Hayley Hughes

Hayley is a leader who helps organizations prepare for sustainable and systemic change. She believes in cultivating cultures of safety and belonging where teams feel empowered to do their best work. Her team's work is grounded in design system stewardship: the integrative practice of building systems from a deep understanding of human behavior, community, and culture.

In her spare time, Hayley is a casual gardener, endurance runner, and a regular at many breakfast taco shops in Austin where she's based.

Hayley Hughes

About the talk

Trust between teams

- Florence Gould Hall

When product teams aren’t working together, siloes between teams lead to fragmented user experiences. In contrast, a design system team is positioned to stitch together siloes and unify experiences across the organization. After occupying this unique role for nearly a decade within multiple organizations, I’m often asked, “What new approaches can be learned from design system teams, for whom cross-team collaboration is an everyday practice?”

This talk will cover organizational barriers to cross-team collaboration, and how to side-step limiting beliefs that hold teams back from working together. We’ll examine real examples of low-trust versus high-trust behaviors and leadership qualities that lead to healthy partnerships. Lastly, I’ll share strategies you can use to remove your teams’ tunnel vision and explore the spaces beyond their own work.

Trust between teams

- Online

When product teams aren’t working together, siloes between teams lead to fragmented user experiences. In contrast, a design system team is positioned to stitch together siloes and unify experiences across the organization. After occupying this unique role for nearly a decade within multiple organizations, I’m often asked, “What new approaches can be learned from design system teams, for whom cross-team collaboration is an everyday practice?”

This talk will cover organizational barriers to cross-team collaboration, and how to side-step limiting beliefs that hold teams back from working together. We’ll examine real examples of low-trust versus high-trust behaviors and leadership qualities that lead to healthy partnerships. Lastly, I’ll share strategies you can use to remove your teams’ tunnel vision and explore the spaces beyond their own work.

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