Praxent Submits 4 SXSW Panels To Share Ideas On Digital Innovation
SXSW is an annual conference and festival that takes place in Austin, Texas each March. Featuring cross-industry thought leaders, creatives and the latest trends, SXSW offers engaging sessions on a variety of topics. Each year the SXSW team crowdsources some of their content, enabling speakers from around the world to submit panel proposals via the PanelPicker.
As a company that values unique ideas, Praxent is excited for the opportunity to share our expertise in digital innovation at SXSW 2020. We submitted 4 panels to the PanelPicker this year, and hope to make it into the program. Check out our panel submissions below, and be sure to click on the links to vote for your favorites. Community voting is open through August 23!
Praxent’s SXSW 2020 Panel Submissions
Insights & Pitfalls Of The Product Strategy Phase
Scoping and estimating a project can be hard — even when you have a clear objective and strategy defined. This panel explores the best way to navigate ambiguity, hone in on objective, and address the challenges that arise when moving from an idea to implementation. We’ll look at the many nuances involved in digital product development, and share tips on how to manage the strategy phrase. We’ll also reveal how to best identify tactical milestones and recognize when a strategy is truly ready for implementation.
About The Speakers
Kelly Morrison, Senior Delivery Lead: Kelly manages cross-functional teams of designers, engineers, and QA analysts to deliver software products for Praxent’s clients. She has a background in software development and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Kelly is passionate about building Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) by focusing on value-driven feature prioritization.
Kelly Cogan, Senior Delivery Lead: Kelly’s background spans all phases of the product lifecycle—from ideation and discovery, to design, development, and implementation. As a certified scrum product owner, he has experience across industries such as utilities, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, and media. He has a thirst for knowledge and thrives when he’s able to validate new methods to drive innovative product delivery.
7 Traits Of Excellent Digital Product Managers
Achieving consistent alignment around the end vision – across teams and projects – is essential to becoming an innovation engine. Yet achieving this level of collaboration can be extremely difficult, due to unique perspectives brought to the table by engineers, designers and even clients. Teams working in integrated product environments often struggle to align, which can result in competitive, isolated environments prohibitive of innovation. This panel looks at what happens when vision and innovation breakdowns occur. We’ll explore the instrumental role Project Managers play in achieving the cohesion needed to bridge the gap between diverse teams of people and to succeed.
About The Speaker
Jamie Gelo, Director of PMO: Jamie served 3 years as a product leader at Mutual Mobile and is currently the Project Management Office Director at Praxent, where she is responsible for product management, project management and Scrum Master success.
Field Manual For Rapid Innovation
What is an “innovation culture,” and how can you build this innovation culture within an established organization? This in-depth workshop explores this question, focusing on five tactics that drive effective and rapid digital innovation within any organization.
Through the case of Bungalo Homes we’ll explore the real-world application of the 5 tactics that make innovation a visible part of company culture. We’ll share how these tactics drive actionable value for stakeholders, and provide tips on avoiding common fear-based pitfalls. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a free copy of Praxent’s Field Manual for Rapid Innovation!
About The Speakers
Deanna Dial, Principal, Product Strategy: Deanna is a passionate product leader with over 10 years of experience in the strategy, design, and development of websites and mobile apps. Her background includes working with Fortune 100 companies and various start-ups. She leads human-centered design efforts to inspire empathetic products and architect digital solutions.
Ryan Spanswick, Director of Design: Ryan has over a decade of experience in user experience design, visual design front end development, user research and creative leadership for a variety of organizations, including Starbucks and Blackboard. He is passionate about developing creative professionals and finding ways to make his team more successful.
Creating A Disrupt Your Business Team
Established companies often develop set processes and mindsets based upon what has or hasn’t worked for them in the past. Over time these methods become the default, and in the process set invisible limits on growth and goals. While visionaries in an organization may seek to challenge the status quo to achieve higher levels of progress, many others become blind to the possibilities that exist beyond their current way of operating.
What if, instead of trying to change the culture of an entire organization, you could instead seed a transformation? In this panel we’ll teach you how to do exactly that by implementing a ‘Disrupt Your Business Team.’ We’ll share 8 simple rules for creating a Disrupt Your Business Team that will both accelerate your ability to respond to competitive threat and set your organization up for success.
About The Speaker
Tim Hamilton, founder of Praxent: Tim Hamilton founded Praxent in 2000 when he was 16. He has since grown the company into a leading digital innovation agency headquartered in Austin, Texas with a nationwide network of teams and clients. A graduate in MIS and Economics from UT, Austin, Tim has extensive experience with digital innovation, enterprise IT and business management. Today, Tim passionately invests in strengthening Praxent and its clients alongside the best software architects, delivery leads and developers in a contagiously upbeat company culture.