Using agile to transform “clients” into “partners”


The May Toledo Web Professionals meetup will feature Nick DeNardis.

Working with clients in a freelance or agency setting has its unique challenges. Getting client feedback at each stage of a project is inefficient, too much time passes between feedback and next design next steps. This type of workflow increases the possibility of mistakes and false expectations of deadlines. Nick will talk about creating an agile workflow in your environment to transform clients in to partners on a project. This shift in relationship can have a major impact on the speed, accuracy and level of work produced. Every team is different and introducing agile practices can lead to resistance. Nick will explore techniques to bring an agile workflow to a team for faster feedback loops and to produce better work.

Nick DeNardis leads the strategy, execution, and implementation of all public facing digital communications for Wayne State University, including the websites, social media and digital signage around campus. His team is also responsible for creation and maintenance of several university-wide tools including the content management system, events calendar, RSVP system, HTML email creator, form creator and short URL system. He and his team pride themselves on research based decisions, creation of fully cross browser and accessible solutions.

He previously hosted a video podcast called EDU Checkup, where he reviewed higher education websites from the perspective of a first time visitor. The podcast examined the websites visuals, information and code which resulted in an A-F “grade” overall. Nick is also an organizer of Refresh Detroit, he is the technical director for TEDxDetroit, avid conference speaker and teacher for Girl Develop It.


Service Spring Corporation
1703 Toll Gate Dr.
Maumee, OH 43537, US (map)

Access Notes

Look for large "1703" sign. Use visitor's entrance (single door on front of building).