Tom Allison

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Ehrenamt, Google Launchpad Head Mentor for Product Strategy & UX / Design Sprint Master, Google Germany GmbH

Berlin, Germany


UX in an Agile development context
Information Architecture
Usability Engineering
Interaction Design
User Experience Design
Masters in Information Science
Human-Computer Interaction
University of Michigan School of Information; Hig
Menlo Innovations; Information Architect OVPR
Sagient; Masters in Neuroscience
University of Michigan Neuroscience Program; Behav
Chemistry Research
Writing skills
Editing experience
Teaching children
Teaching university students
Teaching adults
Presentation skills


Professional experience for Tom Allison

  • Current 9 years and 1 month, since Sep 2014

    Google Launchpad Head Mentor for Product Strategy & UX / Design Sprint Master

    Google Germany GmbH

    I served on a volunteer basis as a UX Mentor in Germany's first ever Google Launchpad for early stage startups and am helping to nurture and shape the program, going forward, as the Head Mentor for UX, Product Strategist, Google Design Expert and Certified Google Design Sprint Master.

  • 2 years and 6 months, Sep 2017 - Feb 2020

    Managing Director at UX&I, Berlin

    UX&I GmbH

    • Worked on customer acquisition, managed initial team and project set up and managed team performance and customer relationships on large collaborations with CodeCenteric involving mixed design and development teams • Ran multiple Google Design Sprints: e.g., for Tommy Hilfiger, Siemens,, EnBW • Spearheaded a complex collaboration with CodeCentric and AWS to develop the Digital Innovations Studio in Berlin based on principles of Rapid Application Development and paired-design practices

  • 1 year and 1 month, Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

    Senior Advisor in Matters of User Experience


  • • Lectured on methods for design evaluation • Coached and evaluated 18 students with semester projects

  • 1 year and 3 months, May 2015 - Jul 2016

    Chief Experience Officer


    • Introduced Agile practice to company • Developed target personas and customer journey for products • Defined UX practice and hired 4 UX designers • Helped to grow the company from 10 to 50 employees as part of management team • Contributed to successful raising of venture capital series A funding round

  • 7 months, Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

    Senior User Experience Designer

    Delivery Hero Holding GmbH

    • Introduced UX practices to company • Led management in identifying target personas for flagship mobile products • Conducted user research in 4 cities • Helped craft proposal for UX practices in global holdings

  • 2 years and 3 months, Apr 2011 - Jun 2013

    Senior User Experience Architect

    myphotobook GmbH

    • Integration of UX activities in an Agile development environment • UCD via personas, scenarios, wireframes and continual testing • Field research, interviews and in situ system tests • Development of a “bug triage” process to prioritize system issues • Software, web and mobile application design and development

  • 4 years and 11 months, May 2006 - Mar 2011

    User Experience (UX) Researcher and Designer


    • Stakeholder meetings and workshops • Information architecture development and communication via personas, sitemaps and wireframes Projects for: • BMW • Deutsche Post • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) • Humboldt University: Invited talk on Agile-Integrated UX

  • 1 year and 9 months, Apr 2004 - Dec 2005

    High Tech Anthropologist (R)

    Menlo Innovations

    • UX and business analysis for an Agile (XP) programming team • Stakeholder interviews • Interviews and observation of end users in their workplace contexts • Interface design, specification and on-going Agile adjustment • Show-and-Tell with team and sponsors, Estimation and Planning Game Projects for: • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) • Accuri Cytometer • JSTOR

  • 2 years and 11 months, May 2001 - Mar 2004

    Web Design and Development of PEERRS Instructional Website

    Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan

    • Defined Information architecture for the instructional website • Developed site in DHTML • Interviewed subject matter experts • Developed an integrated bug tracking system for the site • Conducted extensive usability testing of the site

  • 1 year, May 2000 - Apr 2001

    Project Manager & Programmer

    Economics Department, University of Michigan

    • Managed and participated in the development of a website that presents historical research on the Alger Hiss case • Designed and integrated the site’s database with MS Access and ColdFusion

  • 5 years and 9 months, Sep 1994 - May 2000

    Doctoral Candidate, Researcher and Instructor in Neuroscience

    University of Michigan

    • Designed and conducted research in neurobiology and behavioral neuroscience • Taught undergraduate courses as a graduate teaching assistant in chemistry, neurobiology and cognitive psychology • Founded a student organization focused on ethics in biomedical research

Educational background for Tom Allison

  • 2001 - 2004

    Information Science

    University of Michigan

    Human-Computer Interaction; Interaction Design; Information Architecture; Design of Systems and Services

  • 1994 - 1999


    University of Michigan

    Developmental Biology; Biopsychology

  • 1990 - 1994

    Chemistry, Philosophy

    University of Kansas


  • English

    First language

  • German


  • French



Permanent or project-based work
lively discussion about nearly anything
but especially
in this professional context
in the user-focused areas of software
service development and publishing
especially in the context of Agile processes
User Interface Design
Design for Usability
Usability Assessment
User Experience Design
Information Architecture
High-tech Anthropology
Opportunities for applying novel software development methodologies in a start up or adapting them to current businesses
Opportunities to champion user-centered
multi-interest-balanced software development
Extreme Programming
Agile software designer
User representative
Arbeit in den Bereichen: User Experience
Software Design
Mensch-Computer Interaktion.


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