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From Problem to Solution. Faster.

Jumping to building solutions is a nearly universal reaction, which often leads to building something—perhaps something even great—that fails to solve the problem at hand. However, responding and returning to the problem, and iterating quickly in feedback cycles centered around your customer, can lead to a better solution, faster.

Come and listen to Melissa Doerken's personal story and learn techniques you can start employing today. Techniques that will help you more quickly understand your customers' problem and arrive at a solution that supports their goals.

You will learn how to:
- Improve your process and ability to deliver valuable software reliably with concrete techniques and practical tips
- Understand your customer’s problems using Problem Interviews
- Validate the success of your software using Solution Interviews

6:30 – 6:45 Socializing!
6:45 – 7:15 Presentation!
7:15 – 7:30 Discussion!
7:30 – 8:15 Charrette!
8:15 – 8:30 Socializing!

Melissa works on a product team to help push forward smart ideas, improve how people collaborate, with an eye towards both the present and future. She is passionate about simplicity, innovation, and continuous improvement through exploration and experimentation.

Join us for an evening of creativity and learning! Food and beverage provided!

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  • Melissa D.

    Thanks, all for coming out last night. I've posted my deck on slide share...feel free to check it out:

    2 · September 4, 2013

  • ellen r.

    Presenter was articulate with good presentation style/presence. Subject matter was very basic and would have benefited from more examples and more complex examples. I was looking forward to the hands on aspect of the meetup. It was a key reason I decided to attend.

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Matt B.

    This was a great event. Thank you.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • mary

    great event, thank you!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Elizabeth G.

    Made several good connections, enjoyed interesting conversations. Generous refreshments.

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Mikhail A.

    Would like to get some feedback on my Photozeen app.

    September 3, 2013

  • Mudassir A.

    I got email that I am confirmed. Where I need to pay for the entry fee? Right when I appear or before that?

    September 2, 2013

  • J. C.

    can we pay in person at the event?

    August 29, 2013

    • Michael L.

      Nope. I'd rather not handle cash.

      August 29, 2013

  • Kate R.

    Rats! I'll be hosting the Sketchnotes-SF meetup that night. So bummed, I'm really interested in hearing Melissa speak. Have a great time!

    August 28, 2013

  • Mudassir A.

    Dagnabit I missed to register for that event :(

    August 28, 2013

  • dan t.

    I'm curious how solid user research plays into this -- that seems critical, even though some people want to start coding first.

    August 27, 2013

  • Anuar R.

    Excited to show and learn from this savvy community.

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • ellen r.

    Blogging about booster clubs at

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • Karla D.

    Can't believe I'll see guys again after that MagmaRails Conf in 2012. Very excited!!

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • john k.

    My company DoctorBase is right down the street. Convenience and lessons from Melissa. Easy $10 decision!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • christian j.

    After two attempts at companies and all the hacked design efforts, I want to get official learning.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Curtis S.

    Super surprised to find thoughtworks hosting this talk - I'm a former backend/systems engineer that moved to front end and became super interested in user experience. Last I visited thoughtworks they were strongly in the engineering engineering engineering camp.

    Looking forward to hearing a story and listening to your experience Melissa!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1 · August 14, 2013

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