Wow, it’s been a year. Or a decade — I can’t really tell anymore. If you’re anything like me, you’d happily jump in a time machine and travel ahead a few years to see how this all turns out. (OK, travel in any form: yes please.) You might also be asking a lot of “what if” questions — about the pandemic, the election, the economy, the planet. Your own life and the life of those you love. Alternate timelines and possibilities and outcomes.

This can be stressful, especially when we wake up with it spinning in our heads at three…

I created this 101 level guide for my mentees through UX Coffee Hours. It answers eight of the most common questions I get from folks interested in or new to Design Operations.

1. What is DesignOps?

“If we want to make great experiences in our products, we have to feel great about the experience of making.” — Miles Orkin

Design Operations practitioners understand that the experience of making is as important as making the experience.

Design Operations focuses on the how so that design can focus on the what. It is the design discipline that owns the intentional operationalizing, optimizing and scaling of design.

By John Calhoun and Rachel Posman

With all the change 2020 has thrown our way, there’s some bittersweet comfort in knowing that one thing has remained stubbornly constant: most design-driven companies are still trying to figure out Design Operations (or DesignOps, for short). This is totally fair — we’ve been practicing DesignOps for many years, and we’re still figuring it out.

In short, DesignOps amplifies the impact of design teams; we help them scale and deliver their vision, and support individual designers as they develop and focus on their craft. In this rapidly changing world, where companies of all…

Rachel Posman

Director of UX Operations @Salesforce

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