Talking to people about design might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well. And, in many cases, how you communicate with designers, stakeholders, clients, and other non-designers is more critical than the designs themselves – simply because the most articulate person usually wins.
Based on the best-selling book from O'Reilly, this practical and fun workshop focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting design. Whether it’s the design of websites, apps or other products, you'll learn how to win over anyone who has influence over the project—with the goal of creating the best experience for the end user. Using techniques from improvisational theatre, we’ll laugh our way through the process of explaining design to the people around us.
What we will do:
Walk through the process of preparing for and presenting design
Understand stakeholder perspectives, and learn how to empathize with them
Cultivate both implicit and explicit listening skills
Learn tactics and formulas for expressing the most effective response to feedback
Discover why the way you follow through is just as crucial as the meeting itself
What we will achieve:
Get in the right frame of mind for discussing design
Identify stakeholder values and needs
Manage design meetings and conversations
Listen to design feedback effectively
Document design decisions for the future
Effectively respond to design feedback
Apply common strategies and tactics for making your case
Discussing common challenges with explaining design
Writing stakeholder stories to better see their perspective
Evaluating your own skill at articulating design decisions
Practicing tactics for responding with other participants
Applying techniques from improvisational comedy
Simulating design conversations and scenarios
Who's this workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone who needs to talk about design! While most attendees will be designers, many developers, product owners, researchers, and business people also benefit from the ideas and best practices. Regardless of your role in the design process, everyone needs to be better at articulating design decisions.
What will participants learn?
We'll have a full breakfast buffet with coffee, eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, and fruit. We'll also have boxed meals for lunch. Please note any dietary restrictions specified upon registration (gluten-free is usually easy with the caterer).
Red Hat Annex
190 E Davie St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Note: This is NOT the main Red Hat entrance. This is a separate entrance that is next to Oak City Meatball. We will provide additional sign-in details closer to the event.
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