When design and engineering communicate poorly, projects get challenging and the end results suffer. Additionally, distributed team members can become isolated and feel less empowered. This session will teach attendees how to improve communication and results by creating a culture of inquiry between design and engineering teams, with specific playbook examples that can be applied to any project.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Create an environment that fosters inquiry.
- Listen actively and empathetically.
- Recognize conflict and understand the impact on the team and project work.
- Move past dysfunction and head towards alignment.
Catrina AhlbachSenior Front-End Developer @ Bounteous
Catrina is a senior front-end developer who's spent the last three years writing back-end Adobe Experience Manager components and using design skills to make them shine. Her nearly 15 years of development experience have taught her how to be an ambassador for both UI/UX and engineering. Catrina has a passion for mentorship, fostering personal and professional growth as a technical team lead. She is Adobe Certified as an AEM Business Practitioner, and has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Andrew OlsonLead Front-End Developer @ Principal Financial Group
Andrew enjoys front-end development and the challenge of making the web accessible for everyone on any device. He has designed and developed dozens of sites for companies specializing in sporting goods, health and wellness, restaurant food service, and more. He is also a talented team leader, photographer, musician, and speaker. Andy is on the Drupal team at his current company, Principal Financial Group. At his previous company, Andy helped create an internal accessibility task force that performs accessibility audits for clients and advocates for accessibility initiatives. He is an organizer for A11yTalks, a monthly meet-up featuring conversations around digital accessibility. Andy remains active in open-source as the co-maintainer of the Live Captioning Initiative, an open-source project that helps hearing-impaired individuals participate at events online or in-person. He is an organizer of the Fox Valley Drupal Meet Up and Midwest Drupal Camp (MidCamp). In addition, Andy is Acquia Certified for Front End Development for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 and is an approved Acquia Site Studio 6 Site Builder. Andy has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa. A fun fact about Andy is that he sang in a band at Lollapalooza in Chicago.