Business + Community

The Business and Strategy track is aimed at attendees looking for actionable advice, ideas and challenges from business owners, executives, and project managers. Sessions are intended to be relevant not just to Drupal shops, but the digital experience business as a whole. Sessions in this track will be non-technical by nature.

We aim to generate ideas and inspiration for recruiting and hiring, company culture, sales and marketing, digital strategy, products and service offerings. Emphasis will given to relevant experience, story-driven narratives and ideas outside of the core Drupal ecosystem. Preference will also be given to individual sessions that provide in-depth lessons learned over panel-based sessions preaching general best practices.

Suggested Topics

  • Recruiting and retaining talent
  • Tools and best practices for teams - local and distributed
  • Customer service, communication, and marketing
  • Selling Drupal: Showcasing the value of investing in open source
  • Beyond Drupal: offering products, strategy, services and integrated solutions
  • Growing and scaling your business
  • Choosing the right platform for a technology start-up
  • The upgrade decision: when is the right time to move to Drupal 8?

Live The Dream, Work Remote: Building a Successful Distributed Drupal Shop

Virtual. Remote. Distributed. This style of organization is becoming wildly more in demand and popular among many industries including web shops. However, building and sustaining a strong relationship requires a unique approach and making us of variety of tools to create the right work culture. In this session we will talk about key tactics to keep your development (and all other staff) happy, inspired, creative, productive and most importantly, part of YOUR team.

Say no to special snowflakes and scale: Drupal as a service for higher education

At the University of Colorado Boulder, we run Drupal as a service for any college, school, department, faculty member, or student group on campus free of charge. We are approaching 1,000 websites on our service and do this with 4 developers.

This presentation will provide and overview of our approach and tools we use to run this service.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a condition in which one feels like they aren't qualified to do what they've been tasked to do or have gotten to where they are through sheer luck. Not only have I personally experienced this and continue to almost 20 years into my career, but almost every developer I've ever met has dealt with it.

When developing/designing/managing/cooking, do you ever feel like:

Backdrop CMS - The Drupal Fork

Backdrop CMS is the Drupal fork. It is a faster and less-complex version of Drupal 7 with Panels, Views, and Configuration Management added into core.

Backdrop CMS has already seen five on-time releases that have added more new core features: a built-in Rich-Text editor, built-in automatic URLs and page redirects, and a browser for adding new add-ons directly from your existing site. Backdrop also includes an updated administrative theme, a new core theme, dozens of UX improvements, as well as the expected improved APIs for developers.

Drupal Solutions Mixology 101

A primer on building the best Drupal solutions mix for clients.

We will walk through how you can utilize open source technology, vendors, and other 3rd party services to create the optimal blend of experience, services, and integration for clients while expanding their ability to conduct business and enhance organizational agility and velocity to drive future growth. This means determining where Drupal fits and best to integrate other vendors and services into your crafted services cocktail.