Got to break out from the office to attend (and speak I dare say) at the excellent “Web and Beyond Conference” in Amsterdam. The conference was organised by Chi Netherlands and focuses on the practise & business of user experience. I felt very privileged to speak in my new hometown about Lean UX.

I got myself prepared early, practising my talk on a few friends, and hammering out some slides a few days before. I knew my stuff, although got a bit nervous (in all good ways). I really just wanted to deliver something people can use. I had spoken at conferences before but never in Amsterdam.

On the morning of the conference it hit me that I may not get enough people coming to my talk, this was compounded by the fact my talk was in another building way off in another direction from the main hall. When I first got down to the conference it was just me and my colleague David. I thought I was going to have to just present to him… but then they came… in the hundreds. It was amazing to see – so amazing I took a picture.

The talk started 10mins late due to the number of people coming in (which lets face it was no bad thing). This put some pressure on the timing of the whole slides. The talk itself just felt natural, I went through the Lean UX process as we run it at Cloud9 IDE — highlighting all the tools we use to get the job done. If you are interested in having a look at the slides you can have a gander here:

There were some super talented people we met there. Of worthy note was Boon who not only did his own amazing talk but also did a sketch of mine… that’s enough to give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

The rest of the conference was very interesting, and was nice to see other presentations like Toms and Tacos linking into exactly what we are doing at Cloud9 IDE which is great validation! Love seeing people doing things the same way as you.

What we took away from this is that Lean UX is here, it’s gathering momentum and agile strategies in general are the way forward. It is also nice to see such innovation and research being done for user experience (UX) in general. The conference gets the big thumbs up from me.

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