What do you do with a problem?

As developers it's our job to solve problems. The way we approach these problems will either stop forward momentum or propel us toward delivering a truly great product. In this session we'll discuss strategies to improve our problem sensing and problem solving skills as well as the value these help you provide.

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Each of our sessions are digitally broadcast live and feature world-class speakers. Each presentation typically has 30-40 minutes set aside for instruction followed by another 15 minutes or so for Questions & Answers at the end.

About This Session

What do you do with a problem? Our chief responsibility in web development is solving difficult problems with software. However, there is a lot more that goes into problem solving than simply building a solution. For instance, how do you even decide which solution is the right one?

To really solve someone’s problem you need to first understand it. More than that, you need to understand the problem behind the problem. Clients and customers will often come to you asking to build the solution they’ve conceived on their own. One of the things you need to do is extract from them what business problems they’re trying to solve. Often times the best solution is not what they’ve asked for. Your next problem, then, is educating and guiding your client/customer to the best solution for their actual needs.

If you’ve completed more than one project you know that problems are a recurring thing we must face in development. They are not limited to defining the start of a project. As you get into a solution you’ll encounter new challenges and road blocks. It is paramount, in these moments, that your problem sensing and problem solving skills stay sharp.

More often than not, your ability to predict and avoid – or confront and subdue – mid-project problems are what will establish your reputation as the best person to contact for a project. To that end, we will also address how we can keep road blocks from consuming us or affecting overall productivity. Better still, we’ll also discuss how to take the problems we encounter and turn them into opportunities.


What You’ll Learn

  • How to embrace your problem-solving role
  • Ways to improve your problem sensing skills
  • New ways to define and understand problems
  • How to anticipate and plan for problems
  • Proven, in-the-moment strategies for when you feel stuck
  • Methods for bringing problems to clients’ attention
  • How to turn perceived problems into opportunities
  • and more!


About Krissie VandeNoord

Krissie VandeNoord is a UX Engineer and WordPress developer with over 8 years of experience. Leveraging experiences gained both in and outside the WordPress community, she focuses on projects that use WordPress to optimize sales, workflow, and learning for companies such as John Deere and the Kansas City Ballet. Her latest endeavors include a ReactJS auction site for BNSF. She is currently exploring how to use those ideas in WP projects.

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