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John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky

Design Partner at Google Ventures

John Zeratsky is a design partner at GV and the co-author of Sprint.

Before joining GV, he was a design lead at YouTube and an early employee of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. John has written about design and productivity for the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, and Time.

Originally from rural Wisconsin, John now lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Design Sprints: How to Solve Problems
and Test Ideas in 5 days

Indi Yound

Indi Young

Co-founder of Adaptive Path and Independent Data Scientist/User Researcher

For the past 20 years, Indi Young has been pioneering ways to understand customers and employees in order to support them better.

She is expert at gathering the thoughts that lie deeper than simple preferences, opinions, and desires. And she is expert at helping solidify patterns and sort through the wavelengths to focus on particular channels so companies can support people in more powerful ways.

In 2001 Indi was one of the founders of the UX agency Adaptive Path, which has provided leadership for the experience and strategy design field. During her career, Indi has worked with clients in many industries, including higher education, and has seamlessly embedded with teams at multi-national organizations as well as with tiny start-ups. Clients are pleased with the efficient way Indi engages and with the tremendous knowledge she imparts to team members.

Indi has written two books: Practical Empathy and Mental Models.

Increasing User Empathy in Agile Teams:
Open Q&A Session

Peter Merholz

Peter Merholz

VP Design at Snagajob

Peter is an experience design and product management executive with 20 years experience across a broad range of digital media. Prior to Snagajob, he was Sr. Director of Design at Jawbone, inventing the future through wearables and Internet of Things.

In 2001, he co-founded Adaptive Path, perhaps the world's premier firm dedicated to user experience. He’s been instrumental in its growth from a small boutique firm to an international consultancy, with offices in San Francisco, Austin, and Amsterdam.

After Adaptive Path, he lead the global design team at Groupon, including product/UX, marketing, and brand design. He grew the team from 30 to 60, and was instrumental in the first redesign of Groupon.com since the company launched.

For over 15 years he’s been a dedicated thinker, writer, and public speaker about user experience. Just recently, he co-authored Org Design for Design Orgs published by OReilly.

Agile UX and Product Development: Open Q&A Session

Carol Smith

Carol Smith

Senior Design Manager at IBM Watson

At IBM, Carol leads strategy for Watson Explore and Discovery products working directly with offering managers (product owners) and development teams. She manages a large team of designers in 3 countries, including user researchers, interaction designers and visual designers.

Her 15+ years of UX experience include roles at Accenture, Thermo-Fisher, and Goodyear.
Her efforts have improved user's experiences of mobile apps, Web sites, software, consumer goods and services. Carol has a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University.

Faster Usability Testing in an Agile World

Erin Muntzert

Erin Muntzert

Sr. UX Researcher at Google

Erin has over 10 years practicing knowledge in the field of design.

For the past few years, she’s been leading research for Google Maps in emerging platforms and developer experiences. She’s also an educator having taught Design Research in the IxD undergrad program for 3 years at California College of the Arts and lectured in the Industrial Design depts. at Tongji and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Prior to Google, Erin worked for 6 years as a designer and researcher for the creative consultancy, frog. There, she led international research and IxD projects for clients including Disney, Intel, 3M, Samsung and Huawei. She was also one of the initial creators of frog’s Collection Action Toolkit, a set of activities and methods to help bring groups together to make change in their communities.

Participatory Design: Bringing Users Into Your Process

Sunita Reddy

Sunita Reddy

VP Product at UXPin

How to build a design system from scratch.

How to audit your product for design consistency.

How to structure and communicate a design system to an Agile team.

Building a Design System: A Step-by-Step Case Study

Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden

Designer at Fifty2.co

Josh is a designer, author, coach, and product leader with deep experience creating digital products and services. He brings an entrepreneurial spirit and user-centered perspective to his work with companies large and small. He helps teams find and validate market opportunities, and then to create the right approach to go after these opportunities, and to design and ship great products and services.

Josh is a popular and highly sought-after speaker who appears at conferences around the world. He teaches workshops in Agile and Lean methods for product teams and often works with teams as a coach and mentor.

He is the co-author of Sense and Respond, How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously from Harvard Business Press. He is also co-author of Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience.

Replacing Requirements With Hypotheses

David Sherwin

David Sherwin

Co-founder of Ask the Sherwins

David has nearly two decades of product design and leadership experience.

Prior to consulting, he was a Director of User Experience at Lynda.com. He is also a Fellow at frog, a global product strategy and design firm. His books on design include Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers.

He’s spoken at events such as SxSW, Interaction, UX London, and HOW Design Live, as well as taught at California College of the Arts and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. His writing has appeared in FastCoDesign, TheAtlantic.com, A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, HOW, and many other periodicals.

Participatory Design: Bringing Users Into Your Process

Essi Salonen

Essi Salonen

UX Designer at Fjord

Essi has over 10 years of experience in designing human centered services and products for companies big and small. Her background in branding gives her a deep understanding of creating engaging experiences in both, physical and digital worlds. She has designed and launched award-winning B2B and B2C iPhone and Android applications and websites.

Previous to Fjord she has worked as a product designer in startups in San Francisco. She is working with projects concerning collaboration and the benefits that arise from cooperation and working together. She is also interested in the ways that designers can have a real impact on social issues and questions of policy.

In her free time Essi mentors designers at UX Design School Springboard.

Collaborative Product Discovery and Strategy at Fjord

Vera Rhoads

Vera Rhoads

Sr. UX Manager at IBM

Vera has been working on optimizing web solutions for large-scale Fortune 500 companies and non-profits (Fannie Mae, AARP, IMF) for over 20 years.

Her specialties include web strategy and operations, next-generation website evolution, usability, branding, multi-lingual globalization, web content management and search implementations.

She is PMP, ITIL and SCRUM master certified and works on enhancing process methodologies into the product development lifecycle.

Design Thinking & Agile at IBM

C Todd Lombardo

C Todd Lombardo

Chief Design Strategist at Fresh Tilled Soil

With a designer's mindset, grounded in data and the scientific method over 15 years, C. Todd Lombardo creates change in both corporate and startup worlds.

As a Chief Design Strategist at Fresh Tilled Soil, he focuses on building and mentoring teams in areas of user experience design, data visualization, and product strategy.

In 2015, his book Design Sprints was published by O’Reilly Media. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Madrid's prestigious IE Business School.

Design Sprints: A Non-Google Approach

Damon Dimmick

Damon Dimmick

Director of Product Design & UX at Constant Contact

Damon Dimmick is a UX leader, Agile UX advocate, and UX evangelist based in the metro Boston area. He has spent his career advocating for and designing efficient and pleasant experiences for complex products built by global companies.

Prior to Constant Contact, he was the Manager of Interaction Design (Global UX) for Monster.com where he helped jobseekers and employers find each other through the use of sophisticated job search and hiring tools.

Damon is also a founding partner of the Subforum design group, a think-tank of UX professionals that advocates grassroots ux research, continuing design innovation, and design responsibility.

Design Spikes for an Agile Process

Kelley Howell

Kelley Howell

Sr. UX Architect at Syniverse

Kelley is a UX leader with expertise in product and business strategy, UX program development, user-centered design and research, information architecture, and hands-on interaction design.

With nearly two decades of UX, product management, and development experience, she was previously a UX Reserach Manager at Homes.com and a UX Architect at Liberty Tax Service.

A Guide to User Story Mapping

Marcin Treder

Marcin Treder

Cofounder and CEO of UXPin

Since co-founding UXPin in 2010, he has helped build and lead product teams in the Poland and Silicon Valley office.

Previously, he was a UX Manager at Grupa Nokaut, an enterprise ecommerce platform.
He holds an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Gdansk.

  • Building a Design System: A Practitioner's Case Study

  • Agile UX & Product Development: Open Q&A Session

Nate Ginesi

Nate Ginesi

Sr. UX Architect at LookThink

At LookThink, Nate specializes in enterprise-level portals and web applications, as well as public web sites.

Nate has designed solutions for mobile e-commerce platforms, and worked extensively on complex user flows and permissions matrixing for applications within healthcare and financial services. He has nearly a decade of experience working with in-house and agency Scrum and Kanban teams.

He is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Agile Prototyping Best Practices

Anthony Viviano

Anthony Viviano

Interaction Designer at Bloomberg

Over the last 14 years in the digital product space, Anthony has worked on Enterprise, eCommerce and Marketing products for both mobile and desktop. His work spans many industries including financial services, automotive, hospitality and consumer packaged goods.

Prior to Bloomberg, he served as a lead UX designer at OpenCrowd and TD Ameritrade.

Great UX in an Agile World at Bloomberg

Austin Knight

Austin Knight

Sr. UX Designer at Hubspot

At HubSpot, Austin manages the UX for HubSpot.com, INBOUND.com, the HubSpot Blog, and a range of additional front-end web properties and tools, which are used by more than 8 million visitors per month.

As the senior designer for his team, he manage direct reports, mentor junior designers deals directly with key stakeholders.

He is also an international speaker, published author, co-host of the UX and Growth Podcast, and mentor at Columbia University.

Lean UX in the Enterprise: A Hubspot Case Study

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