Design Leadership Slack Team | July 30, 2017
I recently started a Slack Team for Design Leaders. We currently have over 300 members; mostly Heads, Directors and VPs of Design from tech companies like Spotify, Etsy, AirBnB, and Facebook, along with more traditional organisations like Virgin, Tesco, BBC and Capitol One.
We’ve been very careful building the community. As a result the signal to noise ratio is remarkably high. Recent conversations have included:
- Discussions around recruitment and whether design tasks are a good idea.
- Various design leaders sharing their career progression ladders.
- An ongoing debate around the perfect team structure.
- Whether managing Millennials required a different set of skills (the general conclusion being they don’t).
- The challenges of managing fast growing teams.
- Tactics for your first 90 days in role.
The criteria for joining is fairly straightforward. Are you a Head of Design, Director of Design or VP of Design*, for an in-house team? Are you generally a nice person and interested in sharing your thoughts and experience on the subject of design leadership? If so, drop me an email and I’ll hook you up.
Once you’ve joined, please feel free to lurk for a while and get a feel for the place. When you’re ready to jump in, please introduce yourself to the group, letting folks know a little about your background, the company you work for, the team you look after, and the leadership challenges that are interesting you at the moment.
We expect members of the Slack channel to respect each others privacy. If you do wish to disclose anything discussed here, please use Chatham House Rule and refrain from identifying individuals or their companies.
Members of this group are generally kind, considerate, constructive and helpful. Heated discussions may occur, but they should always be done with respect and a desire to advance the conversation. If you witness any disrespectful behaviour, please inform myself or one of the admins. We aim to resolve any conflicts peacefully and in a positive manner. However on the rare occasion this isn’t possible, we may ask individuals to leave.
- Head, Director or VP of UX also applies.