Ben Callahan

President, Sparkbox

Ben Callahan

President, Sparkbox

A Maturity Model for Design Systems

Ben and his team at Sparkbox have been working hard to better understand the context and role of design systems in organizations of all sizes. As a part of that work, a model of design system maturity has evolved. In this session, Ben will share this model along with various contexts (the origin story of the system, healthy and unhealthy versions of each stage, how this is impacted by startup vs enterprise culture, etc.). You'll be able to identify where your system fits in the model as well as the challenges you'll face to reach the next stage. In addition, you'll learn what to be thinking about and measuring early so that you can prove value later in the life of your system. Learning Objectives - understanding the various ways a system can mature - understanding what metrics are critical for healthy design system growth - understanding of differences to be aware of in "top down" vs "grass roots" design system origin stories - understanding key challenges and priorities for each stage of growth - understanding the steps needed to mature in a sustainable way - understanding the stabilizing and destabilizing factors in design system work

About

Ben has years of experience in standards-based web development and design systems. His background as a software engineer and website designer gives him a valuable balance of technical skill and creativity, which he uses to guide his team at Sparkbox. He's committed to the growth and development of his employees and to fostering an open, healthy, diverse culture at the company.