Design leadership: building teams to solve complex problems

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Every 2nd Wednesday of the month until December 13, 2018

Pivotal Software

211 Old St, London EC1V 9NR · London

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Entrance to 'The Bower' building is tucked away behind Shoreditch Grind coffee shop. Go through the revolving doors, turn right, walk through to the elevators, then head to Floor 2.

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Is designing for complexity different to designing ‘your everyday application’? If so, what makes it different and what skills do designers / UXers need to develop and master in order to be successful in this space?

We are delighted to welcome three design and product leaders who will talk about their personal experiences in building teams for complex products. Their talks will explore the mix of skills they believe are critical to building a successful team, how they hire for them, and how they nurture them in their teams.

Please join us at Pivotal Software's Old Street offices for an evening of complexity-wrangling discussion!



Therese Stowell is Director, Product Management at Pivotal. She has worked in the software industry for 20+ years as programmer, interface designer, and product manager. She developed the command line environment in Windows, founded a successful social enterprise, was part of a startup team awarded a Nesta Open Data Institute £40,000 prize, and has an MA in Fine Art.

Therese will be talking about the role designers play in Pivotal’s R&D teams, and how they build teams with the right skill set, from hiring, to skills development, to growth into leadership.


Jonny is a designer, entrepreneur and founder of Make and Grow, a company focused on helping people in tech to build fantastic careers. His product, Progression Pack, helps design teams to define their skills and expectations so everyone knows where they stand and where to go. This solves a problem he experienced building design teams at startups, including Deliveroo, that questions around learning and personal development were too hard for design and engineering managers to answer.


Alex is Experience Design Director at Webcredible, leading & inspiring teams of designers and clients as they work together to create meaningful and impactful digital products. Coming from a background in computer & software engineering, Alex has never shied away from dealing with complexity, and has made it his mission to help teams do great work by untangling complex problems.

Alex will be talking about coaching & teaching teams how to learn, especially in a fast-paced agency environment where designers might need to familiarise themselves with a new domain at short notice.

Wednesday 12 December 2018
(Please note this is not a repeating event, despite what the Meetup app says!)

Doors at 6.30pm
First talk at 7pm
3 talks of around 20mins, with time for questions and discussion.

Off to the pub at 9pm (Draft House in The Bower, Old Street)

Pivotal Software
Second Floor
The Warehouse
211 Old St
London EC1V 9NR

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