Liveblogging Women Working in Technology (WWiT) Conference (3)–Becky Perez “Self-Aware and Successful”

Liveblogging Women Working in Technology (WWiT) Conference (3)–Becky Perez “Self-Aware and Successful”

Emotional Intelligence is 85% of financial success (Carnegie study). Becky Perez think it’s really of all success.

Social Distance Model shows that perceived differences among people lead to barriers to inclusion and negatively affect quality of work relationship.

Another model: Intent vs. Impact. One’s intent may not reflect the impact one has on others.

Perez finishes her workshop with an exercise in self-awareness and the impact of social distance on our lives and careers.

Point several delegates made: diverse organizations do better, despite the frictions the workforce encounters from working with different kinds of people.

One delegate made the point this is particularly true in ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) organizations.

Liveblogging Women Working in Technology (WWiT) Conference (2)–Megan McManes on Design Thinking

Megan McManes (MM), next speaker:

Design Thinking: Thinking Inside & Outside the Box – Megan McNames, Product Owner, Emplify

  1. Likes design thinking as a concept and approach to work. Her blog post on company site on this topic is their most popular.
  2. Design thinking is the INNOVATION at the center of three circles of product requirements: Desirable|Feasible|Viable
  3. MM suggests three critical stages in design thinking: Inspiration>Ideation>Implementation
  4. “It’s a process of going wide and then narrowing.”
  5. Inspiration depends on Divergent Thinking in problem exploration
  6. Convergence finds the patterns of the data we are bringing in, then reassembling with basic themes that emerge; called “Affinity Mapping.”
  7. MM likes to print many things out. This is helpful to keep track of the many data points that come when you are doing research.
  8. In design, you have to be able to relish the answers users give when you ask: “Tell me what you HATE about our product.”
  9. How to generate divergent solutions: defer judgment; reward quantity over quality; share ideas and ask people build on them
  10. “Design thinking is for everybody.” It’s nonlinear. “Less about stages, and more about spaces.” “It’s really a series of overlapping spaces.”

Liveblogging Women Working in Technology (WWiT) Conference (1)–Opening & Lauren Koenig Keynote

Today, 24 March 2017 is the annual Women Working in Technology conference, sponsored by the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University (BSU).

CICS Associate Director Kirsten Smith opens the conference after a clever introductory video, developed by CICS Graduate Assistant Matthias Tankersley. (Theme music reminiscent of David Letterman Show. Letterman is a Ball State University alumnus.)

Opening Keynote by Lauren Koenig (BSU ’04, in Journalism), CEO and Cofounder of TWIP (“Traveling With Interesting People”). Based in New York City.

She says “Let curiosity drive you.”

Her approach for the delegates is EDIPT, an acronym to remember by her own mnemonic “Every Day I Plan Trips.”

EDIPT stands for Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test.

These are the steps she uses to develop her projects.

Her company has designed a “Travanality” personality profile of traveler types. (Maverick, Altruist, Epicurien, Culturist, Soulager, Wayfarer, Imaginavo, Purist, Urbanite) See the company website.

TWIP Travanality figure

“You can’t be too focused. Noise is necessary to find the signal.”

“Don’t be too tunnel visioned. You may miss the biggest opportunities.”