Alison Sharp

Meld Studios

Using design thinking to evolve company purpose and structure

Topic

Meld believes that an organisation needs to be set-up and run well before it can deliver good experiences to its customers and employees. It must be clear on its purpose, the outcomes it expects and how it enables and supports its employees.

As a local leader in “design thinking”, Meld is applying this methodology to itself. Conducting live experiments that challenge traditional working practice, and exploring new decision-making processes.

Hear what has been done, and learn from the successes — and failures!

This session will cover:

  • connecting everyday activities and decisions back to our shared purpose and goals
  • pros and cons of delivering an “ideal” employee experience
  • mindsets and language: tips for understanding each other and moving forward together

Profile

Alison has 18 years experience growing and managing teams around the world, including design teams at Orange in the UK/France, and Westpac and Meld Studios in Australia.

As General Manager of Meld Studios, Alison oversees all areas of the business—from defining its purpose, goals and strategy to forecasting its financial health and designing its staff and studio experience. She uses a collaborative and iterative approach for all of this, positioning Meld Studios as a live prototype to test progressive approaches to organisation design. Alison identifies as a Maori woman from Te Whanau-a-Apanui tribe on the East Coast of New Zealand and actively designs for equality in the workplace.

Produced by Step Two, DEX 2019 is all about bringing great digital employee experiences to the modern workplace. Revel in two streams of presentations, with 24 great speakers from Australia and internationally.
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