Make it Real: Stop Talking, Start Coding

Ken Tabor
Brian Sullivan
22 Sep 2018
11:00 am - 11:50 am
The Loft

Make it Real: Stop Talking, Start Coding

Prototypes simulate how a product might act in the real world. Designers use prototypes to help key stakeholders understand and visualize ideas. Prototypes get used to help guide early discussions because people can react to them. Sadly, designers spend many hours creating realistic-looking prototypes that are thrown away.

Programming is radically different than prototyping. The conversations get elevated when you start exploring how to make a product real through code. You talk about concrete needs like breakpoints between desktop and mobile screen sizes. Maintainability, scalability, reliability, and other engineering topics enter the discussions. Facts, opinions, and guesses become clearer.

How do you move conversations from the whiteboard to the keyboard?

In this talk, a design strategist and a software engineer will explain how they approach getting stakeholders to move quickly from talking about products to making them. We want you to walk away with practical advice to make things real.

What You Will Learn:

1. How to quickly gain insights and alignment from product stakeholders
2. When to move from prototype to coded products
3. Where to apply code to better solve a design problem
4. How to effectively collaborate with programmers
5. Ways to super-charge your sprint cycles to work better in code
6. Gain a box of tools and techniques for quickly prototyping web apps