An Event Apart DC Recap and Cross-Discipline Team Panel Discussion

  • August 28, 2013 · 5:30 PM

This month's meetup will be part conference recap, part expert panel discussion, and one hundred percent awesome. 

Here's the deal: 

Forty Design Director, Amy Lamp, is fresh from DC's An Event Apart—a conference for people who care about code as well as content, and usability as well as design—and has brought back a a bevy of web knowledge goodness to share with us. 

Armed with exciting insights from the likes of Kristina Halvorson, Karen McGrane, Jared Spool and other digital greats, Amy has prepared a recap to catch us up to speed. 

A panel discussion? Hell, yeah. 

After her recap, we'll dive right into a discussing the challenging question of, "How can we help build high-functioning, cross-discipline teams to implement these new methods at our own organizations?" 

To inform our discussion, we've assembled an expert cross-discipline team of our own, featuring:

• Jeremy Blaker, Software Developer at meltmedia

• David Gallello, Web Developer at Sitewire

• Larissa Scordato, Project Manager at Forty and AIGA AZ Chapter Manager

• Amy Lamp, Design Director and UX Specialist at Forty

• Shaina Rozen, Independent Copywriter, Marketing Consultant and AIGA AZ Communications Chair

• Joel Solomon, SEO Manager at RIESTER

PHX Content Strategy's own Rebekah Cancino will be moderating. 

Come hungry, ask questions. Let's figure out how to build smarter digital teams together. 

See you soon!

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  • Bart B.

    We did a lot of cross-functional projects and change management efforts when I worked at Wendy's. One great tool we used to ensure we got input from everyone who worked on or was impacted by a project was the GE Change Acceleration Process (GE-CAP). It really kept everyone on the same page, and more than that, ensured everyone had a chance to contribute their ideas to the process before it was too far down the road, which increased buy-in and ownership.

    Thanks for the session last night. Important topic.

    Amy Lamp's recap helped intro some new concepts. Much appreciated.

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Bart B.

      Amy, I'll dig through my files. I think I have some things that might be useful. I was most impressed with the stakeholder analysis which got input from everyone involved. It asked about people's reservations about a project early on, which often turned into easy fixes that resulted in a better product and faster implementation. It also emphasized that all your stakeholders are potential resources and subject matter experts on their part of the business. I'll get something back to you next week.

      1 · August 30, 2013

    • Rebekah C.

      Bart, that sounds really interesting! Glad Amy asked you for a little more detail! I'd love to hear about that stakeholder analysis as well. Thanks for sharing. :)

      August 30, 2013

  • Roger W.

    Great job as always! Amy's presentation was very well done and informative and the panel discussion was inlightening. Looking forward to the next meetup!

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Roger W.

      I thought you did great. Would love to see a demo of your responsive wireframe tool sometime, screencast?

      August 30, 2013

    • Amy L.

      I'd be happy to -- I made a task to consider ways to demo it in a few weeks, after I've had a chance to use it on a project and evaluate its effectiveness.

      August 30, 2013

  • Rebekah C.

    Slides are up from Amy's An Event Apart recap! http://www.slideshare.net/fortydesign/an-event-apart-dc-the-recap

    3 · August 29, 2013

  • Shaun

    Fantastic meetup and insightful conversation topics, especially regarding internal workflow. I really appreciated connecting with the Phoenix design community :-)

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Rebekah C.

      Great to meet you, Shaun! So glad you could join us.

      August 29, 2013

  • Larissa S.

    Such an inspiring time last night - looking forward to helping organize more of these discussions throughout the coming year! Here are two articles that Amy and I both referred to last night about client relationships, the future of design, and client sign-offs without mockups:
    http://alistapart.com/article/responsive-comping-obtaining-signoff-with-mockups
    http://alistapart.com/article/client-relationships-and-the-multi-device-web

    Thanks to Rebekah for allowing me to be a part of this and thanks to the design community for being so involved!

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Rebekah, thank you for inviting me to present and participate in the panel -- great job leading and moderating the discussion.

    It was so cool having everyone in the room together, sharing their stories.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Linda A.

    Thanks for a great meetup!

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Laura O.

    Thanks for organizing! I'm sorry I had to miss the end, but I learned a lot of really valuable tips from Amy and everyone else.

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • James C.

    Sorry I can't make this one - those pesky client projects....

    August 27, 2013

    • Rebekah C.

      Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully you can join us next time!

      August 27, 2013

  • Mitch E.

    Can't wait since missed last month. Hopefully bringing my team finally too!

    August 22, 2013

    • Rebekah C.

      Sweet! Can't wait to meet them.

      August 23, 2013

  • Adrian V.

    I RSVP'ed as 'Yes', but it should really be a 'Maybe'. I currently have other plans but I'm trying to see if I can work around them and attend this event.

    August 22, 2013

    • Rebekah C.

      No problem, Adrian! Thanks for the heads up. Hope you can join us. :)

      August 23, 2013

  • Roger W.

    Sounds like an awesome event!

    1 · August 22, 2013

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