PDX Lunch & Learn: Project Management for Design Systems

Event Details

Nov 14, 2018
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204

TAO Member: $10

Non-Member: $25



Whether you’ve been in technical project management for one year or 30 years, the emergence of any new technology will cause you to go back to the drawing board, reimagining the most effective path to team productivity and quality end product.

Design systems seem to be the hottest topic rolling around the design and development world these days. There are myriad articles, forums and Slack channels where designers and developers can collaborate and learn about how to implement a Design System where they work. However, there is a void in information relating to the Design System’s central team role: the Producer and Project Manager.

Basalt and Technology Association of Oregon invite you to a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, November 14th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Mercy Corps where Nam Ho, EVP Delivery at Basalt, an executive who focuses solely on the delivery of Design Systems, will share specific challenges and benefits that have emerged as the technology itself has become more prevalent in the industry.

Learn more about how Project Management is affected by the adoption of the Design System philosophy and how best practices can be applied to quickly propel teams forward and effectively produce quality digital products.


Nam Ho
EVP Delivery - Basalt

Nam’s energy, enthusiasm, and passion for technology drive his consistent delivery of polished end products. Nam oversees the execution of every moving element of a project and fosters communication and iterative planning at each phase – from strategy to development to implementation. Working closely with clients and our core management, Nam builds cohesive, collaborative development teams that ensure every phase of the project runs smoothly stays on schedule and remains within budget. Nam has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Twitter, Workday, Johnson & Johnson, and many others.

Nam employs many years of insight and experience with software projects in high-tech firms in delivering software rapidly, efficiently, and with minimal risk.


The conversation will be most relevant for Developers, Designers, Project Managers, Brand Managers for Large and Enterprise Companies, and Design System Enthusiasts .

We believe that Design Systems and Component-Driven Development empowers businesses to be their best selves. We create APIs for brands, using libraries of components that power stunning user experiences across the web. We believe in efficiency, consistency, and design reusability. Our US-based team brings dozens of years of experience in design and technology. We have worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including NBC, Pinterest, Twitter, Apple, Time, NBA, Turner, Major League Soccer, and the United Nations. The sites and applications we create for our clients build better experiences for developers, designers, and users. Basalt, a type of igneous rock commonly found in the northwestern United States, represents our belief that quality design and scalable components are key to building every iteration of your brand’s presence with maintainability, economy, and elegance.