LAST Conference. Videos, slides, and other coverage

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The best way to see all of the coverage about sessions at LAST Conference is to go an look at our Lanyrd page, where you can view the session pages, and see the aggregated coverage; slides, videos, visual notes, write ups, photos, etc.

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Most of my day on 27 July, was spent running around from room to room. Checking that everyone was OK, checking that the catering was going as planned, and so on. I also co-lead a session. I did get the chance to sit in on a couple of sessions, at least for short periods, but didn’t get to see a lot of stuff that sounded really great. So I have been looking forward to catching up on some videos of things that I missed. Craig’s been in charge of getting videos of sessions edited, and now he’s announced that they are all uploaded.

We videoed as many of the sessions  at LAST Conference, as we could. Two of the rooms we were running were lecture theatres, which had in built A/V capabilities, with the ability to put the video of the session leader on top of any presentation slides they had. In the other rooms, we simply had cameras mounted on tripods, pointed at the front of the room.

Some sessions didn’t lend themselves to being videoed, or the video didn’t turn out well, so not all sessions have one. However, there are 25 of them, so that should keep you/me busy for a while!

Visual Collaboration

I’ve not started watching the vids yet, except for the one that I have embedded above, and also a bit of Brett Maytom’s session. Lynne Cazaly‘s session about Visual Collaboration. seemed very well received, which I’m really pleased about.

I came across Lynne at a Trampoline Day, where she ran a session, which was quite similar to that in the video. I instantly thought that this was the type of thing that would be great for LAST. You may have noticed that I’m an advocate of UX techniques, and of incorporating more visual collaboration in general, in projects.

The other consideration was that the session was fun, with lots of engaging content, and laughter, as well as being useful. An added bonus…no Powerpoint!

She mentions James Wood’s Systems Thinking session, and she’s put the  visual notes she made up on Flickr. This was done using the Brushes iPad app, and puts my attempts at visual notes to shame. Must try harder!

Lynne also mentions Dan Roam’s book, The Back of the Napkin. I’d recommend this book, also.

Problem Solving with agile UX – Part 2

6 up 1 up exercise

6 up 1 up exercise

In Part 1, I talked about the motivation behind the “Problem Solving with agile UX” session at the recent LAST (Lean, Agile, and Systems Thinking) conference. Here, I’ll describe what happened on the day.

Back in May, Pete Grierson, a User Experience consultant at, agreed to present at a meeting of the Melbourne Agile and Scrum Meetup Group. He’s got solid experience at realestate, and in previous roles with agile UX, so I was pleased that he agreed to present that night.  Here’s my writeup of that event.

Originally, one of the options for that meetup, was to have a workshop section. However, the number of people, the size of the venue, and time limitations, meant that it wasn’t practical to do this. Instead, I decided to team up with Pete at LAST conference, and it was great to have a full house for our session.

You can see Pete’s slides used to support the workshop, in the Slideshare deck, below. As I wanted to avoid “death by Powerpoint”, at all costs, most of the time was spent doing a series of exercises, rather than dwelling on the slides.

We also had a video camera setup in the room, and if the video turns out any good, I’ll link to it here.

The session and the exercises had the goals of:

  • demonstrating how UX practices can increase shared understanding by supporting user stories and user story backlogs.
  • showing that UX can be a valuable weapon in your armoury; helping a team build something that is really useful, and valuable to a customer.
  • demonstrating that it’s most valuable to have the whole team involved in UX style activities, in order to collect latent knowledge about the issues, goals, and possible solutions. It’s not just the job of a UX person, all team members (product owners, business analysts, developers, testers), can and should be involved.
  • Showing that it need not take huge amounts of time to include UX practices in agile projects.
One thing I didn’t mention specifically is that UX techniques work great with Story Mapping as promoted in the work of Jeff Patton. My fellow conference co-organizeer, Craig, did a session on story mapping, earlier in the morning. I’ve also written about story mapping, on this site.

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Problem solving with agile UX – Part 1

In this article, I’ll explain the motivation behind the “Problem solving with agile UX” session that I lead with Peter Grierson, at LAST Conference, on 27 July. Part 2 discusses the session at the conference.

What movies are on tonight?

Let me clearly state, that I like Cinema Nova, quite a lot. They have quite a few screens, which means that there is usually a pretty good choice of films on any one night. So, this is not meant to be a heartless lampoon; more like constructive criticism.

One common scenario is that my movie going companions and I will finish work, and will often go for a quick meal at a local restaurant, either before the movie, or after it finishes. This means that  there are 2 windows of viewing opportunity; movies that start at around 6pm (finishing around 8pm), or ones that start at around 7:30.

As part of this scenario, I also want to find out what a movie was about. Although I regularly listen to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews podcast, and often watch At the Movies, I can’t always remember that the “free-wheeling rock ‘n’ roll love story set against the raucous magnificence and unforgettable sounds of Scotland’s leading music Festival” is called You Instead.

Also, I’d quite like to see how long the film is, to gauge whether I need to buy a choc top to stave off hunger pangs, or to not drink a lot of water, in the case of a long movie. This also gives me an idea of whether I’ll get home in good time on public transport, or whether I should get a taxi instead.

The first port of call on this is, of course their website. You can see below, the “Session Times” page:

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