September 19–20, 2016: Training
September 20–22, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Schedule: UX optimization sessions

9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 09/20/2016
Measuring the right things DevOps, UX optimization Regent Audience level: Intermediate
Philip Tellis (Akamai), Nic Jansma (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 11 ratings)
To people responsible for the health of web properties, monitoring, measurement, and analysis of real-user experiences is key to delivering a consistent and delightful experience. Philip Tellis and Nic Jansma explore various tools and methods available to measure real-user performance in the browser. Read more.
1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, 09/20/2016
Performance for the people Design, UX optimization Regent Audience level: Intermediate
Estelle Weyl (Instart Logic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Creating accessible, performant websites can be simple when you understand the basics. Semantic markup helps ensure accessibility, improving performance and making your site accessible to screen readers and keyboard users. Estelle Weyl explores accessibility features native to semantic elements and demonstrates how to add additional accessibility with a sprinkling of ARIA roles and attributes. Read more.
1:30pm–2:10pm Wednesday, 09/21/2016
Performance for the people UX optimization Grand Ballroom West Audience level: Beginner
Jed Wood (Ancestry)
Average rating: ****.
(4.82, 11 ratings)
In recent years at Ancestry, a focus on new features and new markets has come at the expense of perceived performance. Jed Wood describes the progress Ancestry made in 2016, significantly improving page load times, overhauling how it measures performance, and starting a cultural shift to make speedy pages a requirement shared by designers, product managers, developers, and marketers. Read more.
2:25pm–3:05pm Wednesday, 09/21/2016
Performance for the people Design, UX optimization Grand Ballroom West Audience level: Beginner
Boris Livshutz (Akamai Technologies), Manuel Alvarez (Akamai Technologies)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)
Single-page app frameworks present performance and monitoring challenges: they are processing intensive, and monitoring tools do not accurately track UX, masking users' pains from performance teams. Boris Livshutz and Manuel Alvarez explore the importance of selecting the right framework, the power of isomorphic JavaScript, and how to use the User Timing specification. Read more.
11:35am–12:15pm Thursday, 09/22/2016
Performance for the people Design, UX optimization Regent Audience level: Intermediate
Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 10 ratings)
Too often increased performance is about reduction. This can lead to a culture of tension between designers and developers, with an enforced minimalism and a mentality of the fastest page being a page with nothing on it. Mark Zeman explores three case studies that showcase techniques for delivering the richest web user experience possible in a way that is still highly performant. Read more.
2:25pm–3:05pm Thursday, 09/22/2016
Performance for the people Cognitive systems, UX optimization Regent Audience level: Intermediate
Patrick Meenan (Facebook), Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 6 ratings)
Google partnered with SOASTA to train a machine-learning model on a large sample of real-world performance, conversion, and bounce data. Patrick Meenan and Tammy Everts offer an overview of the resulting model, able to predict the impact of performance work and other site metrics on conversion and bounce rates. Read more.
3:50pm–4:30pm Thursday, 09/22/2016
Performance for the people Security, UX optimization Regent Audience level: Beginner
Sonia Burney (Akamai), Sabrina Burney (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Security techniques have generally focused on protecting users by blocking requests going to the origin, but security is also a concern at the browser. Sonia Burney and Sabrina Burney explore how security can be enforced at the browser level through a combination of optimization techniques and security enhancements, which overall provide an optimal end-user experience. Read more.