To the Web and Beyond

To the Web and Beyond

The Cloud9 IDE UX team got to break out from the office to attend (and speak I dare say) at the excellent “Web and Beyond Conference” in Amsterdam. The conference was organised by Chi Netherlands and focuses on the practise & business of user experience. I felt very privileged to speak in my new hometown about Lean UX.

I got myself prepared early, practising my talk on a few friends, and hammering out some slides a few days before. I knew my stuff, although got a bit nervous (in all good ways). I really just wanted to deliver something people can use. I had spoken at conferences before but never in Amsterdam.

On the morning of the conference it hit me that I may not get enough people coming to my talk, this was compounded by the fact my talk was in another building way off in another direction from the main hall. When I first got down to the conference it was just me and my colleague David. I thought I was going to have to just present to him… but then they came… in the hundreds. It was amazing to see – so amazing I took a picture.

The talk started 10mins late due to the number of people coming in (which lets face it was no bad thing). This put some pressure on the timing of the whole slides. The talk itself just felt natural, I went through the Lean UX process as we run it at Cloud9 IDE — highlighting all the tools we use to get the job done. If you are interested in having a look at the slides you can have a gander here:

There were some super talented people we met there. Of worthy note was Boon who not only did his own amazing talk but also did a sketch of mine… that’s enough to give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

The rest of the conference was very interesting, and was nice to see other presentations like Toms and Tacos linking into exactly what we are doing at Cloud9 IDE which is great validation! Love seeing people doing things the same way as you.

What we took away from this is that Lean UX is here, it’s gathering momentum and agile strategies in general are the way forward. It is also nice to see such innovation and research being done for user experience (UX) in general. The conference gets the big thumbs up from me.


On the twitters:

Ralph Bom, Onstuimig @ralphbom
Inspiration and Vision on UX, CX, LEAN, Agile, Service Design and Content. Compliments #TWAB2012

Davidvb – UI/UX ‏@davidvb
Also full house on my right! @chrissywelsh #TWAB2012 great job and loved the conference!

Samantha Hosea ‏@ Samantha_Hosea
Good to hear that people from practice understand, believe and DO things like #ux, #agile, #scrum, #personas, etc. #panel #twab2012

Anna_Appenheimer @allahanna
Would love to be @ #twab2012… with #reingroot_nl & #chrissywelsh …

Boon Yew Chew @boonych
Sketchnotes for @chrissywelsh‘s lean ux talk at #TWAB2012

Jasper Oudenaarden @jappo
Those were two nice talks about Lean UX and processes of @chrissywelsh (Cloud9) and @TomIllmensee (Snagajob)!!! #twab2012

Simon Kortlang @kortlangs
Some rough sketchnotes of Chrissie Welsh’s session on Failing Fast for Quick Wins.Great tips! #TWAB2012 #experiencelap

Rein Groot @reingroot_nl
Seems there’s quite some interest in Lean/agile UX at #twab2012 #loaded #leanux

Marcel Blok @marcel_blok
Scalability issue at the Failing Faster talk at #TWAB2012

Chantal Stekelenburg @StChantal
#twab2012 in de indonesië zaal is behoorlijk crowded!

Rogier @rogierbr
Completely full (and then some) at the leanux/ agile track. #twab2012

Marrije Schaake @marrije
Everybody wants to fail faster at #twab2012! Drukke boel hier in de Agile sessions

Merel Backers @Merelbackers
Next up: Failing fast for quick wins – The lean UX quick start #siked #twab2012