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Dev Week 2014
March 31 – April 4, 2014

“How to design stuff that matters, fast.”

Too much time is wasted creating that big design upfront, only to find that users don’t like what you have built once it has been released. Today, we are in danger of not only over-designing, but also designing solutions to the wrong problems. In this workshop, I demonstrate how to experiment with rapid design techniques to ensure design solutions for the right business problems are delivered to the right target audiences rapidly and continuously. He will show how to create design solutions fast, as a team, and how to work with a client to get products that really matter out into market early.

Good design involves elegantly solving problems despite the constraints. More often than not, time is one of those constraints. In this workshop you will be forced to think and act quickly, exploring how to quickly work as a team to address a real-world problem; rapidly analysing customer, industry and business trends, behaviours and needs to validate ideas; and learning how to apply the latest design thinking, Lean Startup, Lean UX and agile methodologies, to bring your prototype to life and ensure it is as useful as it can possibly be.


LEAN UX NYC
April 11-13, 2013, New York, USA

“Successfully Incorporating Lean Startup into Large Organizations”

Large organizations have money, time and resources to deliver awesome products and services. So why do some big ideas fail and take so long to deliver? Failing fast and early is expected of any start up; constantly adapting and changing till they have created something truly valuable.

In this session Eewei Chen will show you how to:

  • Combine lean, agile and start-up techniques effectively
  • Define value
  • Test assumptions and avoid analysis paralysis
  • Decide to better or different
  • Pivot or persevere
  • Accelerate your product development
  • React and adapt to change
  • Measure progress using innovation accounting
  • Sustain an internal start-up whilst protecting the parent organization

November 19-24, 2012, Bangalore, India

Usability and Interface Design Workshops for Product Professionals is a one of a kind series of hands-on workshops designed for senior product professionals to make sure they are equipped with not only the practical understanding of how to develop and validate an idea into an commercially viable product but also apply structured design thinking to engineer usability in the productizing process.

 

19  October 2012, London UK

Design Challenge: Applying strategic UX techniques to solve a problem in 90 minutes

Many companies, in their haste to be first to market, forget the value of good early, strategic design thinking when creating a product or service. This results in mediocrity, and ultimately leads to an unloved brand experience where consumers become fickle and disloyal. Now, whether leading a design team, sitting on the board of directors or starting up a company, UX practitioners have made their way back up the value chain and have been re-empowered to make decisions that really can change the world.

Eewei’s workshop centers on the fact that strategic design is critical to the success of the business and pulls together his insights and learnings to help set those brave enough to take on this responsibility in the right direction. You will also talk about how to straddle the cross roads and actively connect that emotional relationship between the business and design.
http://uxpeople.co.uk/2012/

15-17  October 2012, London UK

Successfully incorporate lean start up and agile techniques into your organization

In this session Eewei Chen will let you know how to – Combine lean, agile and start-up techniques effectively, Test value and growth hypothesis Avoid analysis paralysis. Large organizations have money, time and resources to deliver awesome products and services. So why do some big ideas fail and take so long to deliver? Failing fast and early is expected of any start up because they constantly adapt and change till they have created something truly valuable. You’ll also learn how to: Be better or different, Pivot or persevere, Accelerate by batching, continuation and pulling, Adapt to change, Measure progress using innovation accounting, Sustain an internal start-up whilst protecting the parent organization. Avoid analysis paralysis, Be better or different, Pivot or persevere, Accelerate by batching, continuation and pulling, Adapt to change, Measure progress using innovation accounting, Sustain an internal start-up whilst protecting the parent organization.

http://futureofwebapps.com

 

October 12 October 2012, G Live in central Guildford

STRATEGIC UX TECHNIQUES TO HELP CREATE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES

Many companies, in their haste to be first to market, forget the value of good early, strategic design thinking when creating a product or service. This results in mediocrity and ultimately leads to an unloved brand experience where consumers become fickle and disloyal. Now, UX practitioners have an opportunity to make UX a leading part of the service and value they are offer to clients. My talk centers on why strategic design is critical to the success of any business. I pull together insights and learning to help set those brave enough to take on this responsibility, in the right direction to connect business value and good design thinking to meet real customer needs.

http://webexpoguildford.co.uk/

 

August 13–17, 2012 Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center

http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/

UX Stage co-producer

We are especially keen to demonstrate some of the ways Agile and User Experience practices are being combined in the Lean Startup and Lean UX communities: driving the iterative discovery and development of new products in new and exciting ways.

Questions this stage will attempt to answer:

  • What is the future role of UX?
  • How do you discover what users really want?
  • How can you better iterative to discover new product ideas?
  • How can generative user research be integrated with agile projects?
  • How can an agile team sustain a long-term product vision?
  • How do UX practices help agile teams build better products?
  • How do you put practical UX skills into the hands of the whole team?
  • How do you deal with the challenges of UX work on your agile team?
  • What are UX practitioners doing to enhance real world agile projects?

The stage aims to bring together practical and theoretical sessions from the best practitioners in the field.

 

22-24 June, London

Leanstartup machine London

Startup mentoring

Lean Startup Machine is a competitive three-day workshop where you will learn how to apply Lean Startup methodologies in the real world. This is not about writing code–but building things that people want. Bring your team, come alone to pitch an idea, or work on someone else’s.

 

16-17 June, Vivanta By Taj Hotel, M G Road, Bangalore, India

http://www.uxutsav.com/

Strategic User Experience

My talk centers on the fact strategic design is critical to the success of the business and pulls together his insights and leanings to help set those brave enough to take on this responsibility in the right direction. Eewei will also talk about how to straddle the cross roads and actively connect that emotional relationship between the business and design.

Prototype to solve a real world problem in 180 minutes

Participants will learn how to create design solutions fast, as a team, and with clients, to get products that really matter out onto market quickly. This collaborative workshop will also take the attendees through the key stages of the design challenge, including empathy mapping, idea value map, user journeys/paper prototype, business modelling and elevator pitch.

 

17-19 Feb 2012, Le Meridien Hotel, Bengaluru

Agile India 2012

Create and pitch a Start up idea in 90 minutes

Come and join me in Bengaluru, India as I issue you a topical challenge and you form teams to create a viable business idea that you can literally take and pitch to an investor. Learn about what investors really care about and what your users care about to create something useful, delightful and hopefully something that has never been done before! Oh and I promise you will have fun too!

 

10-11 November 2011,13:30 - 15:00, Cambridge UK

UX Cambridge

Idea to prototype in just 180 minutes

Too much time is wasted creating that big design upfront only to find that users don’t like what you have built once it has been released. Today we are in danger of not only over designing, but also designing solutions to the wrong problems. Work with me as I help teams experiment with rapid design techniques to ensure design solutions for the right business problems are delivered to the right target audiences rapidly and continuously. Learn how to create design solutions fast as a team and work with a client to get products that really matter out into market early that will delight users.

http://www.uxcambridge.net/uxc2011/programme.php

 

28th – 30th of October 2011, London, UK

Launch 48 London

Mentoring start ups to deliver a pitch for a new product in 48 hours

http://london.launch48.com/mentors/

 

3 October 2011, 9am-5pm, London UK

The Future of Web Apps

How to Build a Web App Fast

This workshop allows you to experiment with rapid design and coding techniques to help you deliver an idea for a first prototype in less than 8 hours. Teams will be issued a surprise challenge and have the duration of the workshop to create a web app that will delight users and answer the challenge!

http://futureofwebapps.com/london-2011/schedule/

 

8-12 August 2011, 1:30-3:00 pm, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Agile 2011

How to design stuff that matters fast

Too much time is wasted creating that big design upfront only to find that users don’t like what you have built once it has been released. Today we are in danger of not only over designing, but also designing solutions to the wrong problems. Work with me as I help teams experiment with rapid design techniques to ensure design solutions for the right business problems are delivered to the right target audiences rapidly and continuously. Learn how to create design solutions fast as a team and work with a client to get products that really matter out into market early that will delight users.

http://program2011.agilealliance.org/event/4fc1fbda5669566fd8d54cb73209a967

 

24-26 June 2011, Kingston, UK

Launch 48 Kingston

Mentoring start ups

Having attended Design Jams and hack camps, this first event where I could see design, development and running a real business come together. It offered up a new and exciting challenge: How could I be super effective at helping businesses formulate, ideate, design and get ready to present their exciting new business propositions in 48 hours!

http://kingston.launch48.com/mentors/

 

14 May 2011, Oxford, UK

Design Jam Oxford

Rapid ideation tips and design mentoring

Design Jam is a one-day design session, during which people will team up to tackle engaging User Experience (UX) challenges. Similar to developer ‘hackdays’ the aim is to get UX professionals, designers, developers (and more) together to learn and collaborate with each other while working on actual design problems. The sessions champion open-source thinking & sharing and are non-profit, run by local volunteers.

http://www.designjams.org/wiki/Design_Jam_Oxford

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