SydDT #85: By Design: Great Teams Deliver Great Products – Thoughtworks YConf

SydDT #85: By Design: Great Teams Deliver Great Products - Thoughtworks YConf

On Thursday, 14 September 2023 we collaborated with Thoughtworks for SydDT #85 which was part of YConf – their annual destination for leaders and practitioners working in customer experience, product, and design at the intersection with tech. The theme was By Design: Great Teams Deliver Great Products.

Kate Linton (Head of Design at Thoughtworks and part of the SydDT organising team) hosted a great panel with Lucy Chen (Head of Product Design at Safewill), Gaston Guernik (Global Head of UI/UX & Design System at QBE Insurance), and Herry Wiputra (Chief Product Officer at hipages Group)… who shared plenty of their insights and experiences building and nurturing successful product and design teams.

Lucy and Gaston are longtime friends and collaborators and I loved hearing their perspectives.

A huge thanks to Thoughtworks for hosting and sponsoring this event!

We’ve got two SydDTs coming up in October – SydDT #87: Good Design Awards Highlights with Ben Crothers & Irma del Mundo on 12 October and SydDT #88: Meetup @ SXSW on 17 October.

We’ve also got two meetups in November sponsored by UserTesting. The first on 2 November in Sydney and then I’ll be taking SydDT to Melbourne on 3 November. We’ll wrap up the year with another design megameetup on 7 December. Check out our meetup page to get involved.

See you soon!

Meetup Announcement

Thursday, 14 September 2023 @ 5:30pm. Thoughtworks, Sydney

YConf is Thoughtworks’ annual destination for leaders and practitioners working in customer experience, product, and design at the intersection with tech. Join us for the evening YConf meetup at Thoughtworks Sydney office.

This year’s theme By Design: Great Teams Deliver Great Products focuses on developing and inspiring high-performing product teams and the know-how for building organisations that can deliver great products time after time. The sessions are designed to provide valuable insights for CX, product, and technology leaders with a keen interest in enabling teams and organisations to deliver great results.

Panelists

We’ll be joined by three product leaders who’ll share their insights and experiences building and nurturing successful product and design teams.

Gaston Guernik

Global Head of UI/UX and Design System at QBE

Gaston is the Global Head of UI/UX and Design System at QBE and a global CIO award winner. He has nurtured and empowered product teams to achieve better outcomes aligned with business goals and customer needs. He fosters collaborative environments, refining processes, and nurturing individual growth to help teams deliver exceptional product experiences and overall organisational success, fostering greater efficiency along the way.

He has provided digital direction in UI/UX, product, research, and customer experience to a range of companies, and also ran his own digital agency for 12 years. In collaboration with his teams, he has reshaped, rebuilt, and crafted some of the best brand strategies and experiences out there today.

Lucy Chen

Head of Product Design, Safewill

With roots in computing and psychology, Lucy has been practising HCI/UX/design for almost 20 years, merging design and product leadership to achieve win-win-win for customers, the team, and the business. Working mostly with startups and scaleups, Lucy helps teams understand their audience, and marry data with research to achieve product-market fit and stickiness.



Most recently, Lucy was Head of UX at Employment Hero and Chief Product & Design Officer at Kit (a new CBA venture).

Herry Wiputra

Chief Product & Technology Officer, hipages

Herry is currently the Chief Product Officer at hipages, an Australian technology company that simplifies home improvement for trusted tradies and homeowners. He’s responsible for driving the product strategy and direction to enable future growth of hipages.

Before he fell in love with product, Herry’s role was mainly in the technology space for almost twenty years. He has an extensive experience in scaling product and engineering organisations by building a culture of empowerment and collaboration among the teams. He strives to create alignment between technology, product, marketing, and sales within an organisation, and to help empower product teams with greater ownership and accountability in what they do.

Herry has also previously held roles in other notable companies such as Campaign Monitor, REA Group, Aconex, SGI, and Adacel.

Event Sponsor

Thanks to Thoughtworks Sydney for sponsoring this event.