Workshops with Josh Silverman - Toronto

Join Josh Silverman on October 23rd, to learn about Design Operations (DesignOps) Fundamentals and Storytelling and Presentations.


Pricing (in Canadian $):

Before October 7th (early-bird)

Half day: Members & DT Delegates: $150; Non-Members: $200

Full Day: Members & DT Delegates: $275; Non-Members: $375

After October 7th

Half day: Members & DT Delegates: $200; Non-Members: $245

Full Day: Members & DT Delegates: $325; Non-Members: $425

Lunch Not Included




Workshop Descriptions

Design Operations (DesignOps) Fundamentals

9:00am - 12:00pm

What is Design Operations (aka DesignOps) and how can it bring value to your organization, culture, and bottom line? The field of practice is relatively new to product teams and tech companies, but its purpose is to bridge teams and align work holistically. This combination workshop & lecture will teach you how to:

  • understand where the DesignOps practice emerged from
  • diagnose and socialize common concerns that DesignOps can solve
  • learn from case studies of ops practices in small, medium, and large organizations
  • identify partners and understand the qualities of a successful ops program, plus tips on making the case for the practice
  • equip your team with resources and tools to advance the ops practice


    Storytelling and Presentations

    1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Learn how to craft and execute a masterful story and ace that presentation. In this workshop we’ll balance a touch of theory with storytelling frameworks and plenty of practice. You’ll learn:

    • how to get started – hint: it’s not about what you know
    • methods, frameworks, and tools to plan your story
    • making your slides say less so you can say more
    • the critical difference between telling & selling
    • how to ask for and integrate feedback

    You are encouraged to bring an existing deck to practice with.


    About Josh Silverman

    For 25 years, Josh Silverman has created successful relationships through design. He speaks and hosts workshops globally, teaches and guest critiques nationally, and is always connecting people and communities. Currently, he is consulting in design operations for Salesforce and Blend, and advising startups. Most recently, he advised and designed for the portfolio of companies with Sequoia Design Lab, served as Twitter’s first hire in design operations, and was one of the founding designers of the IBM Cloud Garage. In 1997 he founded Schwadesign, a lean, holacratic-model business, where he managed diverse teams and scaled the business for 18 years. Together, their work was recognized by The Wall Street Journal,, The Boston Globe, and more. His wide range of clients have included startups (iRobot, Buildium, Trinity Pharma), educational institutions (MIT, Harvard Medical School, Brown University), global corporations (UBS, Wells Fargo, Accenture), cities (Providence, RI, and Bethesda, MD), non-profits (American Heart Association, Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and many more. Josh is preternaturally curious about patterns in decision making and the shapes of teams. On the daily, he is driven by great pairings, trusting relationships, and long bike rides.