Designing for Agility and Innovation . . . the most pressing issue facing organizations as the workplace and our lives digitize. The demands, opportunities and choices confronting organizations are increasingly complex and tangled. Leaders are faced with difficult, seemingly paradoxical challenges and often reliant on an outdated toolkit.
In complex environments, how do you scale and remain agile? How do we automate and keep people engaged in meaningful work? How do you organize for speed and keep pace with customer needs? At ODF 2018, we’ll explore these questions facing organizations.
As open-minded, inquiry-driven org designers, we recognize the need to seek ideas from “outside the box,” and build a rich toolbox of design approaches and methods. Organization Design continues to evolve along with the organizations we serve in creating resilient, versatile, adaptive and innovative organizations.
Join a group of experienced, committed, passionate practitioners to learn and share the needs and solutions that advance organizational capacities to more nimbly adapt and innovate.
615 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Conference Rate $189+tax*
(for nights of April 23 – 25
based on availability thru 3/22/18)
or via telephone: ODF Conference
Home to the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a warm and welcoming North American town with a vibrant energy, sophisticated charm, and beautiful natural surroundings. The town is well known for its cultural offerings, with abundant opportunities to enjoy the arts and culture scene, ranging from thought-provoking art exhibits to inspiring performances by jazz legends. Exclusive galleries with hands-on exhibits and exceptional museums. Noted as one of “America’s Best Main Streets”, you’ll be able to walk nearby to one of over 300 restaurants. Ann Arbor’s other accolades include:
*UofM’s Commencement activities are 4/26 – 4/29 and our conference rate is only available thru night of 4/25
If a room is needed on 4/26, we suggest reserving a room near DTW airport
This year’s selection of peer workshops offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for those looking to stretch their design thinking as well as for those looking to take home new tools and techniques. Workshops include topics on how to use social media tools in internal communications design, practices for scaling design capabilities, and how to apply natural systems principles to accelerate innovation. All of the workshops emphasize application and will give you the opportunity to engage with the workshop presenters and your fellow practitioners for a richer learning experience.
RICH THAYER, ZTC Consulting
BILL ZYBACH, ZTC Consulting
This session illustrates how to select among the four most common design methods based on what is the best fit-for-purpose given the specific combination of a business’s landscape, strategy and culture. The workshop also demonstrates how to build agility into the design process for greater sustainability, rather than bolting it on afterwards.
SALLY BREYLEY PARKER, TimeZero Enterprises, LLC
ARGERIE VASILAKES, TimeZero Enterprises, LLC
For years, our organizations have looked to the practices of other organizations in their search for ideas about addressing and solving the critical challenges we face. What if we expanded our search to include some of the most productive and healthy systems on the planet … the natural ecosystems that surround us.
JASON KNIGHT, Vitals
ALLISON POLLARD, Improving
Explore uncertainty and share experiences stretching leaders’ outside their comfort zones to facilitate organizational change. If you are struggling with leaders who are uncomfortable with agile change, join Jason and Allison to amplify your expertise by learning techniques to meet leaders where they are and form a stronger partnership. . .
ANTHONY COBB, Whirlpool Corporation
DOUG HAALAND, PhD, Whirlpool Corporation
What do you do when you are the #1 Major Appliance Manufacturer in the World and competitors want to overtake you? You INNOVATE! Learn how the #1 Major Appliance Manufacturer in the World is evolving to remain competitive with innovation and organization design at the forefront of its global evolution.
MELISSA GOODSON, PhD, College of St. Scholastica
How can social tools like Yammer and Slack be used to collaborate with stakeholders? Discuss how to keep employees engaged in healthy communication with social workplace platforms.
CHRISTIN MERKEL, Verizon
Verizon is disrupting itself and the industry through innovation and investment in growth businesses at the same time that it is transforming to deliver the mobile, digital-first experiences that make a difference in customers’ lives, requiring significant business model shifts. Hear the Verizon story, the organization design implications, as well as the challenges her OD team faces, as they assist and accelerate these efforts.
The Organization Design Forum devotes the day before the conference to workshops that build knowledge, skills and competence for our different types of practitioners. It is our goal to help elevate and deepen the practice of organization design by offering learning opportunities that enable or support the field.
This year we are offering two full-day sessions:
What is organization design? How does one think about it? How does one do it? If you are new to the field, or find yourself simply wanting to learn more about its foundation, these may be your questions. This engaging, fast-paced program will build your awareness, understanding, knowledge, and ability to move forward as a learning and emerging practitioner of organization design.
This collaborative workshop is intended to share the principles of Customer Experience (CX) strategy and to practice the methods and tools of the discipline in the context of organization design. Together, we will apply methods and tools from Design Thinking such as Empathy Mapping, Experience Mapping, Appreciative Inquiry, and Prototyping to the organization design process. We will also share insights from research conducted by IBMiX.
The conference format allows for maximum learning and connection. We include a mix of cutting edge plenary speakers and sessions led by peers that will explore such topics as: the changing nature of work, the impact on work space, the ways that design intersects with Big Data, and the evolution of our capabilities as organization design practitioners. We also include time to connect with other participants in ways that boost your knowledge and networks.
And, back by popular demand on the second day of the conference, the “Organization Design Bazaar”.
The Bazaar is an energetic open forum where conference attendees exchange organization design ideas, practices, challenges and information related to our conference theme: DESIGNING FOR AGILITY & INNOVATION
Our intention is:
“ODF conferences present information relative to the practice of organization design and organization development from the basics, including theory, to cutting edge ideas and practices. It’s an excellent return on investment for practitioners and academics.”
“This was, unquestionably, the finest professional conference of its kind I have ever attended.”
Considering bringing your team . . .”The ODF conference helps to create space to think, push, innovate and absorb…all things that add value to attendees and benefit their respective communities and organizations. Our company has sponsored many team members in attending – this only heightens our ability to leverage our learnings when we’re back in our day jobs. Having several senior level leaders who have the same context for our “next level” discussions has been phenomenal. “
“From the “I appreciate” board:
– All the great (& real stories) from people wrestling with fascinating org challenges!
– Meeting so many people in the community, hearing about real/interesting examples, & challenging my assumptions.
– The opennes and warmth of my fellow attendees. I felt so welcomed!!
– The ability to network with people a lot smarter than me!
Students register for $495*
Share the code CKOUTODF* with a first time conference attendee
and they save $149 . . .
and if you attend, to recognize your support
to grow the community,
we’ll put you in a drawing for
a $200 Amazon Gift Card
*Student Registration Fee is not eligible for the first time attendee discount