the tools they use to manage and share findings. Read more.
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4:25pm–5:05pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Beginner
Patrick Chew (IBM Design), Alexandra Williams (Airbnb), Ryan Noon (Nike), Tim Belonax (Pinterest)
Average rating: *....
(1.50, 2 ratings)
Companies around the world are creating room for screen printing, letterpress, circuitry, and more. But what does physical making have to do with building better products? Patrick Chew, Alexandra Williams, Ryan Noon, and Tim Belonax discuss how spaces like this come to be, why they exist, and how they're changing the modern workplace. Read more.