Flowcon SF 2014, September 3-4 San Francisco, California

Presentation: "Why Documents Fail And What You Can Do About It"

Time: Wednesday 11:15 - 11:45 / Location: Metropolitan 3

Product design documents are like vacation photos. They help the people that were there relive and recall details, but fail to give people who weren't there the same amount or quality of information. Effective teams know how to collaborate for shared understanding. In this talk, I'll show how Agile stories and story mapping help everyone on the team work together to understand the problem space and design and validate products more effectively.

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Jeff Patton, Agile and Product Design Coach, Co-founder of Comakers LLC

Jeff Patton

Biography: Jeff Patton

Since 2000, Jeff has designed and developed software on a wide variety of projects; from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. He has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular, he specializes in the application of user centered design techniques to improve Agile requirements, planning, and products. Some of his recent writing on the subject can be found at www.AgileProductDesign.com and Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. His forthcoming book, to be released in Addison-Wesley’s Agile Development Series, gives tactical advice to those seeking to deliver useful, usable, and valuable software. 

Jeff is the founder and list moderator of the agile-usability Yahoo discussion group, a columnist with StickyMinds.com and IEEE Software, and a winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development. In 2012 he co-founded Comakers with his partner, Aaron Sanders. Comakers specializes in building skills in collaborative concepts and tools and liberating process so that the way people work, works. 

Twitter: @jeffpatton