Jenny Beaumont

I've built my career on doing what others said couldn't be done.

Fresh out of journalism school, I spent a few years doing odd jobs while freelancing as a writer and photographer. I then moved from the U.S. to France, where I stumbled into the web industry and learned design and development. It was the early days of the web, when we were all just making it up as we went. Arguably, we still are.

Clients would tell me how some other web developer said that what they wanted couldn’t be done. I built my career on that challenge, and spent 17 years creating innovative websites for businesses of all shapes and sizes. I worked across a variety of industries, including sports, entertainment, and textiles, creating portfolios, intranet sites, e-commerce shops and more. If you’d like to hear more about these formative years, check out my talk, Doing it Wrong.

In more recent years I took a deep dive down the Agile rabbit hole, developing a passion for creating fun and sustainable working environments in which remote, cross-disciplinary software development teams can unleash their full potential.  

I’m a former lead organizer of WordCamp Paris and WordCamp Europe, and have spoken at a number of events on subjects as varied as multilingual publishing and current trends in customizable products.

I've written/appeared elsewhere

Shaping a Vision of Success
Post Status, January 19, 2017
Hold Steadfast and Make Change
24 Days of December, December 23, 2015
Growth in the French community
Post Status, June 23, 2015

Speaking engagements

Aginext 2021
Scaling Agile | Scaling DevOps | Scaling Empathy Panel
WordCamp Europe 2019
Doing it Wrong
WordCamp US 2018
Scrum for devs
Blend Web Mix 2018
Doing it Wrong (French)
WP Tech Lyon 2018
Scrum pour les nuls devs (French)
WordCamp Bordeaux 2017
Zen et l'art de la contribution (French)
WPTech Nantes 2015
PDFs à la volée avec TCPDF (French)
WordCamp Lyon 2015
Maintenance Matters (French)
WordCamp Paris 2015
A Mulitlingual Dialogue (French/English)
w/ Caspar Hübinger

WordCamp Europe 2014
How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife?
WordCamp Switzerland 2014
Case study: Custom Digital Downloads, an extension for WooCommerce
WordCamp Paris 2014
WPML, une extension pour vos sites multilingue (French)