Dr. Jurgen Spangl

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Dr. Jurgen Spangl

Head of Global Design, Atlassian

Jurgen is an accomplished designer with over 20 years experience in developing user experiences for the web, desktop, mobile, and physical products. Jurgen is a strong proponent of a holistic view on product development – including the product as a whole and above all the human perspective within the social and environmental context. With a solid and balanced understanding of the complex relationship between design, business and technology he acts as a catalyst among the parties involved to create engaging product experiences.

Jurgen previously owned an Experience Design agency in Austria before moving to Sydney, Australia to head Experience Design at Vodafone. He is now leading the Global Design team at Atlassian, where he grew the team from six designers to over one hundred designers, researchers, writers and front-end engineers.

Jurgen holds a PhD in Interaction Design/Computer Science from Vienna University of Technology.

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Keynote #5 @ Summit 1 Hall

Scaling Up Design
communities

4 years ago Atlassian had 6 designers. Fast forward to today and the design team numbers more than 120. Building and managing a design team of this size is one thing, integrating it successfully into a traditionally engineering led organisation is another. Jurgen Spangl (Head of Design) will share how Atlassian has successfully embraced design as a first-class discipline and how it is changing from being an engineering-led, to an experience-led company. Growing design at a company on that scale also means a lot of personal change. Hear from Jurgen how he had to adapt to keep up with the pace. At the end of the session, you’ll be armed with a basic playbook for how to be comfortable managing your team of designers to affect meaningful change within any organisation.

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