#PCampBoston: Sorting out PM and UX

Jeff Lash @jefflash wrote this blog post Product Management Is Not User Experience and I read it just last week. And now he is in the room facilitating a session Sorting out PM and UX, further elaborating his opinion expressed in the blog post.

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Event is abstract. Life is specific.

12 speakers, 2 days' seminar, 1 day workshop. I think this event is well curated. Opening talk by An Event Apart co-founder Jeffery Zeldman, listed reasons for this conference - we're here because web design as a relatively young and ill-defined discipline, is still not fully understood by our boss, our clients, our creative directors and design award judges. Not even ourselves. Then 10 speakers from various backgrounds and perspectives blew my mind. Just when I thought I was in a dream that I didn't want to wake up from, closing talk by Scott Berkun pumped up the spirit by encouraging designers and engineers alike to take initiatives once we're back in our workplace, making innovations happen, strategically (session notes).

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#aeabos: Screen Time & Mobile Design Now

Luke Wroblewski talked about Screen Time on day 1, then gave a full day workshop on day 3 on Mobile Design. The knowledge and information he brought to the table is really really really condensed. I'll try to capture my notes here on a high level. In case you want to hear him talking, I found a video of him talking at Designer + Geeks event: It's a Write/Read (Mobile) Web.

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#aeabos: Responsive Design Performance Budget

Paul Irish's talk is a bit too technical for me. But while I was googling references I came across this line on his colleague Ilya Grigorik's personal site:


Other takeaways from Paul's talk:

Improving mobile performance.

  • Bandwidth vs. Latency: impact on page loading time
    • Video streaming is bandwidth; bandwidth is related to page size.
    • Web browsing is latency; latency is related to how many requests the page sends.
    • Eliminate render-blocking Javascript and CSS. Deliver goods.
  • The performance waterfall - this I have to read a blog post to understand.

#aeabos: Mind the Gap

Josh Clark talked about the dreams we collectively had back when we were all industrial design major:

  • Physical product has a digital avatar.
  • Digital product is an extension of our human body.
  • there's no real distinction between a dummy product (TV, refrigerator, vacuum machine, microwave...) and a "smart" product. Ubiquitous (mundane) computing. Makes magic.
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