Episode 40

Designing your career and embracing the individual contributor role with Catt Small

Published on: 24th May, 2022

Catt Small is a cat lover, karaoke singer, writer, and gamer. She’s currently leading the design of Goals at Asana and in this episode, we go deep into her vision of design management and the key elements to building a successful design team, as well as senior designers’ leadership. Do you want to know what the day-to-day work inside Asana’s Goals Product Team is like? Get ready to join this interesting conversation and discover it.

Jump straight into:

(01:19) - Introducing Catt Small - How does she get to be so consistent with all her hobbies and work?

(06:57) - Game design: How many games has she designed and what are the genres that they fall into?

(12:42) -  When digital design was just a niche field: Catt shares memories and lessons from her first years as a designer.

(18:56) - On design management, the importance of having a senior designer around and what Catt’s notion of career growth looks like.

(24:46) - The need for a vision: What does Catt’s day-to-day work is like inside Asana’s Goals Product Team?

(31:23) - Think about potential: Where is Catt’s main focus when it comes to building a team with values aligned?

Episode Resources:

Connect with Catt through LinkedIn and Twitter

Catt Small | Homepage

Catt Small TEDx Talk

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