Innovation and Open Source at WordCamp Bari

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the very first WordCamp Bari! I’ll present a talk about innovation and Open Source: how they relate to each other, examples, and ideas for the future.

WordCamp Bari will take place on the 12th of May at Bari’s Impact Hub location, a co-working space in the Fiera del Levante area—one of the biggest and most important exhibition spaces in the Mediterranean Basin, and iconic cultural bridge between Western and Eastern Europe.

Tickets are still available, so if you work with WordPress and a trip to the sunny South-East of Italy doesn’t break your bank, join us. Bari has an international airport served by both flag carriers and low cost airlines, the food is outstanding and the local population extremely welcoming!

The session is going to be in Italian, but I might present it in English at some point. Stay tuned!

Links

My speaker profile
My talk’s abstract
WordCamp Bari schedule

Road trip in Portugal: the data

During May 2017, Stef and I had an amazing time in Portugal. The two of us, our carry-on’s, two DSLR’s, and a Škoda Fabia that I rented in Porto and dropped off in Lisbon visited some of the best places in the country.

Whilst Stef put out there a report with things to see, eat, drink, etc., I wanted to go a bit deeper on the data. How much did I walk, drive or sleep? What’s the longest walk we’ve done? Where did I sleep better? Thanks to a couple of devices and some apps, it’s all here.

The itinerary

We arrived in Porto on the 19th evening and left the country from Lisbon on the 28th’s early afternoon, so I’m not going to count those two days. Therefore, I’m going to count as Day 1 the second day we spent in the country.

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Send better emails with SCRAP

Over the last few months I’ve been talking about writing quite often. One of the main takeaways I normally convey is this: you should (almost) never start from a blank page. Always, always have a clear structure first.

Templates usually help, and I have several of those for all the kinds of write-ups I regularly do. When it’s time to send a business email, whether I know the recipient or not, I usually try structuring the text using the SCRAP model.

What does SCRAP stand for?

A message that’s been put together according to the SCRAP formula has these ingredients, in this exact order:

Situation: where we’re at right now.
Complication: the problem that needs to be dealt with.
Resolution: your proposed way to fix the problem.
Action: the action you want the reader to take (a click, or even a simple answer).
Politeness: the end, on a friendly note.

Here’s a simple example. Alex and Sam are two random people who briefly met at a meetup. In this email, Sam is doing a classic networking follow-up and the SCRAP model fits perfectly:

Hey Alex,

Lovely to meet you yesterday at the Product meetup! Glad we were able to chat before the schedule got underway.  ➡️ SITUATION

I remember you mentioned [CHALLENGE], which is far too common in our industry. ➡️ COMPLICATION

Since that’s exactly what our team does, I’d be really happy to have a chat with you and explore ways to work together. ➡️ RESOLUTION

It would be great to schedule a Skype call earlier next week. Does Monday 10AM work for you? ➡️ ACTION

Looking forward to hearing from you. ➡️ POLITENESS

Cheers!

Sam

Why does it work?

As a template, it works by default—it gives you a framework with five content blocks to fill, so that you can create a first version quickly and painlessly. As a message, it’s short and to the point, and prompts the recipient to perform the intended action.

Mind the Product 2017, London. See you there?

On the 8th of September I’ll have the pleasure to attend the Mind the Product conference at Barbican Hall, London.

Mind the Product is an event dedicated to product management, bringing together product people from all over the world to explore the intersection of design, technology and business. The schedule looks amazing—Jake Knapp, lead author of Sprint, does look like a strong way to start!—and I can’t wait to meet so many people who work in the greater product ecosystem.

If you’re coming and you’d like to hear more about anything I or we at Human Made do (WordPress for enterprise, products with WordPress, etc.) just get in touch beforehand—I’ll be more than happy to chat during the breaks or at the afterparty 🙂

Follow the #MTPcon hashtag on Twitter to know more!

Resizing multiple objects in Keynote

More like a note to self than a real Keynote protip, because for some reason I never seem to remember this little trick when I need it.

If you need to resize multiple objects in keynote, select them, then Arrange → Group.

Menu entry for grouping multiple objects to resize them in Keynote

Once they’ve been grouped, you’ll be able to resize them with your mouse.

Ungroup to get back to single objects.

A KeepCup for each attendee.

WordCamp Brighton gifted each attendee with a brand new KeepCup and a reusable bottle of water. Whilst I have my trusty Nalgene with me all the time, the KeepCup is a nice addition to my messenger bag regular content.

One of the goals in WCBTN’s organisers’ mind was to create a conference that had zero impact on the environment. With reusable bottles and mugs, the event wouldn’t end with an enormous amount of paper cups and plastic bottles to throw away. And now I can keep the tradition going: I always politely ask baristas to fill my water bottle with tap water, now I can ask them to use my KeepCup for coffee without having to dispose a paper cup once I’m done.

Blogs and social media at WordCamp Edinburgh 2017

I’m super excited to announce that I’m speaking at WordCamp Edinburgh 2017! I’ll present a talk about long-form content and social media, which I’ve cheekily titled Are Twitter threads killing blogs?

WordCamp Edinburgh will take place on 22-23 July at CodeBase, the UK’s largest startup incubator, located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. I’ll speak on Saturday, at 3:45pm, and it’s going to be the closing keynote of day 1.

Tickets are still available, so if work with WordPress and you’re in the position to afford a trip to Edinburgh, don’t hesitate and come with us.

Links

My speaker profile
My talk’s abstract
WordCamp Edinburgh 2017 schedule

WordCamp Europe 2017

WordCamp Europe 2017 is starting in just three days! 15-17 June in Paris, France.

I’ll be there, travelling from the UK. On a Eurostar, which excites me big time—you know how much I love train trips.

Looking forward to seeing all my friends (whether from Human Made or the greater WordPress community), meeting new people, and obviously listening to another bunch of amazing talks.

5 awesome Instagram accounts to follow

If you follow me on the web, you know I’m a huge fan of Instagram.

I was a bit disappointed when they started stealing every possible feature from Snapchat, but I’ve kept using it on a daily basis, just like millions of other people. Uploading my own photos, liking/commenting other Instagram users, and messing around with Stories.

Here are 5 Instagram accounts I’m loving these days.
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See you at WordCamp Brighton?

Yep, another WordCamp in South England where I’m speaking. 🎉

In my talk at WordCamp Brighton I’ll explain who a product person is and how I apply my product person identity to everything I do.

It’s pretty much the same talk I’ve done at WordCamp Torino, but this time it’s going to be in English and I’ll only have 15 minutes, so I’m planning to structure it quite differently.

WordCamp Brighton will be held on the 18th and 19th of August 2017 at The Old Market (11A Upper Market St, Brighton BN3 1AS). There will also be a Contribution Day on the 20th of August 2017 at Barclays Eagle Labs (1 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QU). I’ll speak on Friday 18th, at 1:30pm.

Tickets & Sponsorship spaces

Both tickets and sponsorship spaces are still available.

If you work in the WordPress ecosystem and a trip to Brighton doesn’t break your bank, don’t think twice and buy that ticket. You’ll learn something, expand your network, and contribute to the project.

If you think that exposing your brand and support a growing WordPress community makes sense for your business, there are still 3 sponsorship packages that come with a stand. Other spaces that are cheap and unlimited are also available, and they’re all perfect to have some exposure and contribute to the success of the event.

Links

My speaker profile
My talk’s abstract
WordCamp Brighton 2017 schedule