Om has been working in the games industry for 15+ years in several leadership and UX roles, building teams, processes & pipelines. He has been creating massively entertaining & monetising experiences for worlds best known IP's & brands including Star Trek, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Hasbro, Ice Age, My Little Pony, Wizard of OZ, Marvel and many more.
He has a bachelors in Economic (Honours) and an advanced diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design. He is very passionate about innovation and is a certified Design Thinking workshop facilitator with 70+ workshops under his belt. Om has worked across the globe in multicultural settings, from jobs in India, NewZealand to Ireland.
Currently Om heads The UXR department at WildLife Studios (A top 50 mobile games publisher worldwide) known for its genre charting games like Tennis clash, Zooba and War Machines. He manages a distributed team of UX researchers and designers worldwide, building a first of its kind HCD based games innovation and UX design institution.
As the value of high-quality research is being acknowledged in companies this is leading to researchers being placed within decentralised product teams. But how do you ensure that these people have the support that they need to be able to deliver effective research considering the breadth of skills and techniques required in modern research?
In this session, Om talks through insights from building a world class UX and Research team within 6 months. Om will discuss how the team works best alongside data scientists, software engineers, PM's, Directors and other business stakeholders to deliver multiple projects. Topics Om will address include:
- Approach to educating the company divisions and stakeholders on the value of UX & Human Centred Design (HCD)
- What it means to manage a team of diverse UX designers and User Researchers
- Building digital capability of the wider org - more aligned delivery
As you can imagine, having a partner work in the same field provides some interesting dinner table discussions, from work techniques and approaches to the personal side of values, boundaries, and fears. That’s exactly the case for Om and Pavitra Tandon who both have built successful careers in the field of UX. We’ll be sitting down for an open conversation on their viewpoints of how they’ve navigated their careers in UX and how they mastered helping (and consciously not helping) each other take risks and thrive.