Users Are From Mars, Developers Are From Klingon

Join us as Derek Lane from Thomson-Reuters walks us through some exercises that help drive home Agile concepts. It is not only fun to participate, but perhaps garner some ideas that you can take back to your organization and apply the game concepts there as well.

Users Are From Mars, Developers Are From Klingon

You know it's true. Trying to understand what your users want is sometimes like talking to the wall. Have you ever delivered what you were sure a group of users asked for, only to have them reject it as not even close? Have you ever asked your development team to build you something you thought was clear only to get something that didn't meet half of your needs. This session will leverage some Agile Games to explore techniques designed to help technologists identify with what their users are asking for, and provide some techniques product teams can use to help close the communication gap between users and developers.

Note: This session is hands-on and highly interactive. This session is for any skill set or role that is involved in product development. Due to the format of this session, it will be limited to the first 50 participants who register. The session will last from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

 

About Derek

Derek Lane is an Enterprise Architect at Thomson Reuters. He has worn various hats in his career including mentor, coach, architect, manager, developer, trainer, methodologist and all around cool guy. Derek is a contributor to various projects as author, presenter, committer, and technical reviewer.

Derek is the Founder of both the Oklahoma City Java User Group (OKCJUG) and the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas MicroJava User Group; and has been active as a member, presenter, and mentor for over two decades at various technology user groups across the Midwest and Southern US.

Derek can on occasion be found utilizing his background in engineering, Virtual Reality and 3D graphics to think in four or more dimensions - some of which have yet to be independently verified. When not exploring the mind numbing edge of technology, he can be found listening to Bluegrass music and watching old Kung Fu movies - a dangerous combination from any point of view.

 

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  • Ritu S.

    This session was the most interesting and educational session I had in meetup so far. Derek is not only a very experienced Agile coach, but also he has this unique skill to make people think. I requested him to play this interactive agile game with my coworkers in Thomson Reuters and we got a wonderful feedback from developers and programmers both !!! Highly appreciate him for investing his time for us. Looking forward for more agile learning from him in his own unique entertaining style.

    January 17, 2012

  • John D.

    A very fun presentation and a fun group of participants as well. I liked the higher-level view of the software development process, which is so dependent on communication but is frequently lacking it. The exercises provided an opportunity to think a little differently about how one goes about implementing agile processes. Many thanks to Derek for expanding our perspectives.

    October 3, 2011

  • Charles S.

    Interesting and fun session. Really appreciate the change of pace of doing a agile game oriented session where we participated.

    October 1, 2011

  • Linda B.

    Not sure if I was on Mars or Klingon...in any case the meeting was a blast! I could write an essay on this meeting: embrace the new and unfamiliar; have fun learning; don't be embarrased to ask questions; we pull our teammates along together; create a safe environment to fail; venture out- fail quickly and move on. Bravo!!

    September 28, 2011

  • Shannon S.

    Experiencing the flip side of my "normal" user perspective and getting a very real window into what it feels like to be on the receiving end of requirements and user stories that are so foreign was very eye opening and beneficial. It really made me realize ways to better faciliate understanding by having, and trying, new, sometimes more beneficial communication.

    September 28, 2011

  • Michelle J.

    Very entertaining and educational at the same time. I appreciate the time invested by Derek to ensure a beneficial meeting.

    September 28, 2011

  • chris m.

    Thanks for a great session.

    September 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a good time. Wish there was more time to soak in the "techniques" (insert sign language here) involved with the Where Are Your Keys game. Although completely wide-eyed at first, I'm sure I'll continue to have Aha! moments on what I learned last night. :)

    September 28, 2011

  • Derek L.

    Thanks to everyone who helped out with everything from keeping time to driving video. I hope everyone was able to take something valuable with them. Shloosh! ;)

    September 28, 2011

  • Naveen I.

    The session was good with insight into lot of simple things we face everyday.

    September 28, 2011

  • Michelle J.

    This was a great session. Thanks for all the insights!

    September 28, 2011

  • Penny

    We have 10-15 seats left for our event next TUESDAY! Oct 4th and I wanted to see if anyone from the Dallas Scrum group would like to join us - I am sure I can get at least 10 of them complimentary seats.... Contact me if they would be interested and I will take the first 10 or so respondants to the email and give them complimentary seats -- Have an Agile Day! Kristi Adami ThoughtWorks Studios
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    September 26, 2011

  • Jeff B.

    Aaargh! I can't make this one due to client meeting in Austin.... All who can go, need to go to this meetup! It will be great!
    Thanks,
    -jeff brantley

    September 26, 2011

  • Lance D.

    We had to change the date from 9/20 to 9/27.

    August 22, 2011

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