I attended my fourth year of BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal Camp) over the weekend, and it was, hands-down, the best yet. This year, the conference returned to the UC Berkeley campus. Following are some of the session highlights.
Presented by Molly Byrnes and Eden Gwyn
End users are you, my clients. You are creating pages, editing pages, adding products to your webstore, checking boxes, adding photos; my job is to make all of this as simple as possible for you. The more you can do yourself with your website, the less reliant you will be on your website developer to get things done quickly and efficiently.
My first action is to interview my clients before I provide an estimate. I need to figure out the common tasks you need to be able to accomplish, gather your requirements, and understand your technical aptitude.
Next, I need to build a website that gives my clients the ability to do everything they need, but not so much that it's overwhelming. This means providing help text where needed and removing unnecessary buttons and fields that may clutter the user interface.
Finally, it's important to create a user guide that is accessible on the website. This provides documentation my clients can review when they feel stuck on a task. They can also use this information to help train new team members.
Presented by Heather Rodriguez and Kat Kuhl
As a woman, a freelancer, and a self-taught web developer, this presentation spoke to me. Heather and Kat discussed the Imposter Syndrome and how it affects women and minorities in the web development community.
From their session description:
When you're new to any field, particularly a rapidly evolving, ever-changing one, it's normal to experience feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt. However, for many of us, these feelings continue well beyond the beginner phase, even after we've become successful in our careers. The persistence of self-doubt and fear of being discovered as a fraud despite evidence of achievement and success is known as impostor syndrome; and although it can happen to anyone, it most commonly afflicts high-achieving women, minorities, and other groups that are more likely to feel as if they don't belong.
Heather and Kat provided practical advice, including:
This advice led to a lively discussion among session attendees. Good stuff.