ZebraLabs : Collaboration

ZebraLabs : Collaboration

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A conversation about collaboration:

Collaboration is a key element of digital product design with multiple functions in a single team and the need for product teams to work well with other business functions.

However, creating collaborative teams or cultures is easier said than done.

These events aim to explore the different approaches that teams and leaders have taken in order to improve the collaborative nature of their teams, from team structures and processes to hiring and tools.

The aim is to create a truly value filled event that explores the problems, successes and failures seen by organisations as they endeavor to create more collaborate and efficient teams, ultimately elevating the quality of the work they produce.

For this installment, the primary topic being explored is how we can get Design and Tech to work better together in the form of a panel discussion. We have a selection of panelists representing both sides of the spectrum from Carwow, Totally Money and FutureGov who aim to share their experiences, successes and failures in the hope you may learn some new techniques to try for yourself.

The discussion has been broken in to three core headlines:

Section 1) What is collaboration to you?

Section 2) Challenges and successes in your own teams.

Section 3) Tools and tips for improving collaboration.

The panelists:

Ben Holliday - Chief Design Officer, FutureGov

Ben Holliday is Chief Design Officer at FutureGov. He has over 18 years experience of designing products and services. Working extensively with not-for-profit, charity and arts organisations, as well as startups. He has spent the last 6 years working in the UK government, at the Government Digital Service (GDS), and before joining FutureGov he led the design team at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Twitter: @benholliday / Website: benholliday.com

Mark Durrand - Chief Technology Officer, TotallyMoney

Mark’s forte lies in leading talented development teams to deliver innovative software.

With a diverse CV, he’s managed teams at Visa Europe and uSwitch.com where, as Director of IT, he helped reinvent the brand following its acquisition by Forward Group. Mark has a keen interest in Agile and Lean approaches to working and is a seasoned speaker at tech conferences and events. He’s also an active member of the London tech community, attending everything from Skills Matter to London CTO meet-ups.

Anna Kuriakose, Chief Product Officer, TotallyMoney

Anna builds ‘polymath’ teams to create & operate high-growth tech products. In a career spanning 22 years, she has managed everything from consumer apps and marketplaces (Skype, JustGiving etc.) to FinTech solutions and enterprise big data platforms (Monitise, EVRYTHNG).

As a product strategist, Anna has helped companies reform their business models, launch new products and redesign their ways of working. This includes the World Bank (CGAP fund) engaging her to draw up the strategy for building financial inclusion products.

Anna is an active angel investor, non-executive director and a sought-after mentor to founding teams.

Gareth Thomas - Head of Design, Carwow

A Designer with 10+ years experience in brand and digital product design. Gareth has worked both agency side and in-house developing products in the automotive, travel, on-demand recruitment, luxury retail & goods, high street and drinks industries. Having also worked at a number of startups in London, experiencing the thrill of chasing and creating growth whilst building teams and mentoring fellow designers.

Further panelists TBC in the coming weeks.

Future events

We plan to host an event on collaboration every month. If you are interested in speaking or even hosting one, please get in touch with Sam (Sam@zebrapeople.com) or Adam (Adam@zebrapeople.com).

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