Yesterday I took a part as a listener of #wudby http://wud.usability.by/. That was a fun, and especially for me as I won 3 prices for the 3 best questions. I would provide some technical feedback and overview of the conference below too. Now – see some pictures of my prices and questions from my side to speakers which are covered as well.
Speakers which decided to make me a winner are: Yuri Shilyaev http://yuri.shilyaev.com/, Pavel Konoplitskiy http://pkonoplitskiy.moikrug.ru and Vjacheslav Kosjrev (Epam Systems company, a person which was my first Java Script trainer 8-9 years ago).
1) to Slave Kosjrev: which variant do you think is better for porting from web (browsers) to mobile environment – own applications under different platforms (android, iphone etc) or own mobile web site. Slava chosen second variant as there are two much gaps between HTML (Mobile Profile) interpretations from the side of different devices and mobile browsers.
2) second one to Yuri was on the following. We discussed several approaches in organizing teams. First one was to have to parallel teams, and second in having agile and scrum inside teams allowing UI designer (and usability specialist as well) to be deeply integrated into a team, what could provide better understanding of each other and decreases cliche between UI and developers. Yuri said that it depends on the situation, and in general as I understood he is for separation. The interesting thing about that is friend of mine to which I proposed a cooperation in the terms of JazzTeam company sent to me a mind map also with departments, but my attitude is quite different. If to say about Open Source, and about Scrum, then we must say about team-based separation. That is true Agile, and that is great to allow designer and usability specialist to be ob the board of a project for the whole life-time of this project. In that case there won’t be a situation which was described by Yuri when UI manager is paid for the piece of work and do not want to continue working hard at project. Allow your UI designer to be a part of Scrum team. But for sure, this option is not appropriate for the big companies like Epam.
3) third question came to Pavel, and it was on th percentage of time Usability specific activities take at Europe and Russia, and Belarus. Pasha was saying about something like 10% percent at Russia and even more percent at Europe/USA as ideal solution. Also Pasha said that this is only his personal thoughts as he had not have this information before conference. But my be Pasha would check this out later.
Just a kitty by #solit crew
Prorotyping by Rosenfield, covers Vision, Axure, Paper etc, rather actual stuff as I was sending some thoughts to universe to get some info on that
All the prizes together. T-shirt from facebook. Facebook, thank you!
USB-connector, nice stuff, I was thinking to buy similar one when doing JazzTeam Kiev session, but just decided not do that. And you see – Universe always answers positively
A program of conference could be found here wud.usability.by.
1) Pasha @badlittleduck and @usability_by said something about prototyping stancils which could be found at usability.by for something like 1$. And that these money goes for pets. During this speaking I was thinking about the following usability areas which are not covered yet at all:
– usability at open source (Open Source UX)
– tools configuration UX
– Open Source developers flows UX
I am crazy with that ideas and I am ready to provide some clues on the conferences.
Also Pasha said to my question, that he is thinking about studying some “services based usability”, like logistics tasks in metro, on the street etc. I think Pasha knows this relates to math, and that is interesting if Pasha is involved into that math. That could be said about Math based UX, right guys?
In general I like Pasha for his style of speaking, and behaving. Very open minded, contr-burocratic, I would say “user friendly”. Cool!
2) Artem Yancevich talked about simplicity at the projects, and nice question to him was about left-handers and android smartphones.
Artem also talked about paved paths, and why builders do not do paths basing on common sense. My answer according to Republic of Belarus is corruption and don’t-care style of living.
3) Third one was from Oleg Zibrov and was about guides. In one sentence I would say the following: if you have a huge code base and practical experience you could do something advanced without any “fu***ng” guides. That is all about this.
4) Slava was my favorite speakers, and I had a chance just to see what Slave does in his usual working life. He is really expert and I like him as a human. Slava’s presnetation contains lots of useful examples related to HTML 5 Mobile Profile and I would recommend to download it from official conference site. That was on viewports and about CSS 3 media-querying. If to say simply for Javers media-querying is analog of xpath for xml, but that stuff also allows you to create logical statements and assign to them some CSS styles. Using this approach you could do some DHTMLing without using JS at all – for example when your Android changes position e.g. to landscape and something changes. I am sure there are appropriate JS events still this is funny and must to have in mind. In general this is a speaker providing the most valuable content. Respect, Slava!
5) Genadz Dragun talked on World of Tanks. The only questions I had are – if the sources of game client open sourced? And which language/technologies used to create the game. Is it possible to provide some overview on that – like mind map for newcommers?
6) I really liked Vadim Skrotskii presentation for the very expressive and persuasive speaking style. Great presentation. And more then great discussion with the people. Strong guy. Only question is if UI designer or usability specialist would think about money and business – won’t it harm creativity and cleanness of their art work (like energy which is put into art work, if the subject is money and business – then which kind of energy would be brought to this art).
7) Yury Shiljaev is covered above, what to say more. Very funny, human being presentation from the employee of my former Epam Systems company. This guy is a manager, and I believe has outstanding experience.
Finishing this post I would thank all the guys which were involved into organization of the conference! Nice to have such events in Belarus. But I have some critics and that is a lack of technically strong presentations. Only Slava was a good one there (for sure in my opinion). Also very often at the conferences seems to be speakers think about all the people in the whole but not about professionals, but I believe if there are 300 students and 10 profis, then presentation MUST be interesting for profis.