hello everyone I'm very happy to be here.
I love this conference I love this community and already these days have
been great yeah I think the introduction of myself was already kind of complete so let's skip right into the story of the design leadership framework.
It started in bed and you might wonder what's a book about IT architecture doing in my bed. Well inspired by our community one day I thought I want to learn more about this topic so I ordered a book on Amazon which I thought might be interesting. And I started reading and
in the first chapters, it started with a topic like what is IT management what is IT architecture what is enterprise architecture and there were lots of models there and frameworks overviews and I said wow this is cool now not being an expert in enterprise architecture or IT management I can see what this field is about.
Like what is the topics that they care for and so I saw things like for instance this IT management and governance framework and if you're from enterprise architecture don't you know this is more like an inspiration for me not I've not worked with this framework personally but I can look at this framework and see ok there's strategy is important security is a topic operation and so on and I really liked that and I asked me to do a little bit for some inspiration. I googled found some more models like the EI cube or a toga or even a framework for HR management and I thought wow wasn't wouldn't that be great to have something like this for design management and leadership to really see on one lens what is this about what are the areas what are topics to focus about I focus on and I looked around but I couldn't find a leadership framework for this I found many many models which many of you working in design know like the maturity models processed models role grids design operations models in the recent years and all this but I couldn't find something like a widely used overview model of design leadership and so I thought well it's about time maybe I should go on that mission..."
Katharina Weber UX Consultant
The topics of Design Leadership and Design Operations are currently very popular due to the still increasing need of companies to deliver great customer experiences and become design-driven organizations. This has been leading to companies hiring or acquiring a large number of designers in the recent years. But many companies struggle to really unite these new design »forces« to deliver a holistic end-to-end experience. The high amount of designers in organizations leads to a high demand of Design Leadership Roles on different levels. They are dealing with a wide range of topics such as team development, operational processes and organizational structures. At the same time these leaders are supposed to develop a design vision and drive design culture forward in their companies. Comparing the still emerging discipline of Design Leadership to other more established areas such as IT Management, it becomes apparent that Design Leadership could profit from a concise overview or framework that shows what aspects the discipline encompasses. At Intersection 2018 Katharina Weber presented an early version of a research-based Design Leadership Framework that aims at tackling this challenge. It is supposed to serve as a tool for design leaders of digital products and services, to focus on the right things in their organization and implement the right initiatives and changes. Katharina Weber is currently working on refining and finishing the framework based on feedback and discussion with design leaders and experts from the industry. Follow the official EDA Twitter Channels to receive updates for this topics.
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