July 15-17, 2020

Schedule

Wednesday, July 15

Welcome

Room: Atrium

Panel discussion on this year’s conference theme “Investing in Digital Technology”

Wednesday, July 15

Design Thinking is Bullsh*t. Long Live Design Thinking.

Room: Auditorium

According to a recent study by the Design Management Institute, design-driven companies have outperformed the S&P Index by 219% over 10 years. And according to Parsons New School, 69% of design-led firms perceive the innovation process to be more efficient with design thinking.

You’ve heard of design thinking as a way to solve problems through user research, novel ideas and rapid prototyping. Maybe you’ve even participated in a design thinking workshop before. While design thinking can be a powerful methodology, detractors argue the results lead nowhere. Novel ideas with non-actionable delivery. Concepts with no buy-in. Roadmaps with no roads. Meanwhile your day-to-day responsibilities creep back in (or perhaps they never left) while all those collective insights get put aside, never to appear again. In effect, bullsh*t. Yet design thinking lives on. Why? Join Eric Ellis as he dives into the true value of design thinking “underneath the phases” by looking at common pitfalls and using first-hand cases studies and useful tips from his work at Airbnb, Google, Dropbox, Intuit, and more.

  • Eric Ellis Profile Eric Ellis
Wednesday, July 15

Hands On: Javascript

Room: 153A&B

  • Antonio-Raynor Profile Antonio Raynor
Wednesday, July 15

Coffee Talk: Waste Time Experimenting! De-Risk big projects & Build faster with a culture of just "messing around"

Room: 155A&B

Despite all of the modern effort to be empathetic, be agile, to be lean, recent studies still show that we build way to many features that are rarely or never used. Product company Pendo’s recent study shows that $29.5 Billion was potentially wasted on rarely or never used features. Michael and Dustin will share their experience battling this challenge on an urgent project with lots of risk and unknowns, where we needed to be extremely lean, and how we used experimentation to make better decisions and de-risk the project from architecture to story priority to UX design up to Portfolio initiatives and product decisions

  • Dustin Welty Profile Dustin Welty
  • michael-goff Profile Michael Goff
Wednesday, July 15

Demo Room & Networking

Room: Atrium

Meet with our sponsors and connect with other conference participants.

Wednesday, July 15

Using AI to Augment Software Development

Room: Auditorium

Today there are amazing applications of artificial intelligence, particularly when it comes to increasing human capacity to solve certain problems and enhance processes.
Coding is at the heart of what we do at Globant. We have found ways to apply different artificial intelligence algorithms to improve software development, whether in speed, quality, capacity, etc. Our tool (Augmented Coding) offers developers a platform to search, navigate and document code in a novel way, and has shown to improve the speed of code development.
In my talk I will share some of the artificial intelligence techniques used for the development of this tool and some findings on its deployment and adoption.

  • Haldo Sponton Profile Haldo Spontón
Wednesday, July 15

Investing Experience Design Capabilities for ROI

Room: 153A&B

VCs are seeking to fund start-ups and businesses that have masterd human-centered experience design and development, which drives meaningful engagement amongst users, as well as those who leverage agile and leam methods that create value faster for those organizations.
 Human-centered Experience Design Creates Value: Experience Design is a discipline focused on human outcomes… particularly, the level of engagement and satisfaction that the user derives from a product or service and the relevance of the experience to their needs and context.
The goal of Experience Design is to create solutions that are optimized for your users, which ultimately provides value for your organization.
A few data points to consider:
-Airbnb attributes its $10B valuation to good UX Design
-Amazon funds UX Design $100:0 over advertising
-Optimized e-commerce sites sell 70% more products
-Every $2 spent on UX yields $100
  • David Muhammad Profile David Muhammad
Wednesday, July 15

PODS - Mack/Volvo Truck's Digital Building Block

Room: 155A&B

Digitalization of business operations requires significant change management. We must change the way people work, the way systems are designed and interact; and, most importantly, we must change the way we think about doing business in the burgeoning Age of Consciousness, aka – AI. Digitalization requires us to abandon our siloed ways of thinking in favor of a more holistic, end-to-end, value chain based points of view that transcend silo boundaries. Traditional change management practices are an attempt to “explicitly” effect change via training, documentation, leadership speaking directly to staff, etc. This can be particularly difficult in a highly confederated or siloed culture where it may lose fidelity and results in process misalignment. Good news, we can leverage Enterprise Architecture to provide the building blocks for “implicit” governance and change management so technical changes can occur ahead of the social changes and in effect implicitly guide social change via technical interfaces. Mack/Volvo NA has taken the first steps towards such an architecture with its latest technical capability: PODS – Portable Operational Data Services. PODS is a data access service that guides data publishers and data consumers to the best outcome via intuitive self-service interfaces and automation. In this presentation, I’ll share the PODS evolution, purpose, guiding principles behind its design and how it has become a building block for digitalization, rapid development, reducing IT’s footprint, and standardizing Mack/Volvo’s data access service contracts.
The presentation will show how a company’s Enterprise Architecture can implicitly drive change that leads to the desired business outcome, aka – business value.
  • Shawn Fitzgerald Profile Shawn Fitzgerald
Wednesday, July 15

Demo Room & Networking

Room: Atrium

Meet with our sponsors and connect with other conference participants.

Wednesday, July 15

Day 1 Retrospective

Room: Atrium

Panel discussion on highlights of Day 1 and what’s happening in Day 2.

Thursday, July 16

Welcome Day 2

Room: Atrium

Panel discussion on what might be the “new norm” because of how we had to work during the COVID-19 lock down.

Thursday, July 16

Launch is Only the Beginning; Planning the Post-launch Investment

Room: Auditorium

Building a post-launch investment strategy for your digital product can mean the difference between successful long-term adoption and failure to realize a return on the build-phase investment. When a first version or new feature is launched, it’s just the beginning. How should the product team organize and what should their focus be? Too often digital products are built or implemented but don’t deliver the promised business value. In order to maximize success, the product team must execute a plan for technical support, user support, and most importantly an activation and adoption plan.
  • Marty Balkema Profile Marty Balkema
Thursday, July 16

Coding That Sparks Joy With Quarkus

Room: 153A&B

Does your heart beat faster when you’re developing your Java application? Does it spark joy when you’re coding? If not, then it’s time to leave some old ways behind.

Join us on this live coding session and get familiar with Quarkus. You’ll learn to love how your old and new favorite APIs will start in a matter of milliseconds and consume tiny amounts of memory. Hot reload capabilities for development will give you instant sparks of joy!

  • Edson Yanaga Profile Edson Yanaga
Thursday, July 16

Asessing and Building your Team's E-Commerce Capabilities in an ever changing marketplace

Room: 155A&B

In a quickly moving e-commerce marketplace, it can be difficult to take the time to assess your team’s current capabilities and then create roadmaps to ensure your team is performing to the best of it’s abilities and, most importantly, keeping pace with market trends. We will look at how to assess/matrix each piece of the business, establish capability levels and definitions for bench-marking talent and then discuss the best way to create development plans that will drive the team to the next level of performance.
This topic explores how to get the most value from your e-commerce team so that you can understand where to apply technology.
  • April Whittington Profile April Whittington
Thursday, July 16

Demo Room & Networking

Meet with our sponsors and connect with other conference participants.

Thursday, July 16

Rethinking Investment Valuation for the Agile Methodology

Room: Auditorium

Conventional capital budgeting or cost benefit analysis doesn’t truly capture the essence of flexibility offered under the Agile methodology. A new dynamic valuation approach is required as a supplement to the conventional approach. This presentation will outline an approach that provides the flexibility of being able to choose a course correction for the initiative from several options.

  • Prashant Dixit Profile Prashant Dixit
Thursday, July 16

Cleaning up other people's messes: Strategies to deal with the technology clutter

Room: 153A&B

Regardless of your role within your company, there is no doubt that you spend a large amount of your time cleaning up architectures, data, deployments, code, or processes. Deployments are out of control, highly manual or overly complex. Code is unbelievably verbose and untestable. Databases have become monstrosities that are impossible to change. Whether it was you or others that are the reason the cleanse needs to be done, in this talk I’ll share some strategies, utilizing Clean Architecture principles, and ideas from real life implementations that could help you in your cause!

  • John Richardson Profile John Richardson
Thursday, July 16

Visual Development and the Rise of No-Code Tools

Room: 155A&B

No-Code tools such as Zapier, Webflow, Bubble, and Airtable are taking over the technology landscape by storm- and not just by non-technical professionals. In this talk, I’ll specifically evaluate the benefits and tradeoffs of using visual development no-code tools to improve both design and development workflows. You’ll learn about the growing landscape of no-code tools, how they can benefit your team and company, and how the industry is changing to accommodate a new type of codeless workflow.
No-code technologies are growing and have significant staying power as companies like Webflow, Bubble, and Zapier have long demonstrated. This is because of the increasing desire to create more efficient workflows and reduce costs both on personal and enterprise levels. No-code tools have become a viable way to achieve these goals. While they still seem to be perceived as tools only used for small businesses and startups, I believe there’s a real place for them at every stage of company growth and development.
  • Amanda Loftis - Amanda Loftis Profile Amanda Loftis
Thursday, July 16

Demo Room & Networking

Room: Atrium

Meet with our sponsors and connect with other conference participants.

Thursday, July 16

Day 2 Retrospective

Room: Atrium

Panel discussion on highlights of Day 2 and what’s happening in Day 3.

Friday, July 17

Welcome Day 3

Room: Atrium

Panel discussion on what have we learned so far in this conference? What can we expect to learn today?

Friday, July 17

3 Mandatory Investments for Digital Success

Room: Auditorium

Digital technologies continue to dominate industry technology portfolios in 2020. Advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), mobile computing, augmented & virtual reality, 3D printing, and blockchain are finding their way into organizations at an accelerated rate. Yet, many digital technology projects struggle to meet growing business expectations. Delays, cost overruns, and outright project failures are crippling efforts to adopt digital technologies that drive new revenue models or optimize costs. Obviously, company culture and business strategy play significant roles in establishing the foundation for digital technology project success. Beyond creating business support and advocacy, three mandatory investments are critical prerequisites to ensure the on-going success of digital initiatives. Technology governance & methods, data architecture, and interoperability are likely nowhere near the top of business priorities. Yet, investment in these key areas provides tangible benefits across all other digital efforts. In this session, we will discuss each of these investments, why it is essential, what it enables, how to discuss and present it, and how to incorporate it into your technology program and project portfolio.
This session provides the audience with the critical investments needed to establish the foundation for initial and sustained digital success.
  • Steve Stone Profile Steve Stone
Friday, July 17

Best Practices in Modern UI Design & Communicating Design Concepts to SW Developers

Room: 155A&B

So many prototyping tools and so little time. How does one know when to crank out rough iterations of a concept versus focusing on a near pixel perfect prototype. The answer lies in purpose. Let’s take a cursory look at some of the current wireframing and prototyping tools to determine their value during various stages of the product development cycle. When and why do we select low fidelity over high fidelity and what do we gain from each effort? Join the conversation as we talk about designing products without actually coding them.

  • Steve Vest Profile Steve Vest
Friday, July 17

Visual Development and the Rise of No-Code Tools

Room: 155A&B

No-code technologies are growing and have significant staying power as companies like Webflow, Bubble, and Zapier have long demonstrated. This is because of the increasing desire to create more efficient workflows and reduce costs both on personal and enterprise levels. No-code tools have become a viable way to achieve these goals. While they still seem to be perceived as tools only used for small businesses and startups, I believe there’s a real place for them at every stage of company growth and development.
 No-Code tools such as Zapier, Webflow, Bubble, and Airtable are taking over the technology landscape by storm- and not just by non-technical professionals. In this talk, I’ll specifically evaluate the benefits and tradeoffs of using visual development no-code tools to improve both design and development workflows. You’ll learn about the growing landscape of no-code tools, how they can benefit your team and company, and how the industry is changing to accommodate a new type of codeless workflow.
  • Amanda Loftis - Amanda Loftis Profile Amanda Loftis
Friday, July 17

Demo Room & Networking

Meet with our sponsors and connect with other conference participants.

Friday, July 17

Leveraging Startups to Expedite Your Digital Efforts

Room: Auditorium

This year’s theme for the Triad Developers Conference is on Investing in Digital Technology. In this session, we are going to look at three startups that have a presence in our community and are transforming their industries and disrupting and improving traditional processes. The three companies that are representing are: Benekiva (Insurance) – Bridging the gap between insurance carriers, policyholders, and beneficiaries by claims transformation and asset retention. OrbitalRx (Healthcare) – OrbitalRX is the only platform designed to unify your data and proactively manage drug shortages, bringing you the power of real-time situational awareness in a pharmacy-focused workflow. SwipeBy (Food) – Transforming the curbside process by capitalizing on dine-out demand, differentiate against delivery, and take back control of takeout.

  • Bobbie Shrivastav Profile Bobbie Shrivastav
  • adam Profile Adam Osborne
  • carl turner Profile Carl Turner
Friday, July 17

Hands On: Blazor

Room: 153A&B

Blazor lets you build interactive web UIs using C# instead of JavaScript. Blazor apps are composed of reusable web UI components implemented using C#, HTML, and CSS. Both client and server code is written in C#, allowing you to share code and libraries.

Blazor is a feature of ASP.NET, the popular web development framework that extends the .NET developer platform with tools and libraries for building web apps.

  • Jason Twichell Profile Jason Twichell
Friday, July 17

Product Management and UX walk into a coffee shop...

Room: 155A&B

Often there is confusion between Product Management and User Experience roles on product teams that strain the working relationships as well as the quality of the end product. Several key factors influence this behavior that I will highlight in this discussion and provide insights for both roles to productively work together to build amazing products for their users.

  • Taylor Webster Profile Boyd Taylor Webster
Friday, July 17

Virtual Reception

Room: Atrium

Party on! Join everyone in the conference at a virtual reception. Network with other participants.