Years ago, when I was working for one of my product mentors, Matte Scheinker, in an attempt to reboot AOL surprised that we didn’t have any information architects on staff, as it wasn’t even a job title in the HR system anymore. He turned to me and asked, “Well, how many IAs does a company need?” So I thought about that question before answering and then said, “At least one.”
This got me thinking that somebody in the company needs to be the chief information architect to do the hard work of mapping the problem/opportunity space and the meaning and purpose of the product in that larger system.
This talk will share how a major component of product leadership requires the skills of a senior information architect, and explains how you can leverage these proficiencies to find your way into the C-Suite.
Systems thinking, product architecture, org design, roadmapping, and design ops all lean heavily on the IA skillset. Learn how to make a case for information architecture in all of those contexts, as you demonstrate your readiness to lead.
About the speakers
Christian Crumlish has a decade’s experience leading product teams, with several decades of UX success behind that. He is currently product lead for COVID-19 features at the Office of Digital Innovation of the state of California, responsible for California’s pandemic website. Last year he built a product team at PathCheck Foundation, a volunteer open-source nonprofit privacy-first pandemic solution platform for COVID-19, now focusing on vaccine distribution. He consults on product and UX leadership at Design in Product, where he also hosts a community that explores the overlap between UX design and product management.
Formerly, he was head of product at 7 Cups, winner of the 2016 Stanford Medicine X Prize for health systems design and a 2019 World Economic Forum Pioneer. He has also co-chaired the monthly BayCHI program, was a director of product at CloudOn, was director of messaging products for AOL, was the last curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and served two terms as a director of the late lamented Information Architecture Institute.
He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People (McGraw-Hill) and The Power of Many (Wiley), and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces (O’Reilly). Christian lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Briggs Nisbet, and an ever-growing collection of ukuleles.