Organizations face increasingly complex challenges in re-inventing their work – from leveraging the right technology, to designing optimal organizations, to creating the right human experiences. In this age of digital design and transformation, we are often faced with paradoxical challenges, which can put people-centered outcomes at odds with technological priorities.

How do we design to enable technology that truly supports people working in new and innovative ways? How do we digitize and keep people engaged in meaningful work? How do we organize for 21st century business speed and keep pace with practical people and customer needs? At ODF’s 2019 conference, we’ll explore these critical questions facing organizations today.

Join a group of experienced, committed, and passionate practitioners near Seattle, April 16 – 18, 2019. We’re bringing thought leaders together to explore Technology in Service of People; The Art and Science of Transforming Our Work – be a part of it!

View/Download a 2019 Conference Brochure

We are excited to have so many attendees planning to join us, but have, unfortunately reached the maximum capacity for our plenary meeting space.  If you would like to be added to a waitlist if a seat were to open up, please reach out to Tanya at info@organizationdesignforum.org.

For those looking to make travel arrangements:

  • Sessions start @ 8 AM each morning
  • Breakfast will be available @ 7 AM
  • Lunch will be served each day
  • We will be hosting a casual reception Tuesday @ ~6:30 PM
  • Dinners are on your own, but we encourage you to connect with fellow attendees
  • The last session on Thursday will conclude by 12:30 PM, followed by lunch . . . so you can schedule an afternoon flight home

PLENARY SESSIONS

How People-First Design Unlocks Employees’ Superpowers


Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow

In this rapidly changing digital world, how can we design an organizational structure that is based on a people-first approach?

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Designing a High Integrity Organization


Ron Carucci, Author & Co-Founder, Navalent

In the face of AI, AR, robotics, and other accelerating technology advances, is it safe to be fully human these days inside an organization? How do we design workplaces where humans and technology both thrive with integrity?

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The Road to Sustainable Modernization
Runs Through Collaborative Redesign

Kellye Testy, CEO, Law School Admissions Council
Mark LaScola, Managing Principal, ON THE MARK

For former Law School Dean and LSAC CEO, Kellye Testy, modernizing its operating model quickly while genuinely engaging its staff from the start was a fundamental requirement. Leveraging OTM’S collaborative approach engaging key stakeholders, customers, its board and the entire employee population, the redesign took less than one year to complete.

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Socio-Technical Design Solutions
for Digitally-Enabled Organizations:
Learnings from a Multi-Company Design Lab

facilitated by Bill Pasmore, Stu Winby, & Sue Mohrman
and consortium reps to include BASF, Google, Magellan, and Nike

The speed of development of advanced technologies has far exceeded knowledge of how to adjust our organizations and work systems to take advantage of the new capabilities. We share learnings about organization design that are emerging from a nine-company consortium participating in a longitudinal STARLab process to advance knowledge of the design and leadership of digitally enabled organizations. These companies are in the midst of fundamental organizational transformations, moving from an initiative driven transformation to a full systems shift. The session will focus on the common organization design and leadership challenges, and the socio-technical solutions they are generating.

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THE MUSIC PARADIGM: Roger Nierenberg, conductor and creator – An engaging and unforgettable learning experience using a live professional orchestra led by Maestro Nierenberg in an unscripted exploration of organizational dynamics

PEER WORKSHOPS

Our peer workshops offer 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. We feature dynamic, outside the box thinkers who will engage our conference participants in diverse conversation and experiential learning. ODF is committed to providing a conference experience that inspires, connects, enables, and supports the exciting work of organization design with our community of experienced, committed, enthusiastic practitioners looking to learn and share client needs and solutions that advance organizational capacities to more nimbly adapt and innovate.

Confirmed to date:

ADAPTIVE ORGANIZATION DESIGN:
ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY WALK INTO DISORDER

DAVID NOLL & DUYEN BUI, Boeing

Explore a framework for identifying and evaluating Obvious, Complicated, Complex and Chaotic environments and demonstrate adapting organizational design methods to each of those domains.

DESIGNING AND NAVIGATING ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE SHIFTS
TO MATCH DIGITAL ERA DEMANDS

IRADA SADYKHOVA, Microsoft

This session is intended to share Microsoft’s journey towards an organizational culture that unlocks customer value, innovation, agility, and learning to match digital era demands. It is also designed to share the flexible, yet focused, change approach that pursues behavioral shifts, systemic processes and practices change, and effective storytelling.

ENTERPRISE DESIGN THINKING by IBM
Operate in a Customer-Centric, Outcome-Focused, and Iterative Way
at Scale, with Speed and Minimal Risk

RAY DeLaPENA, IBM

IBM Blockchain strives to deliver exceptional experiences by focusing on user outcomes via the use of Enterprise Design Thinking, which is traditionally a product focused approach. When applied to large, complex enterprise situations there are different needs, challenges, and approaches to deliver successful outcomes.

HOW HIGH-PERFORMANCE ORGANIZATIONS ARE UNLOCKING TRAPPED PRODUCTIVITY FROM AI & ROBOTICS

KEVIN M. OSBORNE, INSTITUTE FOR CORPORATE PRODUCTIVITY

Leveraging data from a brand new i4cp study, learn how high-performance organizations are leveraging advanced work automation (AI, robotics, etc.) in the workplace as well as in the HR function.

RE-DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE SALES MODEL
FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

SUSAN FLEETWOOD, Microsoft

This session is intended to share Microsoft’s journey transforming its commercial and consumer sales model. Grounded in its organizational culture and operating as One Microsoft, it was designed with compelling vision and strategy, clear design principles, synchronized execution, and a thoughtful change approach.

GALLERY WALK/POSTER SESSIONS

The afternoon of Day 2, we are shaking things up a bit in 2019. . .

We are looking for dynamic, outside the box thinkers who will engage our conference participants in diverse conversation and experiential learning.  Submit a proposal to present a Poster Session in our Gallery Walk of Organization Design Projects for an high engagement practicum of knowledge sharing to:

  1. raise awareness of the practical design work going on by community members, key focus – digital themes and challenges;
  2. increase dialog about differences and similarities in designs and design processes and;
  3. offer high involvement discussion of the practice of real-world design by practitioners in all stages of their careers
  4. a great opportunity to showcase different forms of documentation

We are pleased to hold this year’s conference at an idyllic location on Lake Washington

WOODMARK HOTEL & STILL SPA
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
800-822-3700

Sleeping rooms at Woodmark have sold out, the next closest hotels are:

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

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.

DESIGNING FLOURISHING ORGANIZATIONS
USING LIVING SYSTEMS PRINCIPLES

1:00 – 5:00 PM

with
SALLY BREYLEY PARKER, TimeZero Enterprises, LLC
SUE MOHRMAN, Center for Effective Organizations
(Pre-Conference) Workshop Fee $149

In this session, we will explore principles, strategies, and practices of the Flourishing Living Systems platform and their practical application to organization design. Through applied biomimicry, we will delve into the emergent properties of healthy ecosystems and how to draw on these as design principles in organizations. We will examine the creative role of generative tensions in living systems and how to design to optimize the natural flow of these tensions. We will offer design strategies for creating conditions for flourishing and practical design insights based upon the adaptive cycle of ecological systems. The session will include frameworks and tools, case discussions, and opportunities for participants to think creatively about how to incorporate these concepts into their design practices.

INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATION DESIGN:
THEORY AND PRACTICE

12:00 – 5:00 PM

with
NUALA CAMPANY, PhD
(Pre-Conference) Workshop Fee $149

Are you new to the field of organization design? Do you want to better understand more about its foundation and methodology? If so, this engaging, fast-paced program will build your awareness, understanding, knowledge, and ability to move forward as an emerging practitioner of organization design.

WHAT WE HEARD AFTER OUR 2018 CONFERENCE . . .

Most conferences give you information with a fire hose, this one, however, was extremely well balanced! There was a great mix of active participation, listening, networking, and time to process. As a first time attendee, I had no idea what to expect, and I will definitely attend again!

The structure of the week was exceptional – from thinkers like Chris Worley and Chris White, to companies who could model application of concepts and results like Menlo, to conference peers and our conversations about current evolution of our teams and organizations. It was a terrific week with balance of organizations and insightful individuals.

This was a great conference and a good mix of plenaries,peer workshops with excellent information and participation, field trip and a company to help solve some issues.  The plenaries were terrific!

Conference Fee $1895

Save $400!!
Register for $1495 until 02/01/19

Students register for $495*

Refer a first time conference attendee . . . 
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

View/Download a 2019 Conference Brochure

SINCERE GRATITUDE TO
OUR GENEROUS SPONSOR

ServiceNow makes work, work better for people. Our cloud-based platform and products streamline and simplify how work gets done. We deliver digital experiences that help people do their best work fast, creating great employee and customer experiences. ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) works for you. To learn more, visit ServiceNow.com