I'm at SharePoint Saturday Boston today and am noticing a particular trend - in the sessions I'm attending, from Beginner-level content management or Advanced-level automated site provisioning (and everything in between), the speaker's message to the audience includes this:
CONSIDER THE USERS.
This is not to say that the excellent presenters at SharePoint Saturday Boston have not delivered this message in the past; it's more to say that at this, the biggest SharePoint Saturday Boston has yet seen, the theme seems pervasive through the wide variety of subject matter.
I'm so happy to see this focus throughout the talks (not only in Governance and Adoption sessions). My guess is that innovations in user experience on the Web and in consumer technology products have made a focus on UX, even in SharePoint, impossible to ignore.
The audience is as interactive and collaborative as ever, and not only have I learned some new tricks today, I've been able to make new connections with smart and passionate people in this community.
Thank you to all those who attended my session on "Tracking and Reporting on a NonLinear Process with InfoPath and PowerPivot" (slides available here), and thank you to the organizers and sponsors who made the day possible. Looking forward to next year!