If finding the perfect client or vendor is a bit like dating, then the RFP system is like online dating -- the worst kind, too. We search for "Drupal," get a long list of fuzzy pictures, dry statistics, cliche interests (long walks on the beach, higher conversion rates), and vague specifications. Using this (often misleading) information, we have to show up for our first rendezvous ready to commit to a year-long relationship. Is this true love or a marriage of convenience? Will we find out months later that we don't actually like each other?
The RFP process strips vendors of their individuality and creativity, reducing their passion to a PDF overstuffed with boilerplate and little thumbnails of their amazing designers, developers, and project managers. Proposals tell you how good a vendor is at writing proposal, not how good their work is. (How many clients are looking to hire professional proposal writers?)
In this panel, some of the world's top Drupal business development professionals will speak to the RFP process and other options. The strengths and weaknesses of RFPs will be identified, and creative alternatives will be discussed. If you are writing an RFP, this is your wake-up call. If you are bidding, come learn about your options.
Let's architect a better process. Let's provide a solution that maximizes vendors' capabilities and speaks to clients' requirements -- all while building a project team that collaboratively delivers an amazing result. #NoRFPs!
Panelists will include:
Todd Nienkerk (Co-founder, Four Kitchens)
Matt Westgate (Co-founder, Lullabot)
Rebecca Sherman (Studio director, Bluecadet)
This session will be a Drupal-specific version of a SXSW panel I'm on with Joe Rinaldi and Rawle Anders of Happy Cog, Jen Oliver of Weblinc, and Rebecca Sherman of Blue Cadet: OMG your RFPs are killing me!
by Brad Haynes
The way people use the internet is changing. Brochure websites aren't as important as they used to be and innovative technologies are allowing for more a more personalized and ubiquitous experience on the web. How do designers keep up with the changes and plan for a successful future in the industry? Listen to Brad Haynes, UX, Creative Director at Salesforce discuss the industry shift and explain why now is such an important time to be a designer. It's a revolution!
Also, I will be presenting this material during Future of Web Design | New York on November 8th. Come say hi if you'll be there!
Building and retaining highly capable teams is a universal challenge in the technology field, and Drupal is certainly no exception. Join Lullabot cofounder Matt Westgate as he walks you through the pitfalls, the success points and funnier moments of growing a virtual team from 2 to nearly 30 people over the past 5 years.
by Greg Dunlap
In March of 2011 I was named as the first initiative owner for Drupal 8. I was excited and proud and itching to get going, but I felt one emotion more than any other - paralyzing fear. The Drupal community is filled with talented engineers, but moving from coder to project manager and community leader can be incredibly difficult. This session will outline some of the lessons I've learned about our community and the ways to (or more often not to) get it moving towards a goal.
For years the Drupal groundswell has been building in higher education, and at many institutions Drupal has moved from a fringe technology to core infrastructure. Libraries, publishing, e-learning, big data, digital humanities and research — Drupal presents opportunities along many fronts. This session will explore potential alignment between Drupal and some of the emerging technologies that academic and instructional technologists are building.
19th–23rd March 2012