Conference archive

Mobile Dev + Test 2017 - Product Owner

Wednesday, April 26

Jaimee Newberry

Mobile App Project Kick Off: Get It Right the First Time

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

The critical steps that need to happen before coding starts are all-too-often brushed over or skipped entirely. Developers, testers, product owners, and anyone at any level who is looking to refine or plan the critical UX portion of either a new product or revamping an existing product will benefit from this tutorial. Because user experience (UX) will make or break every new app, you have to get it right the first time. Jaimee Newberry explores brand/product voice and personality questions that help teams quickly map out the direction that affects everything—product experience, visual...

Jaimee Newberry

Super Rad Brainstorming

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Ever had a brainstorming session that failed to produce the quality results you hoped for? Think you already have good brainstorming sessions but know there’s room for improvement? Facilitating Super Rad Brainstorming sessions for eons now, Jaimee Newberry is an industry leader in improving brainstorming skills and surfacing incredible ideas. Work together as Jaimee facilitates a dialogue-based session that highlights tips and tricks for making your own brainstorming sessions more productive. Learn what supplies to bring, how to prepare for a session, and how to handle common sticking...

Thursday, April 27

Dona Sarkar

A Screenless Future Is Closer Than You Think

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Somewhere near you is a device with a screen. You can’t live without that device. In fact, you are reading this right now on that—or another—device. Within a few years, the screens that we so depend on today will begin to disappear. After all, we are analog creatures, and we are meant to experience the world without the confining boundaries of two-dimensional screens. What is this “screenless future,” and what tech advancements are being made right now to make it real? Dona Sarkar is experiencing first-hand this new future in her role as principal product manager at HoloLens, working to...

Jaimee Newberry

Designing Software for the Present and the Future: What’s Your Why?

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Better and more meaningful results always happen when your team has clarity of vision around why they're doing what they're doing. Jaimee Newberry says that the future is about getting technology out of the way of our everyday functions and actions while using it to enhance lives in every conceivable way. We must be thinking far beyond what’s next. The process is almost always about people, and most people need to ease into change. As software designers, we need to be thinking several futures down the road and breaking that vision into baby steps so people won’t freak out or think “too...

TJ Usiyan
The Iron Yard

A Coded Mind: From Ideas and Assumptions to Applications

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

We tend to imagine code as a construct wholly separate from the subjectivity of the human mind. However, time and time again we prove that systems and applications are extensions of our thought process—for better and for worse. Our assumptions and our ideas are magnified when captured in code—for better and for worse. TJ Usiyan asserts that overlooking this idea has led to unfortunate expectations of the software that we write and poor results for those meant to use it. Join TJ as he describes tools you can employ to reveal overlooked audiences, avoid unforced errors in products and...

Friday, April 28


Enterprise IoT: Solving the Challenges of the Smart City

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

The Internet of Things is bringing unprecedented levels of instrumentation and insights, drawing from the vast advances brought about by the industrial, mobile, and internet revolutions. While people are already comfortable with connected fitness devices, thermostats, and home security, IoT for urban environments and the enterprise is still in its infant stage and evolving quickly. Gary Garcia maintains that the digitalization of enterprises and the cities where they reside will fundamentally change the way businesses interact with their employees and customers—and how governments interact...