Collaborate Bristol 2019

On Friday 21st July 2019, I attended Collaborate Bristol – A UX and design conference. Here are the links for a series of blog posts I published about each of the talks that were delivered.

  • Be passionate, not precious, about your work
    By taking a look into the human mind, Onkardeep Singh talks about how different people respond to challenges in a different way. It is therefore important to not be too precious about our work, detach ourselves so that our actions are not affected too much by our thoughts.
  • Building great products and successful teams
    Juliana Marinhago talks about her experiences at Monzo, a banking app aimed to provided a more positive user experience when compared to more traditional banks. This is better achieved by forming teams around outcomes instead of features.
  • Falling between the cracks
    Could a product have the capability of killing someone? This talk takes a very sombre tone but covers a very important subject. Jon Fisher provides 3 real life examples where poor design led to catastrophic results.
  • Web 3.0: How blockchain will change the way we interact with one another
    Georgia Rakusen provides an insightful introduction to blockchain and Web 3.0. A few examples are given that use blockchains and how they improve integrity and encourage participation and collaboration.
  • Don’t make it perfect, make it now
    Gavin Strange delivers an energetic talk about how we should experiment, explore and try out new ideas, and then share it with the world. Seek creative satisfaction wherever you can find it.
  • Flying the plane while changing the engine
    Hilary Brownlie
    shared her collaborative journey which started out by asking ‘what could we improve?’ This led to a culture change that focused on empathy and encouraged designers to listen to the user. Design ‘with’ not ‘for’.
  • What stands in the way of ethical AI?
    Catalina Butnaru introduces us to the principles of ethical AI which are essential for delivering the Minimum Ethical Product.
  • Diverse representations in design and awkward conversations with colleagues
    Eriol Fox
    demonstrates how unconscious bias can lead to applications that are not necessarily designed for everyone to use and called ‘edge cases’ are written off as a hindrance.

Final Thoughts…

Positive user experience and collaboration are essential when software testing. With all the software testing events that I take part in, it is good to step back and think things through a little differently. Collaborate Bristol 2019 gave me an opportunity to do just that. I now have new avenues of research to explore, which will help expand my knowledge and experience in software testing.

Thankyou Simon Norris and the other organisers at Collaborate Bristol for an enjoyable and informative day.

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