The Unexpected Joys and Sorrows of Translating In-person Experiences to On-Line Tools
Luke Hohmann, Enthiosys
Innovation Games were originally designed to be in-person, goal-directed, serious games that enabled small groups of people to use collaborative play techniques to accomplish complex goals. Over the past year, in response to customer demand, Enthiosys has been working to translate some of the games into a new online serious gaming platform. When we started, we had some expectations about what would and would not work. Some of these expectations were validated. What's more interesting has been the unexpected joys and surprising sorrows. In this talk, Luke Hohmann, creator of Innovation Games, will present an overview of a few of the games and share some of Enthiosys's experiences in creating online versions of the in-person games. You'll get the chance to play in-person games, and, technology permitting, play some online games (bring your laptop -- we'll play online if we can). You can expect very little (to no) fancy PowerPoint and instead frank discussions on a few key aspects of how our future will evolve as we create increasingly innovative forms of online collaboration.
Luke Hohmann is founder and CEO of Enthiosys, a recognized expert on agile product management of software products and a former senior software product manager at four companies. He is also the author of three books and numerous articles on software product management. Before founding Enthiosys in 2003, Luke was vice president of business development in the U.S. for Aladdin Knowledge Systems; vice president of engineering and product development at Aurigin Systems Inc.; education technical director at ObjectSpace Inc.; and vice president of systems engineering at EDS Fleet Services. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior. He is also a former National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion, as well as a certified aerobics instructor. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids and his wife's cooking. He also enjoys long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains to burn off his wife's cooking.
How to Fire Your Boss and Start Your Own Consulting Business
John Carter, Consultant
There are many ways to go about consulting, but how do you do it, and how do you do it successfully? Most consulting companies fail because they can not attract the clients who need their services. Failed strategies include calling on their former associates, attending networking events, and cold calling, and waiting for the phone to ring. The key to successful consulting is marketing -- NOT selling. This presentation will be based on the creation of a successful boutique consulting firm, Product Development Consulting Inc. which was founded in 1990 and is still thriving in Boston. The talk will describe the practical marketing techniques that were used to establish and grow the firm, and give tangible best practices and operational metrics in order to get clients to call you, not the other way around. The focus on marketing in the presentation will help aspiring consultants, or those who are more experienced find greater success without stress.
John Carter has been a CEO, CTO, founder, and a widely respected consultant over his 35-year career. He has provided merger and acquisition advice to technology firms (targets acquired by Google and Computer Associates) and the private equity firm Vantage Point Venture Partners as Principal of TCGen. In 2004 John and his partner raised capital and executed a global rollup strategy in consumer electronics integrating the brand operations of Klipsch, Jamo and API which tripled sales and doubled profit in less than three years. Prior to TCGen, he was the Founder and a Principal of Boston-based Product Development Consulting Inc., a leading consultancy advising Fortune 500 companies in the areas of research, development, and marketing. He has consulted for many high technology companies, working with clients such as Abbott, Apple, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and 3M where he applied best practices in areas such as portfolio management, stage gate, metrics, product definition, and teamwork. Before starting PDC, John was Chief Engineer of BOSE Corporation. He earned his SM in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California." (Continued via BayCHI) [Usability Resources]