Hands-On Workshop: Articulating Design Decisions

When? Monday, November 5th from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where? Will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.

Costs: €440.84 – €510.84 (Registration via Eventbrite)
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About Tom Greever

Tom helps companies and organisations design better websites and apps. He is the UX Director at Bitovi, a front-end design and development consulting company, and has worked with both small startups and large corporations across many different industries. You can hire him to design your app and train your team. Tom is also the author of the most excellent ‘Articulating design decisions’. He lives in Illinois with his wife and five kids. He is probably cleaning up the house right now. We’re thrilled he’s joining us in Munich this November and offers this wonderful workshop to us.

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What is the workshop about?

Talking to people about design might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well. And, in many cases, how you communicate with designers, stakeholders, clients, and other non-designers is more critical than the designs themselves – simply because the most articulate person usually wins.

Based on the best-selling book from O’Reilly, this practical and fun workshop focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting design. Whether it’s the design of websites, apps or other products, you’ll learn how to win over anyone who has influence over the project–with the goal of creating the best experience for the end user. Using techniques from improvisational theatre, we’ll laugh our way through the process of explaining design to the people around us.

Who is it for?

Anyone who needs to talk about design! While most attendees will be designers, many developers, product owners, researchers, and business people also benefit from the ideas and best practices. Regardless of your role in the design process, everyone needs to be better at articulating design decisions.

Key takeaways

At the end of this workshop, you’ll be more confident in your ability to help stakeholders understand the design you recommend. Articulating Design Decisions will equip you to communicate with stakeholders, keep your sanity, and still deliver the best user experience.

  • Walk through the process of preparing for and presenting design.
  • Understand stakeholder perspectives, and learn how to empathize with them.
  • Cultivate both implicit and explicit listening skills.
  • Learn tactics and formulas for expressing the most effective response to feedback.
  • Discover why the way you follow through is just as crucial as the meeting itself.

What we will achieve:

  • Get in the right frame of mind for discussing design
  • Identify stakeholder values and needs
  • Manage design meetings and conversations
  • Listen to design feedback effectively
  • Document design decisions for the future
  • Effectively respond to design feedback
  • Apply common strategies and tactics for making your case

Hands-on exercises include:

  • Discussing common challenges with explaining design
  • Writing stakeholder stories to better see their perspective
  • Evaluating your own skill at articulating design decisions
  • Practicing tactics for responding with other participants
  • Applying techniques from improvisational comedy
  • Simulating design conversations and scenarios
  • Discussing common challenges with explaining design

Prerequisites

None! Whilst, not a requirement, you will get the most from the workshop if you read Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience prior to the session. (We’ll email it to you after you purchased your ticket.)

FAQs

Do you offer team discounts?
Yes! Groups of more than 3 qualify. Send us an email for details.

Can I transfer my ticket?
Yes, absolutely – just send us an email.

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The Role we Play as Creators – A Designer’s take on AI

When? Thursday, October 18, 7 pm
Where? Futurice, Implerstr. 7, 81371 München Map

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What is the talk about?

There is a growing interest in AI, but the field is understood only by a few, often by technicians. What’s our involvement as designers? What do we know about these new disruptive technologies? Often we know little. This talk will unveil benefits and pitfalls of AI through concrete cases offering designers a framework for understanding. It will introduce a toolkit of ethical principles, that will make you reflect upon the potential of AI to change what is our conventional understanding of a product or a service. Design is about developing a higher awareness of the role we play as creators and builders. Get inspired and join the conversation!

About the speaker

As a multidisciplinary designer, Giuseppe de Cesare had the opportunity to work in a wide spectrum of design areas from Exhibition to Product design for renown companies in industries such as FMCG, media, renewable energy, insurance and industry 4.0. His main focus is on blending together different design disciplines in order to achieve better and enjoyable user experiences. With a passion for new technologies and their implications on a societal level, he enjoys helping clients shaping ideas from conception to implementation.

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The Future of Work

When? Tuesday, June 12th at 19:00
Where? Steelcase Learning + Innovation Center, Brienner Strasse 42, 80333 Munich Map

FREE event (but registration is required!)
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What is the talk about?

Lisa is going to talk about the transformational power of new work environments that are helping people to find back their true creative self and experience their workplace as a strong enabler for human problem-solving. She will share Steelcase’s research and insights about creating workplaces that have a strong organizational and cultural intention. As companies and people are in need of different experiences to tap into their creative skills and capabilities, they are becoming more aware of the impact of their environment and the place they are going to every day. As a participant, you will have the possibility to discover the new Learning and Innovation Center and learn how Steelcase is applying their insights to themselves.

About the speaker

As a regional VP at Steelcase, together with her team, Lisa is collaborating with leading organizations to help them envision new work environments that are enabling people to adopt new work methods and find again their creative selves. As a design-led organization, Steelcase is investing in broad research topics to better understand the shifts and influences of how people are working today and in the future. While leveraging the research and insights, at the core of our work is the co-creation of solutions with the intention to design workspaces that allow people to give their best every day.

Lisa has an international background working in global companies to shape people’s behavior, leading change and enhance leadership capabilities. She started her career with Steelcase six years ago where she held various positions in the learning function; prior to her current role, Lisa was leading the Learning group in EMEA. Her thorough knowledge of the learning function helps her to identify key insights for desired behavioral change while translating them into key requirements for the work environment.

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Leading and learning on the cutting edge

When? Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm
Where? Google Munich, Erika-Mann-Str. 33 80636 Munich Map

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What is the talk about?

Lessons learned from working at the intersection of business and design for a high-tech startup

Over the course of the last 4.5 years at a startup, Thomas started as the only designer in the team and grew it to a small designer team twice around different products. Finally landing a successful product with fast user growth. He advanced from solving design tasks to more strategic and business related tasks working closely with the founder and marketing lead. Thomas will share his lessons learned from five perspectives and introduce you to his reflection activity for mindful leaders. After his talk, you can run it for your current career, see what you have learned already and if you might need a change.

About the speaker

Thomas Gläser works at the intersection of design and business innovation, bringing ideas to life and enabling teams to become self-starters. He is excited about emerging technologies like AR, VR, and AI, which he believes should be used in ways that actually add value to people’s lives. Currently, he’s working as an independent innovation consultant helping corporates and startups to master the challenge of being innovative. Previously he was Head of UX for Delightex, performing key functions like user & market research, design & business strategy, creative direction & staffing, design production and business development. Before Delightex he managed his own design studio called envis precisely and worked for BMW as an interaction designer. He co-organizes the push.conference once a year.

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Cerebral Design and The Business of Change

When? Tuesday, May 8th at 19:00
Where? Futurice, Implerstr. 7, 81371 München Map

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What is the talk about?

When it comes to management, our brain is the master. It manages information and executes functions while continuously adapting to change. How does our brain respond to external and internal stimuli? Which approaches does our brain take to store and manage information? How do neurons collaborate to achieve new and complex information-processing tasks? What approaches do economic entities (companies, departments, institutions, teams) use today to organize and process information? How about IT systems? Is there a way to apply and scale our brain’s approach to organizations and IT systems?

In this talk, Dr. Lina Yassin, a neuroscientist researcher and professional change agent, and Raid Naim, digital transformation expert and technologist by heart and passion, will try to answer some of these questions and converse with you in a highly discussion-enriched milieu.

About the speakers

Dr. Lina Yassin, a neuroscientist, researcher, and lecturer working at Futurice as a change agent. From her previous life at the lab deciphering the basis of neuroplasticity conducting electrophysiological research in the field of learning and memory, today she is consulting clients with their digital transformation. Her journey from teaching problem-oriented learning at the Charite made her aware of the resemblance between neuroplasticity, agility and design thinking. At Futurice, Lina is applying lean-service-creation open-source methodology and mindset to support her clients through their cultural and organizational transformation.

Raid Naim is head of digital transformation at Futurice, a new breed of innovation consultancy that has digital values at its core. Raid is a technologist by education and passion who is professionally living in the limbo between technology and business. In the last 15 years, he worked at large industrial corporations, digital giants, and startups and is fascinated with the way people get organized around value creation.

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