Effective Cross-Functional Communication

Catrina Ahlbach, Bounteous
Andrew Olson, Bounteous

When design and engineering communicate poorly, projects get challenging and the end results suffer. Additionally, distributed team members can become isolated and feel less empowered. This session will teach attendees how to improve communication and results by creating a culture of inquiry between design and engineering teams, with specific playbook examples that can be applied to any project.

Attendees will learn how to:

Create an environment that fosters inquiry.
Listen actively and empathetically.
Recognize conflict and understand the impact on the team and project work.
Move past dysfunction and head towards alignment.
Catrina Ahlbach
Senior Front-End Developer @ Bounteous
Catrina is a senior front-end developer who's spent the last three years writing back-end Adobe Experience Manager components and using design skills to make them shine. Her nearly 15 years of development experience have taught her how to be an ambassador for both UI/UX and engineering. Catrina has a passion for mentorship, fostering personal and professional growth as a technical team lead. She is Adobe Certified as an AEM Business Practitioner, and has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrew Olson
Lead Front-End Developer @ Bounteous
Andy has deep industry experience developing, deploying, and supporting media-rich, content-driven websites and web applications. He has a background building interfaces, web applications, and mobile sites that are created with the user experience in mind. Andy has designed and developed dozens of sites for companies specializing in sporting goods, health and wellness, restaurant food service, financial and market trading, Internet radio, and more. He is also a talented front end developer, graphic designer, team leader, photographer, musician, and speaker. Andy is Acquia Certified for Front End Development for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 and has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.


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