I've spent the last 4 months on tour. I've spoken at private company events, tech conferences and meetup groups, all in the spirit of our mission at D-I. By the end, I spoke at 34 events in 13 cities all over the United States to nearly 3,000 designers, developers and product managers.
Our mission at D-I is to inspire companies to engage in better conversations with their customers -- to understand that great software isn't just features and specs, but rather an important piece of their users' lives.
While this tour was a solo venture, it was a team effort. I have an amazing supporting team here in Cleveland who managed the day to day efforts at the company. It's not easy walking away from the daily grind and leaving it in others' hands. But, my team proved to not only keep things moving, but to actively improve the company while I was away. I am so appreciative of how they stepped up to support me.
The topic was company culture and how it takes a team effort to create anything great. To demonstrate how you can use your culture as an advantage to exploit problems in big companies who lack a cohesive culture.
Here's a video from talk #18 in Cincinatti, OH. It was streamed and recorded by Gaslight Software. It was a great event, even if not one of my best performances.