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Talks about Remote Issues

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Late Morning Talks11:50 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Bake in Cross-Functional CollaborationCross-functional TeamsLeadershipRemote Issues
    Cheryl Contee,, YesWeCode, Fission Strategy
    Room: Grand Ballroom

    When you run a startup, it’s easy to assume that your small team necessarily works cross-functionally, because you all talk pretty often. But when you’re trying to move quickly, and lots of projects are run by just one person, you can inadvertently skip important collaboration across roles. Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of, talks about how her startups bake in cross-functional collaboration from the beginning, both to improve their products and to lay the groundwork for holistic product development as they grow.

Concurrent Afternoon Talks 44:30 PM - 4:50 PM

  • Use Lean Startup Techniques on a Remote TeamLeadershipRemote Issues
    Room: Fountain

    A lot of distributed companies use Lean Startup techniques for product development. But it’s challenging to successfully run customer development and cross-functional experiments with remote colleagues. William Donnell, lead design and UX specialist at Sodium Halogen, teaches creative techniques for very effective Lean Startup approaches on a virtual team.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concurrent Afternoon Talks 12:20 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Use Remote Tools for Customer DevelopmentCustomer DevelopmentRemote Issues
    Room: Gold

    You understand the importance of engaging directly with your customers as you develop products for them. But what happens when your user base is very far away? User experience consultant Holly DeWolf shares practical, cost-effective techniques for overcoming distance challenges and engaging with lots of customers remotely.