Day 2 - Thursday, Feb 2nd

  • 8:00AM

Doors Open

Doors open to the public

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Registration and Badge Pickup

  • 9:00AM - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks and Announcements

room: knight auditorium
  • 9:15AM - 10:00AM

+ Headline Keynote: Software development in the age of big data, natural interfaces, & artificial intelligence

With the proliferation of apps and connected devices, software has become ubiquitous in our daily lives. The speed at which new software must be created continues to rise, and the need to ensure its stability has become critical to our economy. As we enter an age of big data, natural user interfaces, and artificial intelligence, we can already see software changing faster than our ability to manage it.

How can software developers stay relevant as the pace of technology increases? We'll explore several trends impacting software development today and how developers should change their thinking about creating software.

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Darren Spurgeon

VP Technology & Business Development | Truth Technologies

room: knight auditorium
  • 10:15AM - 11:00AM

+ Managing UX Teams

Often times the projects we work on hit rough spots, snags, and even end up in crisis mode. Challenges can come in the form of clients who are tough to deal with, organizational politics, or strife within our own teams.

As managers (or leads) of design and product teams, we are often looked to for clarity, support, and resolution when things go sideways. How do we work through these scenarios as leaders, while managing the expectations of our teams and business partners, while keeping things moving forward despite the various challenges that we face?

In this talk, you will learn tips and techniques for managing through the ups and downs of the design process.

Managing stakeholders Managing expectations of stakeholders, customers, support/sales/account teams, and even designers. The value of building team consensus before things go into fire drill mode.

Managing your team The design manager’s role/deliverable in today’s design process (shipping is just the beginning). Managing vs. leading and the implications on teams and the challenges we face.

Managing the process Finding the sweet spot between sticking to process and remaining flexible. The balance between execution and maintaining principles. Foresight and avoiding blind spots. Learning what went sideways and how to address it for next time.

Aaron Irizarry

Director of UX | Nasdaq

room: 1053/1054 (UX LAB B)

+ The Invisible Interface

Can an interface truly be invisible? What does that mean anyway? Without being terribly pedantic we’ll contrast and compare what invisible and visible interfaces really mean, share 6 examples while discussing our natural processes when interacting with various interfaces and how technology has begun to create new natural processes.

Bermon Painter

Practice Manager, Experience Design | Cardinal Solutions

room: 1048/1049 (DEV LAB B)

+ Microservices & the modern IT stack, trends of tomorrow

Running technology is filled with a shiny new object of the day. Some of these technologies are a flash in the pan, while others are transformative. Learn about today's main trends, which are not only changing our infrastructures and applications, but also our organizations and cultures. Today's software systems have become decoupled, often described as microservices, which tend to match organizational and cultural designs. To be agile and decoupled, both the software and the organization must evolve...

Jonah Kowall

VP Market Development & Insights | AppDynamics

room: 1133 (DEV TRACK A)

+ DESIGN-A-THON: The RedZone Challenge (2hrs)

The RedZone team is challenging you to help improve their product's experience and user interface by applying your skills using real world practices and techniques.

Come alone or join a team and work together towards creating the ultimate experience.

Attendees on DAY 3, will present their solutions to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a cash prize!

You will be critiqued and judged on the following:

  • Ideation and concept
  • Your process and approach
  • Wireframes, drawings and or prototype of your user interface
  • Solution
  • Presentation

This challenge is for Designers, Developers, and anyone with different skillsets.

Teams will work together throughout the three days, alongside mentors in coming up with the ultimate solution. No experience required.

Come and join us on this ultimate challenge!

Adam Timothy Day

RedZone Map

room: knight auditorium
  • 11:15AM - 12:00PM

+ Who has the time to learn, grow and design?

From working as a freelancer to collaborating in teams, managing a group and becoming an Executive. The career path for a product designers - and developers - is maturing. But how do you grow on your career without losing touch with the creative passion that lead you to this field in the first place?

This presentation will show you how to grow and lead teams by staying ahead of the curve on new tools, efficient workflows and latest design trends while having fun and enabling others.

Get your cameras ready! This will be a display of curated resources that will transform the way you work and create new ideas.

Marcelo Paiva

Product Designer | Educator

ROOM: 1053/1054 (UX LAB B)

+ It's a shotgun wedding: DevOps & Security

This presentation will focus on why your organization needs to embrace shifting security into the DevOps SDLC. The impact of CI/CD are forcing a re-evaluation of commonplace application security practices and the realization that "after the fact" security is just a band-aide that can have a serious business impact.

Bob Masterson

Sr. Solutions Architect | Trident Security

room: 1048/1049 (DEV LAB B)

+ DESIGN-A-THON: The RedZone Challenge (2hrs)

The RedZone team is challenging you to help improve their product's experience and user interface by applying your skills using real world practices and techniques.

Come alone or join a team and work together towards creating the ultimate experience.

Attendees on DAY 3, will present their solutions to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a cash prize!

You will be critiqued and judged on the following:

  • Ideation and concept
  • Your process and approach
  • Wireframes, drawings and or prototype of your user interface
  • Solution
  • Presentation

This challenge is for Designers, Developers, and anyone with different skillsets.

Teams will work together throughout the three days, alongside mentors in coming up with the ultimate solution. No experience required.

Come and join us on this ultimate challenge!

Adam Timothy Day

Redzone Map

room: knight auditorium

  • 1:15PM - 2:00PM

+ Strategy’s Natural Habitat Revealed: Encouraging Creativity and Decisiveness When Starting Your Company Through Launching Your Product

The "Double Diamond" has been around for quite some time as a process model of product design and development to encourage both creativity and decisiveness. Variants of the original double diamond have emerged over time. We see double diamond models with different labels are different glimpses into a fuller process that includes the creativity and decisiveness that happened before the first diamond and will continue after the second diamond.

A fuller diamond model gives us a tool to understand process concepts and challenges beyond encouraging us to be more creative and decisive, revealing the natural habitat where both UX Design and UX Strategy and both Product Ownership and Product Strategy live in the larger product development lifecycle (PDLC)—of which Agile methodology is also a part.

Shane McWhorter, Ph.D.

Director of CX Strategy | Levatas

room: 1053/1054 (UX Lab B)

+ Monitoring and Instrumentation Strategies Tips & Best Practices

Monitoring is complicated, and in most organizations consists of far too many tools owned by too many teams. Fixing monitoring issues requires people, process, and technology. Hear common issues seen in the real world including what should be monitored or collected from a technology and a business perspective.

Investigate what instrumentation is most scalable and effective across languages, commonly used APIs, and possibilities for capturing data from common languages like Java, .NET, and PHP. Cover browser and mobile instrumentation techniques. Get tips on which APIs to use, what open source tools and frameworks can be leveraged, and how to coordinate and communicate requirements across your organization.

Jonah Kowall

VP Market Development & Insights | AppDynamics

room: 1133 (DEV LAB A)

+ Workshop: How to style in React without losing friends - (4hrs)

Aside from the 2016 presidential election, I don't know of another topic sure to cause more heated debate than how to style React components. I've seen grown adults brought to tears as they passionately defend one method over another.

My workshop will cover the main methods for styling in React. Through live code examples we will discover the pros and cons of each method and make recommendations based on your projects unique needs. By the end you should feel confident that there is hope! You can style React components without losing friends.

Sarrah Vesselov

UI/UX Manager | Women Who Code

room: 1048/1049 (DEV LAB B)
  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM

+ UX Content Strategy

Content is a bigger part of UX than often realized. What you present, how you present it, and the amount of information you present at each step can have a make or break it impact on your website or application. In this talk you will gain the information to help you assess if the content you are presenting is helping or hurting your user experience.

Mike Donahue

Lead UX Architect | Citrix

room: 1053/1054 (UX LAB B)

+ Workshop: How to style in React without losing friends - (4hr Continuation)

Aside from the 2016 presidential election, I don't know of another topic sure to cause more heated debate than how to style React components. I've seen grown adults brought to tears as they passionately defend one method over another.

My workshop will cover the main methods for styling in React. Through live code examples we will discover the pros and cons of each method and make recommendations based on your projects unique needs. By the end you should feel confident that there is hope! You can style React components without losing friends.

Sarrah Vesselov

UI/UX Manager | Women Who Code

room: 1048/1049 (DEV LAB B)

+ Workshop: The Art of the UX DEVELOPER with LESS and FLEX - 4hrs

We will go step by step through building the Front End of a product and the impact each layer has on it's user experience and our development.

We are going to do this by first breaking down a product design into sensible and repetitive markup that will improve consistency, quality, and manageability throughout the application.

While doing this we will solve common layout problems and talk about the importance of establishing patterns.

Then we will focus on styling our content while solving more layout problems and learning about technologies that can assist us, as well as take advantage of our markup patterns to create more consistency for our users and make development even easier.

In the end the goal is to understand how to break down a product design into steps that will streamline your development, take some pressure off that Design Eye, and give you a solid understanding of the core technologies.

Workshop Links: KOA WINLESS CSS-TRCKS JSBIN WORKSHOP

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Daniel Howse

UX Developer | Cross Country Home Services

room: 1133 (DEV LAB A)
  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM

BREAK OUT - NETWORKING

Come out network, meet like minded professionals while munching on snacks and enjoying a few refreshments.

  • 3:30PM - 4:15PM

+ Discussion on UX Process: Are Personas Really Working?

Personas are used across a wide variety of design specialties, from UX to Information Design to Industrial Design. They’re often a key deliverable of the discovery phase of most projects, and are used to inspire empathy in the minds of the people who will be designing for them.

But after the discovery phase, the personas often die. And they die without ceremony. No tears are shed, there’s no funeral; it’s rare that there's even an acknowledgement of their passing.

For a tool that’s meant to create empathy, does this seem particularly non-empathic?

This talk will explore the utility of personas as a part of the design process, and how we could perhaps reframe them to focus in on what makes them valuable.

Ramya Mahalingam

UX Architect at Cardinal Solutions

room: 1053/1054 (UX LAB B)

+ Workshop: How to style in React without losing friends - (4hrs Continuation)

Aside from the 2016 presidential election, I don't know of another topic sure to cause more heated debate than how to style React components. I've seen grown adults brought to tears as they passionately defend one method over another.

My talk will cover the main methods for styling in React. Through live code examples we will discover the pros and cons of each method and make recommendations based on your projects unique needs. By the end you should feel confident that there is hope! You can style React components without losing friends.

Sarrah Vesselov

UI/UX Manager | Women Who Code

room: 1048/1049 (DEV LAB B)

+ Workshop: The Art of the UX DEVELOPER with LESS and FLEX - 4hrs

We will go step by step through building the Front End of a product and the impact each layer has on it's user experience and our development.

We are going to do this by first breaking down a product design into sensible and repetitive markup that will improve consistency, quality, and manageability throughout the application.

While doing this we will solve common layout problems and talk about the importance of establishing patterns.

Then we will focus on styling our content while solving more layout problems and learning about technologies that can assist us, as well as take advantage of our markup patterns to create more consistency for our users and make development even easier.

In the end the goal is to understand how to break down a product design into steps that will streamline your development, take some pressure off that Design Eye, and give you a solid understanding of the core technologies.

Workshop Links: KOA WINLESS JSBIN CSS-TRCKS

WORKSHOP

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Daniel Howse

UX Developer | Cross Country Home Services

room: 1133 (DEV LAB A)
  • 4:30PM - 5:00PM

Closing Remarks - UXDS DAY 2 Wraps up

room: knight auditorium