Speakers: John Eckman

  • John Eckman: 10 Use Cases for REST API

    John Eckman: 10 Use Cases for REST API

    WordCamp Boston 2017Speaker: John Eckman

    August 13, 2017 — BUT WHY? USE CASES FOR THE REST API

  • John Eckman: WPDrama, The Four Agreements, and the WordPress Community

    John Eckman: WPDrama, The Four Agreements, and the WordPress Community

    WordCamp US 2016Speaker: John Eckman

    December 23, 2016 — The WordPress community is wonderful, but working with and in it can be a very frustrating experience. You can come to feel that no good deed goes unpunished, that no one listens to your opinions, or that all the hard work you’ve done just gets ignored. This is true whether you’re a multi-year core contributor, a business owner, or just a passionate user trying to make your site do things which feel like they ought to be simple, but turn out to be unexpectedly complex or confusing.

    Often in such situations we fall into bad patterns of miscommunication and misunderstanding, faulting others in the community for ignorance, rudeness, or outright hostility.

    The Four Agreements, a self-help book published to great acclaim nearly 20 years ago, actually offers a surprisingly helpful and accurate set of tools for helping you navigate your way through these waters. Matt Mullenweg himself recently called it “an excellent book” and said he had “enjoyed it.”

    We’ll review the four agreements:

    1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
    2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.
    3. Don’t Make Assumptions.
    4. Always Do Your Best.

    We’ll also cover how to operationalize these in the context of working with an open source community.

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  • John Eckman: Managing Clients Without Going Crazy

    John Eckman: Managing Clients Without Going Crazy

    WordCamp Rhode Island 2016Speaker: John Eckman

    October 7, 2016 — Agencies and freelancers exist in order to serve clients: without clients, there’d be no work. Despite – or maybe because of- this fact, we often find those same clients frustrating.
    In this talk I’ll share 10 lessons learned for managing clients: during the new business phase, while projects are ongoing, and as projects complete.
    Managed properly, client relationships can be tremendously rewarding and fulfilling, even if they do occasionally make you want to bang your head against a wall.

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  • John Eckman: The Enterprise Disconnect - WordPress and the Complexity of Simplicity

    John Eckman: The Enterprise Disconnect – WordPress and the Complexity of Simplicity

    WordCamp NYC 2015Speaker: John Eckman

    December 20, 2015 — The Enterprise market still sees (in large part) WordPress as a “blogging platform” or only sees WP as an option for “simple” use cases.
    This talk focuses on how we can better address that market and show the true power of WordPress’ focus on simplicity (of experience) even in contexts where complexity (of implementation) is required.

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  • John Eckman: Getting Outside the WordPress Bubble

    John Eckman: Getting Outside the WordPress Bubble

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: John Eckman

    November 2, 2015 — Getting outside the WordPress bubble – by participating meaningfully in other conferences, conversations, and communities – helps bring new ideas into our community and also helps us bring WordPress into new contexts.
    I cover what some of those other communities are (in my experience) and also some examples of what we can learn from them.

  • John Eckman: Design from the Content Out

    John Eckman: Design from the Content Out

    WordCamp Rhode Island 2015Speaker: John Eckman

    September 30, 2015 — “Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” – Jeffrey Zeldman We’ve all heard that content is king, yet when it comes to designing web experiences we’re still stuck with lorem ipsum and placeholder images, as though the real content didn’t matter. We’re still designing web experiences from the top down, starting with the desktop view of the homepage, even though they’re more likely to be experienced from the bottom up – starting with a content detail page on a mobile device. Designing from the content out means starting with atomic elements of content, and building a system of components and layouts based on the real structure of content.

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  • John Eckman: The Four Agreements and Service

    John Eckman: The Four Agreements and Service

    WordCamp Boston 2015Speaker: John Eckman

    August 7, 2015 — The core tenets of the popular self-help book (The Four Agreements) provide a surprisingly on target guide to surviving and thriving in the world of professional services:
    Be Impeccable with your word – Don’t take anything personally – Don’t make assumptions – Always do your best.

  • John Eckman: Building Software, Building Community

    John Eckman: Building Software, Building Community

    WordCamp Minneapolis 2015Speaker: John Eckman

    May 15, 2015 — WordPress the platform is great, but it isn’t just about the software. We’re on a mission to democratize publishing and have a very real opportunity to make the web a better place. The question isn’t whether you should be involved (you should) or when you should get involved (now), but how – and there are many great ways to do so. Lets go!

  • John Eckman: Modernism, Post-Modernism, and Responsive Web Design

    John Eckman: Modernism, Post-Modernism, and Responsive Web Design

    WordCamp NYC 2014Speaker: John Eckman

    November 13, 2014 — This talk takes the philosophical and literary-historical shift/tension between modernism and post-modernism and looks for signs that might help us understand the shifting sands under our own digital feet.

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  • John Eckman: Learning From the Other 78%