UXDX Manchester

2 June 2020, 12:30 - 17:30

Product Development is Broken


of features fail to deliver value

Microsoft started tracking every feature and discovered that only 33% of good ideas actually delivered the expected value


of people have their hands tied

The delivery team know what is best but they are blocked by company structure and policies from doing the right thing.


more time spent on rework

Teams that use legacy development practices spend more time on rework which kills motivation and slows delivery.

There's a Better Way of Building Products

Projects involve functions temporarily working together to deliver a set scope, but this limits the ability to learn about customers and forces a more short term view. What we need is for the right mix of skills across Product, UX, Design, Dev and Ops to be working together to learn, build and continuously improve the product. 

From Waterfall Projects
To Cross Functional Product Teams

What To Expect

UXDX Model

Learn the UXDX Model

Our mission is to help teams improve their processes and shift from being feature factories towards owning and delivery business outcomes. Hear about the challenges of successes of companies who are leading this shift and breaking down the barriers between development, design and product teams.

Alice Newton, Head of Product, World Remit

Global Trail Blazers

From nimble scaleups  to enterprises  talking about the challenges they're facing, how they're solving them and the focus areas. You'll learn proven strategies from teams who've already tested it in the market that you can leverage to speed up your delivery. 

2 men talking


Step out of the office for a day to learn and network on how others are speeding up product delivery. Grow your network by meeting new and old faces in your local city- get to ask the questions you don't feel like asking your team. 

Sharing their story

Our speakers have been selected to give you a snapshot into the product life-cycle, from research, to build, deploy and product launch. The goal will be to help you enhance your process which in turn will help you advance your product. 

Rory Madden

Rory Madden

Founder, UXDX

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

Principal UX Developer, Auto Trader UK

Christina Connelly

Christina Connelly

Head of Experience Design (XD), DigitalBridge HQ

Jon Howard

Jon Howard

Executive Product Manager, BBC

UXDX Dublin Agenda

Arrival and Networking

Opening Address

Customer Centricity

Every product must solve a customer need in a way that is profitable for the company. Too often companies lose the initial focus on the customer and focus purely on...

Every product must solve a customer need in a way that is profitable for the company. Too often companies lose the initial focus on the customer and focus purely on the business needs. It may work in the short term but it leaves the company exposed to competitors and disruption. The Customer Centricity stream focuses on the product management approaches to creating winning product strategies that connect the dots between customer needs and business outcomes.

Jon Howard, Executive Product Manager
Own It: Mind Your Language

Jon Howard, Executive Product Manager, BBC

As young people are handed their first personal smartphone they are given the keys to a world of wonders, a world that hasn't been designed for children. The internet is, in general, a force for good - how can children be supported so that they can find the good? The Own It App is a product development story of research, design and validation that implements a technology of our time in response to an issue of our time.


Chris Gibbons, Principal UX Developer
And in the beginning, there was HTML

Chris Gibbons, Principal UX Developer, Auto Trader UK

HTML is the fundamental building block of the web and is at the very heart of everything we do.

JavaScript & modern frameworks have transformed the way we work and what we produce for the web, yet sadly along the way we've forgotten our history, and it seems, web standards.

We fought long and hard for these standards. We fought long & hard for modern browsers, and now we are fighting hard for a more accessible web.

Let us (re)learn how to make things as they should be, and make the web a better place.

Christina Connelly, Head of Experience Design (XD)
Everyone is a UX Designer

Christina Connelly, Head of Experience Design (XD), DigitalBridge HQ

Creating a product team isn't as simple as re-branding a project team. The responsibilities and expectations have changed - and change is hard. The Building a Team stream covers the mindset shift for people moving from working in clear silos to working collaboratively across UX, UI, Dev and Product and building the t-shaped skills necessary to support modern product development. It also covers the adaptive leadership approach required to guide and mentor the team to success.


Continuous Delivery

Releases used to be measured in months - now they are measured in minutes. This can seem like an insurmountable challenge for companies dealing with legacy systems and long testing...

Releases used to be measured in months - now they are measured in minutes. This can seem like an insurmountable challenge for companies dealing with legacy systems and long testing cycles, but it is critical to enable the quick feedback cycles we need to learn about our customers. The Continuous Delivery stream dives into the approaches that companies are using to migrate safely away from legacy systems and automate their DevOps release processes.

Rory Madden, Founder
Turning Motivation into Action

Rory Madden, Founder, UXDX

Working as product teams delivers better results but making the shift involves changing how teams and companies work - and change is hard. 

How do we convince people that we have thought through the implications of the changes that we are proposing without getting bogged down in months of analysis, meetings and pointless whiteboard strategising. 

In this talk Rory will give an introduction to the UXDX framework, which is the result of years of hands on experience helping teams to make the transition from projects to products. 


Join Us in Manchester and Rethink Product Delivery

Venue: Auto Trader UK

Our purpose is to lead the future of the UK's digital automotive marketplace. We aim to improve the process of buying and selling vehicles in the UK, by continually evolving the ecosystem to provide a better experience for consumers, retailers and manufacturers alike.

At Auto Trader, our company values are embedded into all that we do, they underpin everything. Community minded is one of our values and for us it means, we look after each other and think of others before ourselves. We respect diversity and advocate inclusion. We make a difference to the communities around us and so hosting and promoting tech events in Manchester is one of the ways we love to connect with the digital sector.

1 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Register for our 50% Pre-Sale on 17th April

We will be releasing a limited sale of tickets on 17th April for €495 each. Even though the tickets are half price they still include full access to UXDX 2020 including the two days of talks and workshops as well as the networking events around Dublin. Register for the Pre-Sale today.