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Upcoming Industry Talk on Design Thinking and Agile by Vivekanand Jayakrishnan and Franziska Konnopka of Zalando SE

Post-talk update: The talk slides are now available.

We will host an industry talk on “Design Thinking and Agile” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Vivekanand Jayakrishnan and Franziska Konnopka, Zalando SE
  • about: Design Thinking and Agile
  • on: December 13th, 2018, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: IAV DigiLab, Hallerstr. 6, 1. OG, Berlin (Charlottenburg)
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series


One of the reasons often cited for the failure of software development projects to deliver right outcomes is the lack of alignment between business and user needs. It is common knowledge that Agile development methodologies deliver results. While Agile provides an effective problem solving framework, it doesn’t necessarily ensure that one is solving the right problem. Design Thinking helps one identify the right problem to solve and aligns business and user needs. This talk will focus on how Design Thinking and Agile Development works and how it is done in practice at Zalando.


Vivek is a certified Scrum Master and has more than a decade of industry experience in the Banking and Retail domain. He has predominantly worked as an Analyst, building optimization models, Project Manager and an Agile Coach. He is passionate about Design Thinking and Agile. And loves to talk about how Agile can work in the Data Science world. He is currently employed with Zalando SE for over 2 years, coaching teams on adopting creative problem solving. He has worked with Target Inc and JP Morgan Chase in the past.

Franziska is a project manager. She is coordinating company wide Projects with 60+ Engineering Teams and driving reliability topics & mindset as a Program Manager for the Site Reliability Engineering Team.


  1. Gerhard Müller Avatar

    Is the talk recorded? I would love to be at Berlin, but I can`t 🙁

    1. Dirk Riehle Avatar

      Sadly, we won’t record it, sorry!

  2. Ray Avatar

    See both of them in person in class 🙂

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