The Other User Series: Project Team Rehab

Event date: 
June 21, 2012 - 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Space at the Steps
1301 First Avenue, Level A
Seattle, WA
United States
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Event description: 

Please note, for some of you the time of the event may show incorrectly.  The time is 6:30 to 8:00.

At some point, all project teams will become strained from time pressures, communication failures and misaligned goals. When, why and how long it lasts depends on whether the team is aware of and actively willing to change their behavior and approach to a problem. In part 3 of The Other User series, a multi-disciplinary panel of designers, developers and project managers will have a heart-to-heart discussion about the unique role, perception and goals each brings to a project team. Together, they’ll share practical, achievable ways to work together through all stages of a project in order to have a mutually successful outcome.


The one and only David Kelley will moderate a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.


Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, doors open at 6:30


Space at the Steps, 1301 First Avenue, Level A, Seattle, WA 98101 (walk halfway down the steps, door will be on the right)

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Yes, this event is open to everyone! Feel free to bring a friend.
  • No, there is never a charge to attend
  • There is no formal RSVP process, but if you are attending, please let us know by signing up on our Facebook event page.

Special thanks to our sponsor, GGLO for sharing their beautiful space.

Meet the panelists:

Andrew Kinzer, GroupTalent, Co-Founder and Designer (@superkinz)

Andrew is a designer and entrepreneur. He co-founded GroupTalent, and attended Seattle's TechStars 2011 program. With a background in branding, UI and UX, today he has focuses primarily on customer development, user experience, and marketing. Prior to GroupTalent, Andrew was the product and design director for Seattle startup Whrrl, and (later) San Francisco startup JustShareIt.

He's passionate about helping designers cross the chasm between traditional design and digital, and mentoring teams on product design and pitch strategy.

Ed Essey, Microsoft, Lead Program Manager (@edgessey)

Ed has worked for start-up companies and new business groups within Microsoft, bringing his passion for great user experiences to engineering processes in many different user spaces.  In a recent role, he functioned as joint technical PM lead, release manager, and UX PM in a deeply technical product space.  Now he spends much of his time teaching best practices for combining engineering and user experience around Microsoft.

Jeff Weir, Microsoft, UX Designer

Combining design and code, Jeff creates delightful interactive experiences at home and work. As a UX designer at Microsoft, Jeff works in Office Labs to help imagine and create the seeds for new products and services that can enhance the lives of millions. Prior Microsoft efforts include Windows 8, Live Labs Pivot, SkyDrive, and Microsoft Codename Max. His award winning personal projects range from modern art generators to baby name visualizers.

Kav Latiolais, LIFFFT, Partner and Developer (@kavla)

Kav Latiolais facilitates Startup Weekend events all over the world, teaching best practices in pitching, agile project management, and customer development. Before forming LIFFFT, Kav was CTO of Giant Thinkwell, a TechStars company backed by Madrona Ventures. He previously worked as a Program Manager on Microsoft's Visual Studio, designing the Windows 8 developer experience.

Ryan Schroeder, Fell Swoop, UX Designer (@rschroed)

Ryan started his career in Boston as a visual designer exploring interactive and user experience design. He served as the Creative Director for a financial services firm, leading a team of in-house designers to develop a cohesive communications program. Since coming to Seattle, he has helped companies like Allrecipes, Big Fish Games and Microsoft connect with users. Recently, he balanced design with business and technology goals while helping to define the product vision for two early stage startups: AdReady and Evri. Currently, he's designing great user experiences for businesses of all types and sizes at Fell Swoop.

David Kelley, Wirestone, Principal UXA (@davidjkelley)

David has been building Targeted Customer eXperience's over 10 years.  David is currently the Principal User eXperience Architect for [wire] stone and helps run local user groups like Interact Seattle.  Currently his main focus is in the retail space with touch experience's.  Other Career highlight's include the Bill Gates demo at TechEd 08, the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Award site for the Silverlight launch and becoming a Microsoft MVP in 2009 as well as his work with [wire] stone including the Nike Touch-wall and the Microsoft Retail Store.



13 Jun 2012 - 8:51pm

Leading up to the event next week, we'll be featuring each of our panelists on Facebook.  Today we asked Kav the question, "what is the most common misconception that designers have about developers?"

See his answer here:

Don't forget

18 Jun 2012 - 11:43pm

Please note that for some of you the time may appear as 8:30 to 10:00.  The actual time is 6:30 to 8:00.

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