Erin McKean speaking at DevXcon: 2018

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Erin McKean

Developer Advocate | IBM

Erin McKean

Erin McKean is a developer advocate at IBM and the founder of the not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary.

Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark (if you have ever written anything in Omnimark, she will buy you a drink). She’s the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.


User research for dev rel: asking the right questions

What does user research mean for developer relations? Are you asking the right people the right questions and doing the right thing with their answers? In this talk, we’ll look at some of the best practices for user research in product development and discuss how they apply to developer relations.


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