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We developers are a different breed. Stereotypes aside, personality test data shows that many developers do experience life differently than most others. The same could be said for many other creatives. It’s no surprise, then, that communication difficulties are common in our field. After a candid peer review highlighted my own poor communication skills, I reached out to project managers, designers, clients, and other developers for insight and advice. These insights not only helped me improve, they revealed some surprisingly common frustrations with developers in general. I hope to share what I’ve learned to spread peace and harmony to developers and non-developers alike in the workplace. While this talk centers on developer communication dynamics, the subject matter is relevant to anyone; developers, non-developers, agency workers, and freelancers alike.
by Amy Hoy
A frank talk about bootstrapping, products, and money: how to start small and grow big, on the side, without breaking your bank or your will to live.
What is a "Side Project”? Mubashar Iqbal has been doing side projects since 2001. He shares his thoughts on why you should do side projects, what makes a good side project and how you can fit doing a side project into your already busy schedule. Best of all he will inspire you with some examples of successful side projects.
Working on a new project? Building a killer app? Pitch it to our "Sharks": Amy Hoy of 30x500, Andrey Butov of Antair, Ian Landsman of UserScape, and Rachel Andrew of Edge of my Seat, in front of our whole audience. Get real world feedback from the product developers and business owners who'll weigh in (with love and humor) on whether your idea will sink or swim.
When I look back at six years of developing Perch CMS the successes and failures along the way can seem almost random. However there is one common thread to the things that have worked - in terms of the product, our marketing, and supporting materials. Things go well when we *really* listen to our customers. Listening means sometimes hearing things that are hard to accept. It means not writing off every incredibly specific feature request at first hearing. It means learning to ask the right questions to uncover the real use cases when our gut reaction is to dismiss something as negativity. However once you learn to really listen, surprising things can happen.
30th April to 2nd May 2015