The Importance of Technical Skills in UX and Product

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Attention Product Thinkers! Time to get technical.

Understanding technology takes time, and learning how to design digital systems takes even longer. To understand the technology space and how software and hardware systems work together requires a level of dedication that's usually found in people with backgrounds in computer science and engineering.

Take a look online today at the many job opportunities for product designers and product managers with backgrounds in computer technology. With so many digital products on the market, it's no secret that designers, analysts and managers need to have a strong technical acumen in order to thrive in today's tech market.

But what about everyone else?

What about UX designers with backgrounds in non-computer science subjects like Art History, Business Management or English? What about product managers with non-software engineering backgrounds that don't understand the technology used to design software or web sites or mobile apps? When it's time to work with software engineers or dev-ops engineers, how do they communicate in such a way that they earn the respect of these tech gurus? Let's get together to talk about the importance of technical skills and how it makes a huge difference in how you approach the design, development, deployment, and management of technology.

For this discussion, we have the following guest panelists joining us:

Henry Bruce
Director of Product
MIX (Microfinance Information Exchange)

Eric Menzie
Director of Product
IHS Markit

Jono Mallanyk
Design Technologist
Fiction Inc

And our guest moderator:

Tremis Skeete
Technical Product Manager
nexTier Innovations

Our topics will include (but not limited to):

* How can you become a better designer by growing your technical skillset?

* What does it really mean to be a "Technical Product Manager"?

* How technical-minded designers and product managers make the right design decisions?

* How can product designers and managers become more technical-minded?

During this talk, we will provide an informative visual presentation. Content will include quotes from books, web sites, and other sources.

** Tickets are $5.00 USD (includes a transaction fee).

** No refunds.

** Food and refreshments will be provided.

Who should attend:

*** UX designers and product professionals who find themselves stuck with understanding the implications of various technology related decisions

*** Project managers who want to gain insights into how to decide on technology stacks, frameworks, platforms, hardware, etc

*** Product designers and analysts who wish to understand how to contribute to conversations with technical professionals, especially software engineers, developers, web administrations, team leads, etc.

*** Anyone that wants to improve communication and collaboration on technology related subjects

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