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A journey from design manager to founder

Jonny Burch

Progression @ Founder

As humans we all want a successful, fulfilling career. But what does a ‘good’ career look like when we’re faced with an ever-changing set of technologies and a skillset that’s being defined under our feet? How do we know we’re focused on the right things? Enter the spreadsheet. Product leaders across the world are using hand-made tools to define what ‘good’ looks like for their teams. They hope to help people feel like they know what’s expected of them and how to grow in the right direction. At Progression Jonny’s spent the last 18 months researching their efforts and looking for something better. He believes that a better way lies beyond the reach of any one company. To achieve career nirvana we all need to work together to build defining careers, not just jobs. Jonny will take you through his learnings and give you the tools to both map your team’s dream careers and follow your own.
JAM Barcelona 2019
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About Jonny

Jonny is a designer and the founder of Progression, a product focused on helping folks in tech teams to describe, map and grow their skills. Progression allows leaders to create flexible and industry-tested progression frameworks for current and future team members to measure themselves against.

For the last seven years Jonny has led product design teams in tech. Most recently he scaled the consumer and growth groups at Deliveroo as the company grew from 150 to 2000 employees and 12 countries around the world.

Having experienced first hand the pain of scaling teams fast, Jonny took the plunge from design leader to founder. In February 2018 he resigned from Deliveroo and launched Progression with the mission of helping to answer the age-old question ‘How do I grow at work?’.

Since starting late last year – and with zero funding – he’s enlisted a number of London tech’s most celebrated design teams. But this is just the start.

Next up? A future where anyone can build their skills with the same care and autonomy that they do their work. Better, fairer, more fulfilling careers for all.

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