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Workshops will take place at various venues close to the Music Farm from 1:30 pm to 4:00 or 5:00 pm April 15th, 16th & 17th.

Beyond Responsive

Aaron Gustafson

Friday, April 17 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Responsive web design has taken our industry by storm and with good reason: it helps us improve our reach with less effort. But incorporating responsive design is not the goal, meeting our user’s needs is. Responsive design is not an end in itself… it’s just the beginning.

We need to embrace the heterogenous nature of the web—myriad web-enabled devices with vastly different dimensions, screen sizes, networks, and capabilities in use by countless individuals, each with their own special needs—and craft experiences that will work anywhere at any time. We need to build robust systems that adapt in ways far beyond aesthetics.

Aaron Gustafson will open this workshop with a discussion of a number of considerations that we should be aware of, beyond screen size and pixel density, and provide examples of how to adapt our interfaces so they rise to meet our customers’ needs. Then he’ll turn it over to you to propose gnarly design and/or interface challenges you are struggling with. Once everyone’s challenges are collected, attendees will be given the opportunity to form small groups around each and you will spend a portion of the day working on solutions while Aaron mentors each group and pushes you to think more about accessibility, alternate interaction methods, slow networks, and other considerations.

The workshop will wrap up with brief presentations from each group followed by an open question and answer session.

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Aaron Gustafson

Collaboration Workshop

Spark Box

Friday, April 17 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The secret to truly successful work is not in the technology used, but in the people involved working together. This beautiful, new, multi-device web requires us to let go of old ways of thinking and invest in our people over our process. Being part of a team that operates like this requires a level of collaboration that is not common.

We'll share ways to facilitate this kind of teamwork and give you concrete ideas to take back to your organization. In addition, we’ll share how collaboration has alleviated expectation challenges and brought clients into the process. You'll learn all our secrets, including collaborative estimation, humility’s role on a team, pricing models, and creating a truly productive environment. Anything goes in this session about creating the place where you want to work.

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Ben Callahan & Rob Harr

Design Workshop

Spark Box

Thursday, April 16 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

We’ve all been there: trying to push the limits of design on the web while simultaneously considering the ease of development, performance budgets, and to top it off—designing it for every device on planet Earth. It’s hard. But we’ve found ways to ease the pain. We’ll show you how to create beautiful, reusable designs for responsive experiences with some methods we’ve learned along the way on the balancing act we like to call design.

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Katie Kovalcin & Jeremy Loyd

Frontend Tooling Workshop

Spark Box

Wednesday, April 15 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Staying ahead of the frontend development curve is difficult, and it's easy to quickly feel out-of-date or left behind. You’ll walk away comfortable developing, testing, and deploying your very own site utilizing source control, the best preprocessors, and some incredible task runners. To top it all off, we’ll mix in all the other tasty essentials you’ll want to know about, such as the dreaded terminal, performance tuning, and much more!

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Adam Simpson & Daniel Flynn

Frontend Testing Workshop

Spark Box

Thursday, April 16 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Frontend projects are becoming more and more complex, pushing greater rules and requirements into the browser. We expect a lot from modern web applications (many run entirely in the browser), but we’re rarely writing tests to verify that our high expectations are met. We’ll give you the tools and techniques you need to build solid, tested frontend code and get your team excited about frontend testing.

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Ryan Cromwell & Rob Tarr

Digital PM Workshop

Brett Harned

Bureau of Digital

Bureau of Digital

Thursday, April 16 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Managing digital projects can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're a Project Manager, Designer, or Developer, you use different processes, tools, and tactics to make things happen. You care about delivering quality—on time and under budget. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But there are some tactics you can employ to manage your digital projects with success. Join us for this workshop where and gain insights on how to best plan and manage digital projects.

Learn From Your Fellow Digital Project Managers

You may think you have it all figured out as a Project Manager, until someone else shares an experience they've had or method they use that changes your perspective completely. We’ll spend part of the workshop on an interactive project planning exercise where we’ll sketch ideas based on a project scenario and discuss them with fellow attendees. Our discussion topics range from process and methodologies; to contract details and assumptions. The exercise will get you thinking about DPM as a practice, and how varied our roles, approaches, and assumptions can be.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Projects are journeys. We’ll discuss the things that can cause project heartburn: identifying and understanding project stakeholders, moderating feedback, keeping clients happy, keeping teams engaged, and keeping budgets intact. We’ll share ideas, talk about our experiences, and discuss the various methods we use to deliver digital products.

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Brett Harned