EuroIA
2017
Stockholm,
28-30 Sept.

 

Thursday, 28 Sept. 17:00

Race to the Top: Building Skyscrapers and Design Teams that Soar

Alissa Briggs

45 min talk
In this talk, you’ll learn how skyscrapers get built and apply these lessons to become a better design leader. Alissa Briggs, Head of Design at the world’s #1 mobile construction app, will share how she transformed designers into leaders, double the size and impact of the design team, and create a user-centric company culture.

Slides from the talk

You’re standing on the exposed beams of a skyscraper in your hard hat and work boots. Your team is laying down flooring as rain and 60 mph winds whip through hollow walls. Just another day on the construction site.

In this talk, you’ll learn how skyscrapers get built and apply these lessons to become a better design leader. Alissa Briggs, Head of Design at the world’s #1 mobile construction app, will share how she transformed designers into leaders, double the size and impact of the design team, and create a user-centric company culture.

We’ll cover three key lessons from construction:

  1. Success begins with a bold vision: Building owners and architects work together to paint the vision for a skyscraper. Similarly, design leaders work with their teams to create a vision for their organisation. Learn how to facilitate a Vision Workshop using the “looks, sounds, feels” framework and how to turn this into a multi-year organisational plan.
  2. Teams build better together: Construction projects require thousands of people from different disciplines to find common ground and work together. Learn how design leaders hire for the right skills, delegate effectively, build trust, and work across disciplines to accomplish big things together.
  3. Leaders help teams weather storms: Construction teams keep building through heat waves and hailstorms. They use the three P’s (planning, process, and presence) to reduce risk and accidents. Learn how design managers can apply these lessons to weather the storms of internal politics and change management.

Throughout this talk, you’ll hear fascinating stories from the construction industry. You’ll also get a brutally honest look at successes, failures, and lessons learned from building design teams.

By the end of this session, you'll know how to craft, execute, and evolve the strategy that will help your design team soar to new heights.

 

Alissa Briggs

Alissa is Head of Design at PlanGrid, the #1 construction app. Previously she led design at Brigade, a $9.3M-funded civic tech startup, and at Intuit, improving the financial lives of small business owners everywhere. She’s spoken at SXSW, Enterprise UX, UXPA, and Grace Hopper conferences and has been published in top industry publications. Alissa holds advanced degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, you can find her tweeting @alissadesigns, designing wearable electronics, and exploring the great outdoors.

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Race to the Top: Building Skyscrapers and Design Teams that Soar
Alissa Briggs
In this talk, you’ll learn how skyscrapers get built and apply these lessons to become a better design leader. Alissa Briggs, Head of Design at the world’s #1 mobile construction app, will share how she transformed designers into leaders, double the size and impact of the design team, and create a user-centric company culture.
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About EuroIA

EuroIA is the leading Information Architecture (IA) and User Experience (UX) conference for Europe.

EuroIA has travelled through Europe over the years: Brussels, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Prague, and most recently, in Amsterdam. In 2017 will be in Stockholm for the first time. Learn more about EuroIA.

EuroIA is organised by volunteers all around Europe, with three co-chairs, an active committee and over 35 country ambassadors. Find out who is who at EuroIA.

Välkommen in Stockholm

EuroIA goes to Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia, one of the most connected, environmentally friendly and creative cities in the world.

EuroIA 2017 will take place at Elite Hotel Marina Tower, situated in a historic mill on the waterfront, only a few minutes from the city centre.

Elite Hotel Marina Tower Stockholm,
Saltsjöqvarns kaj 25,
131 71 Nacka,
Sweden.
+46 8 555 702 00

 

Our sponsors

The following sponsors have already committed to EuroIA 2017:


Trivago is a hotel search which empowers more than 120 million travelers every month in their search for the ideal hotel. By using trivago, you can sift through over 900,000 hotel deals, from 250+ booking sites and hotel chains at once.


FatDUX: Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, FatDUX creates innovative interactive products that improve the quality of people’s lives and improve their clients’ bottom line. These products include websites, intranets, software applications, and industrial interfaces. You’ll find FatDUX offices and representatives throughout Europe and the Americas.


User Intelligence: User Intelligence is a user experience design and evaluation collective based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our consultants work on the design and evaluation of complex, interactive products and services, usually applications on websites, mobile phones, interactive TV, or desktops. We always keep the end-user in mind, without losing sight of the business context of our clients.

Tobii Pro, being a world leader in eye tracking products and services, helps business and science professionals gain valuable insights into human behaviour. Our innovative and high-quality eye tracking solutions capture human behaviour in a natural way, ultimately affording users access to valuable, objective data about real responses to stimuli..


Rosenfeld Media: Rosenfeld Media connects people interested in designing better user experiences with the best expertise available—in the formats that make the most sense, and in ways that demonstrate the value of UX.
As UX becomes mission critical for more industries, organizations, and people, they expect to be there—as a trusted source of really helpful, really valuable expertise that helps make sense of user experience design.


Proto.io is an industry leading prototyping platform which gives designers, entrepreneurs, and developers the power to create pixel-perfect web and mobile app prototypes that look and feel just like the real thing. All without a single line of code.


Balsamiq is the maker of Mockups the rapid wireframing software that combines the simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool so that teams can focus on what's important. Balsamiq is a small and personable company that competes on usability and customer service. Balsamiq believes work should be fun, and that life is too short for bad software.


Sketch gives you the power, flexibility and speed you always wanted in a lightweight and easy-to-use package. Finally you can focus on what you do best: Design.


GatherContent helps to take the chaos out of producing website content. The easy to use online tool helps you to organise your website content in one place, ensuring content is in the right structure, well written and ready for the CMS. We also help you manage workflow and approval processes, ensuring that content is complete and ready on time.


Great user experiences require solid consumer insight, brilliant digital design, and sustainable business models. This is the core of the digital transformation, and where we thrive – collaborating to turn your business strategy into profitable products and services that people love.


Axure RP gives you the wireframing, prototyping and documentation tools needed to make informed design choices, persuade any skeptics, and document your design... and maybe win a few fans along the way.

Optimal Workshop is the creator of a suite of usability tools to help improve your website navigation, define information architecture, understand first-clicks, capture qualitative research, and more.

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