Amplifying Design Teams

Through consulting and workshop offerings, Peter Merholz helps companies get the most out of their design organizations.

A little About Peter

Peter Merholz has worked at the intersection of design, technology, and humans for over 25 years. He co-founded Adaptive Path, the premier user experience consultancy, acquired by Capital One in 2014. 

Since leaving Adaptive Path, he’s worked as a design leader and executive, leading teams at Groupon, OpenTable, Jawbone, Capital One, Snagajob (now Snag), and Kaiser Permanente. 

Peter has long been a contributor to the professional design community, through his writing, conference speaking, and events hosting. 

In 2016 he co-wrote Org Design for Design Orgs, still the premier book on building in-house design teams.

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Design orgs are their own greatest impediment to success in recruiting and hiring

Every design manager knows there’s an intense war for talent.  It’s been going on for the past 15 years, and has definitely ratcheted up in the past 12-18 months.  Last year, I supported one team that grew from 14 in March to over 40 by the end of the year. This wasn’t some sexy tech company—it was enterprise SaaS supporting HR. I point this out because, even

From the Weeds to the Board Room—How Design Leaders shift from managing down to up and out

From a VP of Design I work with: “I had to have an intense conversation with someone on my team, who is struggling with the shift from Design Manager to Design Director. The Product Lead this Director works with has started reaching out to me again. When I dug into it with her, I found that she’s still doing the thing that Product Managers love, getting into

Consulting

Whether for 2 hours or 2 weeks or 2 months or 2 years, Peter adopts a consulting program that specifically meets your needs to help design organizations amplify their effectiveness. 

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Training

Peter has conducted training, both internally and at public events, for over 15 years. He has developed a set of workshops and structured conversations to help improve the operations of design organizations, and to improve practices of design leadership. 

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Org Design for Design Orgs

The first book to help people understanding how to best establishing successful in-house design teams. Co-written by Peter Merholz and Kristin Skinner, and drawing on their experience from building Adaptive Path, and working in-house at such companies as Capital One, Groupon, Microsoft, and OpenTable. 

Covers subjects such as:

  • Organizational models for design teams
  • Recruiting and hiring designers
  • Professional development and career ladders
  • Design culture and collaboration with other
  • People management of designers 

Visit the website for Org Design for Design Orgs, including a blog with plenty of new thinking.