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February 21, 2014 - No Comments!

My Biggest Mistake

Big MistakeFollowing up on last fall’s successful Chicago Ideas Week session, “My Worst Idea Ever,” we’ve partnered with developer-training organization Dev Bootcamp to host a quarterly “Biggest Mistake Night”—aka, “Mrs. O’Leary Night,” in honor of the woman whose cow mythically started the Great Chicago Fire—in which smart people talk about the bad ideas they’ve had and what they’ve learned from them.

There is importance in failure—not only does it give you nuts-and-bolts experience that you can draw from later, but it also teaches you how to deal with making mistakes and, best yet, how to rebound from them. It’s empowering—especially for those just starting their careers—to hear experienced professionals openly and honestly discuss their mistakes. It reminds us that nobody’s perfect, that even the best minds need to ask for help sometimes, and that failing isn’t shameful.

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June 10, 2013 - No Comments!

Table XI Takes on TechWeek

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TechWeek Chicago is just around the corner again and we'll be back (June 27-29, Merchandise Mart). As Chicago's tech scene continues to grow and thrive, we love getting the chance to listen, learn, and participate in this ever-evolving community.

This year we’ve got two Table XIers speaking at the conference, so be sure to register and get these talks on your calendar.

COO Mark Rickmeier — Mobile Prototyping: TechWeek Lab Coat Series
Fri, June 28 / Bing Stage / 3–3:30 pm

Mobile applications require massive amounts of usability testing and incremental design—nowhere is rapid prototyping more important. We'll explore the best tools for quickly creating functional prototypes that you can use for customer demos, as well as which tools to avoid. If you're still using whiteboards, powerpoint, .psd files, or balsamiq to convey your mobile app concepts, this talk is for you—you'll leave with options and ideas to put to work following your TechWeek experience.

Senior Developer + Agile Coach Noel Rappin — Welcome to Ember.js
Fri, June 28 / Technical Stage / 11–11:30 am

Ember.js is the most powerful of the JavaScript MVC tools. It takes a different perspective on managing changing data in your browser. This talk will discuss the key ideas and concepts in learning and using Ember.js.

May 16, 2013 - No Comments!

Data by Design: May Table Talks

For years the term "Big Data" has buzzed on the lips of CEOs and executives and bounced off board room walls. Companies understand the opportunity their data represents to customize products and services to their customers, streamline operational efficiency, and unearth market insights that provide a competitive advantage. But knowing how best to apply data is one thing—telling a story through data in a way that illuminates is an art unto itself.

CNN Money recently published an insightful piece on this subject. Author Olof Schybergson says, "It's about turning information into meaningful insights people can use, giving data a human shape and a connection with the messy real world that we live in... Designers have it ingrained to focus on simplicity and bring a singular focus to delighting the end user—regardless of whether they are a business user or consumer. Designers know how to take complex or disparate information and make it tangible, understandable, and importantly, more human."

We'll be tackling this with the experts for our May Table Talks: Data by Design. Joining us for lunch on Thursday, May 23 will be Datascope Analytics partner Aaron Wolf, designer Sharlene King, DataMade founder Derek Eder, Chicago Data Visualization Meetup organizer Josh Doyle, and Table XI COO Mark Rickmeier, each of whom will treat us to a PechaKucha-style presentation on the topic.

Follow along at #tabletalks, and make sure to check out past Table Talks at Table XI's PechaKucha channel.

If you're interested in joining Table Talks as a guest just request an invitation through our website here.

May Table Talks: Data by Design

January 10, 2013 - No Comments!

Recruiting with Dr. Seuss

LinkedIn Dr SeussRecruiting top talent isn't easy. Sometimes you need to take a step back and get creative about how you approach candidates. In our case, we stopped resorting to inbox spam, and turned instead to "Green Eggs and Ham". Today we published an article on the LinkedIn blog recounting the story of how our COO Mark Rickmeier recruited one of our newest developers, Andrew, through a shared love of Dr. Seuss. Here's an excerpt from the blog post:

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Check out the post, complete with the original poems on LinkedIn.  And for more Andrew rhymes, read his ode to code and poetry.