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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Playwriting, Imagination, and Agile Software Development … Oh My!

Agile practitioners are constantly striving to improve their processes and delivery to gain a competitive edge. To become a cross-functional T-shaped rock star, you have to be open to learning from other disciplines and adapting quickly. Tania Katan knows a little about crossing disciplines and adapting at a breakneck pace. She is a playwright by training who recently made the audacious leap into software. Tania helps you find your inner “T” so you will have the breadth and depth to take on the unpredictability of software development with the imagination and insights of a playwright. Exploring the parallels between agile principles and similar methodologies used by playwrights and performers, she will show you how to create tools that are more relevant and resonant to your intended audience. Tania shares stories and experiences about her own cross-functional team at Axosoft and how their commitment to being agile, conscious, and collaborative led her to co-create the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress.

Tania Katan

The creative instigator of the international viral campaign #itwasneveradress, Tania Katan is an award-winning author and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs! Tania made the audacious leap into technology and is currently the evangelist for Axosoft—because every rock star company needs a punk! She has been a featured speaker at Business of Software, Social Innovation Summit, i.d.e.a. Museum, S.H.E. Summit, TEDx, and more. Tania’s work has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, TIME, and BuzzFeed. She is a certified anti-bias and diversity trainer through the Anti-Defamation League.