15LCS Half-Day Training – Discover Discovery: The First, Crucial Step in a Successful Tech Project

This is one of five half-day trainings taking place the day before the 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, D.C. Half-day trainings are open to both LCS attendees and non-LCS attendees. Space is limited.

Leading technology initiatives in service of social change can be overwhelming. From budgeting to managing the implementation to launching and maintaining the solution, it’s all too easy to dive into technical details and decision making too soon, without taking a step back to consider the motivations of your target audiences alongside your own goals.

Join us for this participatory workshop to get a head start on your next project.

We’ll run you through a proven approach to beginning any technology project that is often referred to as Discovery. With a thorough Discovery process, you set the stage for initiatives that promote engagement and focus your energies and budget on solutions that best support your organization’s mission.

We’ll provide participants with tools and strategies for:

  • Identifying the intended audiences for your initiative.
  • Defining features that speak to the needs and interests of those audiences.
  • Developing user stories and other tools that capture your vision.
  • Selecting the appropriate vendors and/or technology platforms.
  • Developing a project plan for managing implementation.

From ideation to project management and delivery, you will leave this workshop not just brimming with ideas but armed with a plan to put them into action right away.

Speaker: Brett Meyer
Brett built his first website in 1996 and has been actively involved in Internet development ever since, with particular focus on project management, user experience, and analytics. A stint in the Peace Corps, working at a radio station in rural West Africa, brought him into the nonprofit world. Prior to ThinkShout, Brett spent 6 years at the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), serving as its Communications Director; while there, he helped NTEN grow its community from a few thousand to more than 50,000 participants and found a calling in helping cause-driven organizations use technology to better meet their missions. Outside of work, Brett spends more time than he'd care to admit playing and watching soccer, but he does find time to cook several times a week and to escape on backpacking trips with his wife Melissa, where they work on their photography portfolios. He's also an excellent source for beer or restaurant recommendations in the Portland area.
Speaker: Sean Larkin
Sean Larkin founded ThinkShout in the summer of 2009, providing technology planning and social media services to start-ups, small businesses and non-profits. Think!Shout is a strong open source proponent and leverages the Drupal CMS platform for software development. Sean brings over ten years of diverse leadership and technical consulting experience to the team. He has been working with the best and brightest software engineers and designers in the Drupal community for the past four years. He has led national community organizing initiatives and international relief projects, served as a fundraising strategist for environmental groups worldwide, and run two open source software consultancies specializing in Drupal development. He holds a master of public administration (MPA) degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School and is an avid whitewater enthusiast, certified kayaking instructor, raft guide and whitewater videographer. Both professionally and personally, Sean has been a long-time advocate and supporter of river conservation organizations such as River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance.