Talks, workshops & events organized

I enjoy public speaking and facilitating workshops on agile/ux integration, product management and lean startup. Here’s a list of talks and workshops I’ve offered and events I’ve organized. please contact me if you’d like to organize a talk for your group or event.

Talks and workshops






  • (Sep) “Quick, Useful UI Sketches” at Opodz LA slides
  • (Sep) UX Week SF slides | video
  • (Aug) Innovator’s Mix “Is Your Innovation Team Balanced?” podcast
  • (Jul) “Hands on Lean UX for Digital Designers” at Opodz LA slides
  • (Jul) “Five Steps to Learn What Your Customers Really Want” Startup UCLA slides
  • (Jun) SoCal UX Camp “Quick, Useful UI Sketches”  slides
  • (May) Originate, Los Angeles “UX is a Team Sport” slides
  • (Mar) LA UX Meetup “User Experience & Lean Startup” slides | video
  • (Apr) Interview with Luis Novo, SuperNova Labs NYC video
  • (Apr)  LeanUXNYC “Conversation, Cadence & Culture” handout(2 handout(1) | slides
  • (Apr) LeanUXNYC “Mixing Lean UX and Agile Development” slides
  • (Jan) LSM, Santa Monica “Are you Ready to GOOB” slidecast


  • (Dec) The Lean Startup Conference, SF “I <heart> ugly”  slides | video
  • (Nov) Qcon San Francisco “User Experience, More Than Just a Pretty Stick” slides | video
  • (Oct) MuckerLab Santa Monica “Five Steps to Learn What Your Customers Really Want” slides
  • (Sep) LSM Santa Monica “Are you Ready to GOOB” slides
  • (Sep) Carbon Five Hack Night, Santa Monica “Personas for Coders” slides
  • (Jul)  TechJobs LA “The Right Stuff: What’s in YOUR Portfolio?” slides | video(1) video (2)
  • (Jul) Startup UCLA “Seven Tips for Effective Customer Conversations” slides
  • (Jun) Mobile UX Meetup, Los Angeles “The Right Stuff: What’s in YOUR Portfolio?” slides
  • (May) Michigan Lean Startup “More Than “Just a Pretty Stick, UX for Entrepreneurs” slides
  • (Feb) It’s Our Research interview with Tomer Sharon, NYC video
  • (Feb) Lean Camp, New York “Knowsy iPad Case study” slides
  • (Feb) AgileUXNYC “Quick, Visual, Collaborative & Continuous” slides | video
  • (Jan) LA Lean Startup Circle “Somewhere Over the Waterfall” slides | video
  • (Jan) Chicago Lean Startup Circle “Somewhere Over the Waterfall” video(1) video(2)


  • Balanced Team Conference, San Francisco “Hybrid User Interviews” – slidecast
  • LUXi Lean Startup Intensive workshops (SF, NYC) – handout
  • Ignite: Lean Startup “I (heart) ugly” – video
  • “I’m out of the building, now what?” LUXr – slides
  • “Interviewing for User Experience” Workshop – General Assembly
  • “Knowsy: Applying Agile UX Methods to iPad Game Design” AED Meetup – slides


  • “Gathering Intelligence, Conversations with Users” Northern NJ IxDA – slides
  • “Design Studio Workshop” AED Meetup – handouts


  • “Interaction Design + Product Management” SW PM Meetup – slides
  • “Beyond Features” Agile Alliance 2009 [with Luke Hohmann] – description, presentation
  • “The Missing Piece: Better Products by Design” Silicon Valley P-Camp – link
  • “Blending IxD and Agile” [with Jeff Patton] CHIFOO – slides

Prior to 2009

  • “User Experience and Agile” SW Grand Rapids (2008)
  • Keynote, Customer Experience 2007 Conference, Copenhagen Denmark (2007)
  • “Essential Interaction Design Tools” Society for Technical Communication (2006)
  • “Using Personas to Guide Design” Jared Spool’s UIE Roadshow (2005)

Events Organized

  • Co-organizer, Balanced Team Summit (2015) – more information
  • Co-organizer, FlowCon,  San Francisco (2014) – more information
  • Co-organizer, Balanced Team Los Angeles Salon | April 2014 | August 2014
  • Organizer, Balanced Team Conference  (2013) – more information
  • Program committee member, Flowcon San Francisco (2013) – more information
  • UX Stage chair, QconSF (2012) – more information
  • Organizer, Balanced Team Conference, (2011)- more information
  • Organizer, Agile/UX Retreats in SF, Grand Rapids, NYC (2010)
  • Open Space facilitator Agile NYC Agile Day (2010) – podcast
  • Co-chair, User Experience stage, Agile Alliance Conference  (2009)

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