Speakers: Dwayne McDaniel

  • Dwayne McDaniel: Nobody wants a website. They want results!

    Dwayne McDaniel: Nobody wants a website. They want results!

    WordCamp US 2018Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    December 31, 2018 — How many times have you been in a situation where the client is never happy with the results, no matter what you do? How many ’emergency’ messages have you responded to because the site isn’t quite right in some new way? How many clients have you lost or fired because they honestly had no idea what they really wanted? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this session is for you!

    Gathered from years of ‘learning it the hard way’ I am excited to share my knowledge with Freelancers, Agency Owners, Project Managers, Business Development professionals as well as anyone else who wants to better manage conversations.
    Walk away from this talk with a better understanding of:
    Project And Sales Pipeline Strategy
    Uncovering Client Business Goals
    KPIs vs KPIs
    Managing Scope

  • Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI: Don’t Fear the Command Line

    Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI: Don’t Fear the Command Line

    WordCamp Albuquerque 2018Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    February 27, 2018 — In this presentation I will demonstrate a simple install script that will have a fully functioning, customized WP website in about the same time than it normally takes download the WordPress.zip file. We will also look for how third party tools and hosts are leveraging the WP-CLI to make your life as a developer even easier. Walk away with: -A new appreciation for the command line. -The desire to script ‘all the things’ to save time. -Knowledge of serious time saving tools -Ideas about how to automate your processes to be more productive and profitable.

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  • Dwayne McDaniel: Discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery! The most import part of the project

    Dwayne McDaniel: Discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery! The most import part of the project

    WordCamp Phoenix 2018Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    February 26, 2018 — When a project goes wrong, most of the time it fails as a result of mismatched expectations. This can be avoided for most clients by following a repeatable and thorough discovery process. Understanding how to ask the right questions up front can mean the difference between happy clients who are eager to give you more business and nightmare clients who can never be satisfied.

    This session will focus on:

    – Asking the right questions
    – Controlling the conversation
    – Creating maintainable expectations
    – Using discovery throughout your business

  • Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI: Don’t Fear The Command Line

    Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI: Don’t Fear The Command Line

    WordCamp Birmingham 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    January 11, 2018 — In this presentation, I will demonstrate a simple install script that will have a fully functioning, customized WP website in about the same time than it normally takes download the WordPress.zip file. We will also look for how third party tools and hosts are leveraging the WP-CLI to make your life as a developer even easier.

  • Dwayne McDaniel: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery, Discovery! The Most Important Part Of The Project

    Dwayne McDaniel: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery, Discovery! The Most Important Part Of The Project

    WordCamp Seattle 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    January 9, 2018 — When a project goes wrong, most of the time it fails as a result of mismatched expectations. This can be avoided for most clients by following a repeatable and thorough discovery process. Understanding how to ask the right questions up front can mean the difference between happy clients who are eager to give you more business and nightmare clients who can never be satisfied.

    This session will focus on:

    Asking the right questions
    Controlling the conversation
    Creating maintainable expectations
    Using discovery throughout your business

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  • Dwayne McDaniel: Everything Louder Than Everything Else! Navigating Stakeholder Needs Through Better Discovery

    Dwayne McDaniel: Everything Louder Than Everything Else! Navigating Stakeholder Needs Through Better Discovery

    WordCamp Baltimore 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    October 20, 2017 — We have all been there: a project gets defined and scope set when suddenly a new requirement becomes a ‘must have’ from a key stakeholder. Surely this one off addition can’t hurt. But soon comes another one. And another. Until finally our original design has become ‘design by committee’ and no one is happy.

    Understanding how to ask the right questions up front can mean the difference between happy clients who are eager to give you more business and nightmare clients who can never be satisfied.

    This session will focus on delivering a better discovery process with all team members that not only uncover their individual goals, but uncover the big picture. We will discuss how to ask the right kind of questions. The ones that give you all the backup you need later to stand firm and calm the stakeholder down when the ‘one off’ requests come in.

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  • Dwayne McDaniel: Every Project Is A Story, Applying Storytelling To Your Client Interactions

    Dwayne McDaniel: Every Project Is A Story, Applying Storytelling To Your Client Interactions

    WordCamp Chicago 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    August 31, 2017 — Topics will cover:
    • Defining a story (The Story Spine)
    • Translating dreams into goals and actionable steps
    • Using the larger story as your roadmap
    • Driving your process with ‘why’

  • Discussion Panel : Working in the Open (Source)

    Discussion Panel : Working in the Open (Source)

    WordCamp Boston 2017Speakers: Dwayne McDaniel, Jared Novack, Mel Choyce, Steven Word

    August 8, 2017 — A panel discussion with leaders and contributors in the WordPress project, and other open source project owners. How do you get started contributing to open source software, like WordPress? How have your contributions to open source helped you?

  • Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI - WP Yes You – Can

    Dwayne McDaniel: WP-CLI – WP Yes You – Can

    WordCamp Raleigh 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    June 22, 2017 — He have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005.

    He said “It is 2017 and time to make the robots do all the things we can make them do. Machines can do just about anything as long as you give them the properly formed instructions. Fortunately for us WordPress allows us to give these instructions in an easy to learn and very robust manner called The WP-CLI. It is the fastest way to install, active and update any theme, plugin or just about anything else in your WordPress site.
    In this presentation I will demonstrate a simple install script that will have a fully functioning, customized WP website in about the same time than it normally takes download the WordPress.zip file. We will also look for how third party tools and hosts are leveraging the WP-CLI to make your life as a developer even easier.”

  • Dwayne McDaniel: We Are All Making This Up: Improv Lessons for Developers

    Dwayne McDaniel: We Are All Making This Up: Improv Lessons for Developers

    WordCamp Europe 2017Speaker: Dwayne McDaniel

    June 21, 2017 — I have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005.

    There are a lot of parallels between the open source development world and Improv communities. The goal of this talk is to expose the similarities and directly apply the core principles from the stagecraft of improv to get better code, smoother projects and ultimately happier customers. At the end the audience will be able to take practical examples and very simple exercises back to their organizations to better communicate with customers and internal stakeholders alike as well as techniques to get ‘unstuck’ when hitting major blockages in creativity needed for elegant code.