Navigating the Challenges of Scaling Up a DesignOps Team

Navigating the Challenges of Scaling Up a DesignOps Team

In the ever-evolving world of design, the emergence of DesignOps has brought about significant improvements in team efficiency, collaboration, and overall design processes. However, scaling up a DesignOps team from a solitary practitioner to a fully functional unit can be a daunting journey for design leaders and DesignOps leaders. I want to explore the challenges that come with this endeavor […]

Process or no process

Process or no process

Phtoto credit: @fallonmichaeltx Processes kill innovation and creativity.  Processes break down silos, reduce duplicated work and increase productivity and efficiency. Both can be true. Why? If processes are rules, they limit you; however, if processes are guidance, they enable you. In the fast-paced world of business, processes can often be viewed with skepticism. The notion of being tied down by […]

On Resilience

On Resilience

With all the massive tech layoffs, I’ve been thinking about what ops people can help—short-term and long-term.
To people who are affected
To people who are on the job
To the business and teams, we support

Resilience in DesignOps

Resilience in DesignOps

According to Susan Kobasa, a psychologist, there are three essential points in resilience training:
Challenges,
Commitment,
Personal Control.
As ops people the topic of resilience is extremely important. Being resilient is not easy. Being resilient is rewarding.

Hire the best talents

Hire the best talents

Our interviewing process is not short. But it helps us to find the best match.
We believe finding a job is a match. We need time to find the candidates who match our vision and beliefs. Candidates need time to decide if we are the right design group for them in their current career stage.
Matching is hard. It takes time and planning.

Year 2021 Reading Recap

Year 2021 Reading Recap

The year 2021 has been a challenging year for many people. Many people, including myself, had high hope that by 2021, our lives would be back to “normal”. Yet, we find the new norm is quite different from the “normal” we once knew. And the new normal looks very different for each individual. But, on the bright side, we learned that we are resilient. 

Two sides of the same coin

Two sides of the same coin

Recently I posted a question on LinkedIn to the design community: What is the strategy to achieve left, while the organizational structure is like the right. The question generated over twenty-two thousand views, and more importantly, it generated an excellent discussion.  My intention for posting the question is not for the answers, but to do a pulse check. The debate […]