IxDA Toronto presents Casey McKinnon, Director of Product Management at FreshBooks.
"Frustrated with the lack of coordination between engineering and design at Microsoft, I sought to discover what makes a great working relationship between these two seemingly conflicting disciplines. I conducted interviews with designers of all levels in every division of Microsoft to find out what it would take to optimize the engagement of a designer with their non-designer counterparts (project/product management, developers, testers, etc.). After a year of interviews, what I will present is the synthesis of these findings, along with a call to action for any designers and non-designers working together to get the most out of each other."
Casey McKinnon is the Director of Product Management for Toronto's most beloved online-invoicing company, FreshBooks. He's responsible for making the FreshBooks product usable, useful and beautiful for free-lancers around the world. Raised in Ottawa and educated at Carleton University, he spent the last 7 years as a User Experience Program Manager at Microsoft's Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Finally back from the fray, he wants to make an impact on how Canadian companies innovate through the design of great user experiences.