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FFK10 Recap

Two weeks after my rather epic journey home from Germany (thanks Iceland...), and I am finally sitting down and writing my recap. FFK was an exceptionally good event, and I am massively impressed with the FlashForum community in Germany. Cologne (Köln) is a fantastic town, and I recommend it highly. I want to thank Marc Thiele and Sascha Wolter for having me come down for the week. And most importantly, thank you to everyone who came to my session. It's always great to have a full room. :)

My session, titled "Work:Flow" was a variant of the talk I had originally planned on giving. I ended up focusing a bit more on the interpersonal aspects of an organization and how they can aid or inhibit work. To those expecting a more detailed rundown of popular methodologies, I apologize.

Download slides (PDF)

I also promised a reading list, so here ya go!

Apprenticeship Patterns by Dave Hoover and Adewale Oshineye

Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun

Design Thinking by Tim Brown (IDEO)

IDEO HCD (Human Centered Design) Toolkit

NASA Systems Engineering Handbook

IDEO Method Cards

Getting Real by 37Signals

Rework by 37Signals

Managing Humans by Michael Lopp

The Art of Agile Development by James Shore

That should be more than enough to keep you busy through the summer. If you have a book that I missed that you think fits well here, please post in the comments!



Finally, I can say something official about it. I have been asked to speak at FOTB2010 for its five year anniversary!

According to the web, the traditional gift for a 5th anniversary is wood.

I doubt I'll be giving John any wood. ;)

I spoke at the very first FOTB, and have attended each year. It's a completely different kind of conference, one of the few to start and survive in Europe (the other being FFK, which I am speaking at in a week). There are so many great people speaking this year that to start listing them would be silly. I just suggest you look at the list. All I know is that I fully intend to reclaim my throne as Indian Leg Wrestling champion from Josh "The Tower" Hirsch, and struggle to figure out what to give Stacey Mulcahy for a gift this year.

Tickets go on sale in 2 weeks, I hope to see you there!



FFK10 Speaker

So, with everything that has been happening in the first part of the year, I have been neglect in announcing that I will be speaking at FFK10 (April 14th and 15th) in Koln, Germany! This is the German Flash User Group's annual to-do, with a great range of speakers like Seb Lee-Desisle, Ralph Hauwert, Jesse Freeman, Mark Doherty, and more! I'll be presenting "DIY Workflow, or, How Being Agile Can Break Your Back". It's a quick overview of popular workflows in our industry, what makes them successful, what makes them fail, and how to take parts from each that apply to your work and build your own workflow. It's a bit of a strange topic for a Flash conference, but I think we need to talk more about productive ways of teams working together, organically, than the usual "he said, she said" that comes with multidisciplinary teams.

I hope to see you all there! Tickets are selling out fast!