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Transitioning from Product Designer to Design Manager

Whether you're considering a move into design management or you're a new manager already, you're probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Do I want to be a manager? How can I know I'll be good at it? What does it take to be a great design manager? ‍ Making the transition is not easy and is important to have clarity into your skills. Join an impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to discuss challenges and help you develop into an impactful manager.

Jian Wei

Design Manager, Zendesk

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November 11, 2022

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Transitioning from Product Designer to Design Manager

Whether you're considering a move into design management or you're a new manager already, you're probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Do I want to be a manager? How can I know I'll be good at it? What does it take to be a great design manager? ‍ Making the transition is not easy and is important to have clarity into your skills. Join an impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to discuss challenges and help you develop into an impactful manager.

Trainer: 

Jian Wei

Design Manager

,

Zendesk

$
400

Limited spots available. Save yours now!

AN IMMERSIVE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Strategies to grow into a design manager

PROGRAM DATES

Part 1: Nov 11
Part 2: Nov 18

9:30 - 12:00pm PDT

This program is online and includes two live workshops with fun thought-provoking activities led by Jian Wei.

PROGRAM DATES

Part 1: Nov 11
Part 2: Nov 18

9:30 - 12:00pm PDT

This program is online and includes two live workshops with fun thought-provoking activities led by Jian Wei.

SCHEDULE

Flexible, 2 hrs/week

We recommend investing 2 hrs/week for 2 weeks to attend the LIVE workshops.

Lifetime access to video lessons and a workbook.

PROGRAM OUTCOME

An action plan for a smooth transition

Discuss your specific challenges and learn new skills, strategies and techniques for your journey into management and how to create a clear plan to and grow intentionally.

AUDIENCE

Individual contributors considering to move into management

Design Managers who need guidance as they stepped into the role

Why this program?

How do you know if you're ready to transition from an individual contributor to a manager? How do you start conversations with your manager about moving into people management? How can you be successful in managing?

The two-day workshop aims to equip designers who are exploring a transition into people management with tools, frameworks, and resources to help them strengthen their skills and work effectively as new managers.

Learn Jian Wei's philosophy and methods for a smooth transition. This two-part workshop series will leave you with clarity and energy to understand the attributes and expectations of a design manager, and how to measure your impact and be successful as a design manager.

Meet your workshop trainer

Jian Wei
Design Manager, Zendesk

Design Manager

PROGRAM DETAILS

What will you learn?

MODULE 
1
:

Understand the skills expectations of a design manager

August 11, 2022
November 18, 2022
  • How do you know if management is right for you?
  • What does it take to be a great design manager?
  • How do you know when you’re ready to be a design manager?
  • What are the skills and expectations as a manager vs as an IC?
  • How do you dip your toes into design management before making the transition?
  • How to coach / mentor / educate and inspire other designers
MODULE 
2
:

How to measure your impact and manage your team

August 18, 2022
November 18, 2022
  • How do you give feedback to your design team as a new manager?
  • How do you measure your work and impact as a manager?
  • What are some frameworks to evaluate the skills of your design team?
  • How do celebrate success and support team members' well-being?
  • How to manage the hiring process and assemble a diverse design team.
  • How to intentionally create transparency and set clear expectations with your team?
WEEKLY CURRICULUM

What you will learn

WEEK

1

- WORKSHOP

Understand the skills expectations of a design manager

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

August 11, 2022

  -  

9:30 am

12:00 pm

  • How do you know if management is right for you?
  • What does it take to be a great design manager?
  • How do you know when you’re ready to be a design manager?
  • What are the skills and expectations as a manager vs as an IC?
  • How do you dip your toes into design management before making the transition?
  • How to coach / mentor / educate and inspire other designers
0
1
Jian Wei

Design Manager

Zendesk

WEEK

2

- WORKSHOP

How to measure your impact and manage your team

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

August 18, 2022

  -  

9:30 am

12:00 pm

  • How do you give feedback to your design team as a new manager?
  • How do you measure your work and impact as a manager?
  • What are some frameworks to evaluate the skills of your design team?
  • How do celebrate success and support team members' well-being?
  • How to manage the hiring process and assemble a diverse design team.
  • How to intentionally create transparency and set clear expectations with your team?
0
2
Jian Wei

Design Manager

Zendesk
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

Grow Into an Impactful Design Manager

Understand your skills and areas of improvement and how to decide if management is right for you. Grow into a design manager. Inspire others to collaborate and work towards a more cohesive and intentional career journey.

What our community says

Connor Blacksher
Senior UX Engineer, UnitedHealth

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Sofia Papadopouloua
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

PROGRAM DETAILS

Influence and work better with cross-functional teams

LENGTH
2
WEEKS
PERIOD
November 11, 2022
INVESTMENT
$
400
Application Deadline:
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

What our community say

Sofia Papadopouloua
Independent Visual Designer & Art Director

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Sofia Papadopouloua
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

$15M+

Revenue Achieved

102

Countries supported

390

Staff Members
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK

How will you learn?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. You'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2--3 design peers for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Learn from Experienced Leaders

Attend an intimate workshop-style program that will enhance your perspective on better collaboration. Join practical live sessions (one per week) for 6 weeks to solidify what you're learning and apply the frameworks and concepts in action.

Learn with a Small Peer Group

This program is designed to facilitate peer learning and interaction. Going through a program, you will be matched with a group of curated design peers facing similar challenges like you is the best way to ensure transformation for your career. We're keeping the cohort small to ensure you master the concepts we're teaching, learn and get support from peers.


Accountability & Personalized Feedback

Get personalized feedback from other learners in intimate design peer groups. Get matched with a mentor and a small group of 2-4 design peers with complementary skills and knowledge for mentorship and ongoing structured meetings for peer learning, to support you and keep you on track to achieve your goals.

Join a Private Community

Join our member-only community. Get 1 year access to Leadership Circle where you'll continue to be supported via ongoing events and accountability after the 6 weeks of the program.

Ask Questions

Get support on your challenges

Build your network

Learn by Doing

This program is structured as: “Learn → Practice → Get Feedback". Each week you get a worksheet to practice, actionable methods and tactics to summarize the concepts and help you immediately put them into action.

Frameworks, worksheets and resources

Lectures, homework and practice sessions

an inclusive and equitable PROGRAM:
2% of the profits from this program will be donated to the non-profit Inneract Project to empower underrepresented youth through design education and link them to opportunities to explore design in career and life.

Inneract Project (IP) is a cause we believe in that serves primarily middle and high school youth who identify as Black, Latinx and/or of low-income backgrounds.

FAQs

Frequent questions

How does the program work?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. After you apply, your application will be reviewed and you will find out in 5--10 days if you qualify. You'll receive next steps and a link to pay for the program.

When the program starts, you'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2--3 design peers to for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Additionally, you'll be part of our Leadership Circle for 12 months. There you'll get to connect with other design leaders, and peers for advice, guidance, accountability, and much more.

What is my time commitment per week to finish the program?

To make the most out of this program recommend to set aside 3 hours a week to attend the workshops, complete the homework. Once every two weeks you'll meet with your mentor and your group.

- Meet with your group: 1 hour/ every two weeks. A total of 3 meetings.
- Attend Live Workshops: 2.5 hour/ week.
- Apply the Concepts: 20 - 30 minutes / week to reflect on materials and practice on your own.

You are welcome to put into it as much time as you can. This is an investment in your career growth.

What time are the workshops?

Most live sessions will happen on Thursdays, Fridays at 9:30am PDT. Click here to convert that time to your own time zone.

There will be 6 live sessions with one per week, for 6 weeks. Although recordings of the talks are available we highly recommend you join live for the full experience.

How much does the program cost?

Attending the program is an investment of $1,200 US which includes access to all workshops from the program and an annual membership to access all content and resources from RETHINK Leadership Circle. If your company would like to purchase 8 or more tickets, please contact us at hello@rethinkhq.com. We can provide an invoice if needed.

Will I be able to expense this to my company? 

Yes. Many of our program applicants are able to expense the program tuition to their company. The return on investment compared to a conference or other opportunities is much greater. You get structured content, hands-on learning, lasting community, and actionable strategies to help you develop practical leadership skills for effective collaboration with your cross-functional teams. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for further questions.

Do you offer certificate of completion? 

Yes. A certificate of completion is available after the program. That requires you to attend all 6 live sessions and meet with your small group 3 times over the course of 6 weeks. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for questions.

Do you offer scholarships?

We offer scholarships for underrepresented groups or people who need financial support to attend. This is possible because of partnership with Pinterest and also kind people who donated to the scholarship fund: Aniruddha Kadam, Al Hertz, Liz Heidner, Shara Rosenbalm. If you need financial support to attend this program please reach out to hello@rethinkhq.com.

How long will I have access to the program resources?

You’ll have lifetime access to the program materials to help you successfully lead and influence at work.

Starting with the 6-week live program, you’ll also have access to Leadership Circle, the talk recordings from the events in the program, member-only events, and our community for ongoing support for a total of 12 months.

WELCOME TO

Transitioning from Product Designer to Design Manager

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Transitioning from Product Designer to Design Manager

Whether you're considering a move into design management or you're a new manager already, you're probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Do I want to be a manager? How can I know I'll be good at it? What does it take to be a great design manager? ‍ Making the transition is not easy and is important to have clarity into your skills. Join an impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to discuss challenges and help you develop into an impactful manager.

Program Dates: 
Nov 11
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All the workshops in the program

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Aug 11
Understand the skills expectations of a design manager
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9:30 am

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Jian Wei, Zendesk

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Aug 18
How to measure your impact and manage your team
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Jian Wei, Zendesk

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Mentorship

Here you will find resources and templates for the mentorship program.
Article
How to Be a Career-Changing Mentor
How do you know when to share your own perspective and when to listen? How do you plant the seed of trust, then tend that relationship over time?
Guidelines
Mentorship Guidelines
Pre-checklist before the First Meeting. What are the Mentor/Mentees' responsibilities? How to prepare for the first meeting? ​How does the RETHINK mentorship program work?
Template
Meeting Agenda Template
You can use this guiding document to prepare for each meeting. Share with your Mentees to fill it in.